Sunday, September 16, 2012

Twenty20 World Cup 2012

2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka Full Schedule

Group stage:

18 September (D/N)Group C - Sri Lanka v ZimbabweR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
19 September (D/N)Group A - India v Q2R. Premadasa Stadium,Colombo
19 September (D/N)Group B - Australia v Q1R. Premadasa Stadium,Colombo
20 September (D/N)Group C - South Africa v ZimbabweMahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Hambantota
21 September (D/N)Group A - England v Q2R. Premadasa Stadium,Colombo
21 September (D/N)New Zealand v BangladeshPallekele International Cricket Stadium Pallekele
22 September (D/N)Group B - Australia v West IndiesR. Premadasa Stadium,Colombo
22 September (D/N)Group C - Sri Lanka v South AfricaMahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium Hambantota
23 September (D/N)Group A - England v IndiaR. Premadasa Stadium,Colombo
23 September (D/N)Group D - Pakistan v New ZealandPallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
24 September (D/N)Group B - West Indies v Q1R. Premadasa Stadium,Colombo
25 September (D/N)Group D - Pakistan v BangladeshPallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Super 8 Matches:

27 September (D/N)C1 v D2Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
27 September (D/N)A1 v B2Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
28 September (D/N)D1 v C2R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
28 September (D/N)B1 v A2R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
29 September (D/N)A1 v D2Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
29 September (D/N)C1 v B2Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
30 September (D/N)B1 v C2R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
30 September (D/N)D1 v A2R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 October (D/N)B2 v D2Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
1 October (D/N)A1 c C1Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
2 October (D/N)B1 v D1R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 October (D/N)A2 v C2R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Semi Finals Matches:

4 October (D/N)TBC v TBCR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
5 October (D/N)TBC v TBCR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Final Match:

7 October (D/N)TBC v TBCR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

T20 World Cup 2012 Teams Squad

Following are the final 15 member teams which will fight for ICC T20 World Cup 2012. Few teams have still not declared their final 15 and this will be updated once we get the required information.

Group A
Indian Squad for T20 World Cup 2012:
 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Laxmipathy Balaji, Ashok Dinda, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla.

Afghanistan Squad for T20 World Cup 2012: – Nawroz Mangal (captain), Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Karim Sadeq, Hamid Hassan, Izzatullah Dawlatzai, Mohammad Jawed Ahmadi, Mohd Nasim Baras, Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Shapur Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari and Shafiqullah Shafaq.
England T20 squad for T20 World Cup 2012: Stuart Broad (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Danny Briggs, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Tim Bresnan, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Steven Finn, Graeme Swann, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel and Luke Wright.
Group B 
Australian T20 squad for T20 World Cup 2012: 
George Bailey (c), Shane Watson (vc), Cameron White, Dan Christian, David Hussey, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Xavier Doherty, Glenn Maxwell, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.

West Indies T20 squad for T20 World Cup 2012: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice captain), Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin and Dwayne Smith.
Ireland Squad for T20 World Cup 2012: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Max Sorensen, Trent Johnston, Boyd Rankin, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, Andrew White, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson and Gary Wilson.
Group C
South African Squad for T20 World Cup 2012:
 AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Zimbabwe Squad for T20 World Cup 2012: Brendan Taylor (captain), Stuart Matsikenyeri, Vusi Sibanda, Ray Price, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Malcolm Waller, Brian Vitori, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Richard Muzhange, Prosper Utseya, Forster Mutizwa.
Sri Lanka Squad for T20 World Cup 2012: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Dinesh Chandimal and Akhila Dhananjaya.
Group D
New Zealand Squad for T20 World Cup 2012:
 Ross Taylor (captain), Martin Guptill, Doug Bracewell, Brendon McCullum, James Franklin, Roneel Hira, Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

Pakistan Squad for T20 World Cup 2012: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Sami.
Bangladesh Squad for T20 World Cup 2012: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah Riyad, Tamim Iqbal, Abdur Razzak, Junaed Siddiqui, Elias Sunny, Jahurul Islam,Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Ashraful, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Ziaur Rahman, Forhad Reza, Shafiul Islam and Abul Hasan.

Champions League T20 tickets go on sale

Tickets for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament have gone on sale from Tuesday and cricket buffs can line up to get theirs.

The sale started off with tickets being thrown open to the South African public.
Tickets will be available online while the inhabitants of the host nation can physically obtain the tickets through all PostNet outlets, a BCCI release stated.

