KOHLI SETS INDIAN WIN

Virat Kohli scored an impressive century to help India win. Kohli struck a 104-ball 105, his second successive and fourth overall ODI century, to guide India to 276 before an abrupt collapse in 49 overs.

Part-timer Yuvraj Singh (three for 43), his lanky spin colleague Ravichandran Ashwin (three for 50) and paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (three for 30) then shared nine wickets as New Zealand folded for 236 in 45.2 overs.

Ross Taylor (66) tried his best and down the order, Nathan McCullum (35) and Kyle Mills (32) threw their bats at everything but that was not enough for the tourists, beaten 1-0 in the recent test series, to avert defeat.

It was the 22-year-old Kohli who set the tone for India, walking in after openers Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir had put on 44 and guiding the team to the 250-mark before he fell in the 44th over.

ENGLAND PAKISTAN MATCH CONTINUES

The England pakistan one-day match continued as per schedule despite the match fixing scandal. But the England players made clear their anger at the comments, with captain Andrew Strauss releasing a strongly-worded statement expressing their “outrage” and threatening legal action.

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, this morning denied telling an Indian-based television station that he had evidence to support his claims, saying he was merely quoting “bookies”.

But the allegations have increased the bitterness surrounding the tour, with the England players and officials reported to be “furious”, and there was speculation overnight that today’s match at Lord’s would be called off.

But the game started on time at one o’clock after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued a statement rejecting the claims.

PAKISTAN PLAYERS RELEASED

Pakistan stars have been released without charge it was revealed. British police released without charge three Pakistani cricket players embroiled in fixing claims after questioning them under caution today, their lawyer said.

“Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt of the Pakistan cricket team have today been questioned under caution by the Metropolitan Police,” Elizabeth Robertson told reporters outside Kilburn police station in north London.

“They voluntarily attended Kilburn police station to answer questions relating to allegations published in the News of the The World.”At no time were they placed under arrest, they were free to leave at any time and they have answered all of the questions that were put to them and have been released without charge or conditions.”

Aamer, Asif and Butt were named in a story by the News of the World alleging that deliberate no-balls had been bowled in the fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s, which finished with an England win Sunday.

The International Cricket Council has charged the three under its anti-corruption code and suspended them from playing in any further matches until their cases are resolved.

The players deny all wrongdoing and Pakistani High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan has suggested they might have been set up.

Robertson said the Pakistan Cricket Board and the three players “will continue to cooperate fully with the Metropolitan Police and the ICC investigation and they look forward to a timely and satisfactory outcome”

2011 CRICKET WORLD CUP TICKETS ON SALE

Posted on June 1, 2010 by

Tickets for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup (February 19 – April 2) are now on sale and available via the ICC website during this first phase of ticketing. Prices are between $0.20 and $600, with the cheapest matches being those taking place in Sri Lanka.

Tickets purchased during this first phase are due to be sent out during December 2010 and January 2011, with the final phase commencing a few weeks before the tournament itself, when tickets will be made available locally.

There are also batch tickets available that allow fans to follow their team throughout the group stages, and prices for those are to be announced July 1, 2010.

A second kind of promotion consists of passes to matches in one particular city, or cities within a region, and pricing is again due for announcement in July.

The tenth World Cup tournament is to be co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

2011 CRICKET WORLD CUP TICKETS ON SALE

Posted on June 1, 2010 by

Tickets for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup (February 19 – April 2) are now on sale and available via the ICC website during this first phase of ticketing, along with Wimbledon Hospitality tickets. Prices are between $0.20 and $600, with the cheapest matches being those taking place in Sri Lanka.

Tickets purchased during this first phase are due to be sent out during December 2010 and January 2011, with the final phase commencing a few weeks before the tournament itself, when tickets will be made available locally.

There are also batch tickets available that allow fans to follow their team throughout the group stages, and prices for those are to be announced July 1, 2010.

A second kind of promotion consists of passes to matches in one particular city, or cities within a region, and pricing is again due for announcement in July.

The tenth World Cup tournament is to be co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.