The qualifying tournament of the league starts on October 9, while the group stage matches would begin on October 13 with South Africa's 20 champions Titans battling it out against Australia's Perth Scorchers.he match would be followed by another Group A clash between Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils 

The final of the 20-day long tournament will be held at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on October 28, while the semi-finals will be played in Centurion and Durban.
The group stage comprises four teams from India -- Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils and the defending champions Mumbai Indians 

South Africa's Titans and Highveld Lions and Australia's Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers are the other teams to have made it directly to the group stag

England's Hampshire and Yorkshire, Sialkot Stallions from Pakistan, New Zealand's Auckland Aces, Trinidad and Tobago and Sri Lanka's Uva will be contesting in the qualifiers to make it to the main draw of the competition.

Miandad to assist Pakistan batsmen for World T20

Pakistan's former captain and now director-general cricket in the PCB, Javed Miandad has been given the task of assisting the national team's batsmen ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka 

Miandad confirmed that he will be travelling to Sri Lanka this week to join the Pakistan team but dismissed media reports that he was going there in the capacity of a batting coach.

"I am not going there as a batting coach. I was told by the board chairman to go to Sri Lanka and have sessions with the players ahead of the World Cup. I don't think during such a major tournament you can coach any player or change his batting technique," Miandad said.
"My main priority is to have pep talks with the players, to raise their spirits and confidence and work out with the batsmen in the nets, advise them on batting issues keeping in mind the requirements of the World Cup and conditions in Sri Lanka," Miandad added.
Miandad, one of Pakistan's most respected former batsman, has recently been given a lot of authority and is presently heading a committee that has been entrusted with the task of looking after all cricket related matters in the board, including issues concerning the national team.
The committee recently also held an inquiry into the Pakistan youth team's below-par performance in the ICC World Cup, which was won by India 

Miandad and other members of the committee questioned the manager and coach of the Pakistan team and several players in the course of their investigations.
Miandad, who played 124 Tests and also served as coach of the national team thrice, said he was confident about the abilities of the players.
"A batting coach can only work properly with the players on their batting issues when the team is not involved in any assignment or tournament. It is not possible to do this during a major event," Miandad said.
He also made it clear that his going to Sri Lanka would not lead to any problems with head coach, Dav Whatmore.
"There will be no issues because while I am a part of the PCB and going there as a PCB official, Whatmore is the head coach and we both have our domains to work in. I don't think there will be any misunderstanding," he said.

Miandad insisted that he was trying to fulfill all duties given to him by the PCB chief with diligence and commitment.
"We all want the Pakistan team to do well in the World Cup and if I can play a role in this, I will be the most happiest as Pakistan cricket has given me a lot," he said.

ICC T20 World Cup 2012 Practice Match Schedule.....

DateMatch DetailsResult
Sep 13 – ThuIreland v Zimbabwe, 1st Warm Up Match
Sep 13 – ThuSri Lanka v West Indies, 2nd Warm Up Match
Sep 15 – SatAfghanistan v Sri Lanka A, 3rd Warm Up Match
Sep 15 – SatAustralia v New Zealand, 4th Warm Up Match
Sep 15 – SatBangladesh v Zimbabwe, 5th Warm Up Match
Sep 15 – SatIndia v Sri Lanka, 6th Warm Up Match
Sep 17 – MonNew Zealand v South Africa, 7th Warm Up Match
Sep 17 – MonBangladesh v Ireland, 8th Warm Up Match
Sep 17 – MonAustralia v England, 9th Warm Up Match
Sep 17 – MonAfghanistan v West Indies, 10th Warm Up Match
Sep 17 – MonIndia v Pakistan, 11th Warm Up Match
Sep 19 – WedEngland v Pakistan, 12th Warm Up Match

Dhoni, Irfan star in India's victory over Sri Lanka

Irfan Pathan scalped five wickets as India warmed up for the World Twenty20 with a comfortable 26-run victory over hosts Sri Lanka in their first practice match in Colombo on Saturday.

India scored 146 for five, riding on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 55 and then Pathan took centre stage with an impressive five for 25 to skittle out the Islanders for 120 in 19.3 overs at the P Sara Oval.

Continuing his fine run, Pathan ripped through the Lankan top order before coming back to dismiss the lower middle order in the end.
The Baroda speedster was ably supported by comeback man Lakshmipathy Balaji, who claimed three for 28.
Set a victory target of 147, Sri Lanka received an early jolt as Pathan castled opener Dilshan Munaweera on the last ball of the first over.
The 27-year-old then dismissed Tillakaratne Dilshan with the last ball of his second over to leave the the hosts reeling at 15 for two from the first three overs.

Kumar Sangakkara (32) combined with Angelo Mathews (16) to resurrect the Lankan innings but with Balaji getting better off the later, the target seemed to be a distant one for the hosts.
Sangakkara, in company of Lahiru Thirimanne, slowly but steadily took the Lankan total past 70 runs, punishing anything lose dished out by the bowlers.
Their partnership was, however cut short as Harbhajan Singh, dawning the Indian colours after a gap of over a year, bowled Sangakkara out in the 12th over to put India in a driver's seat.

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