Cricket World Cup Thread
Posted 10 February 2003 - 03:49 PM
Australia plays Pakistan tomorrow and 1 billion Indians will be rooting for Australia.
C'mon Aussie, C'mon!!!
Posted 10 February 2003 - 04:05 PM
Methinks the Aussie's are gonna be hard to beat..again.
However I'm relieved that the England Team have refused to bough to ICC pressure and enter tyrannical Zimbabwe. It was a recipe for disaster and morally unsupportable.
I wonder if now the Aussie's wil follow suit.
Posted 10 February 2003 - 04:18 PM
I think I'll be rooting for Australia tommorrow.
"Methinks the Aussie's are gonna be hard to beat..again."
Had, yes. Impossible, no. Shock defeats do happen. Sri Lanka beat the Aussies once in the Natwest series (albeit against a weakened team). We came within single figures of beating them twice... :eek:
10 historic world cup moments we would rather forget. .
Posted 10 February 2003 - 08:31 PM
Yes, the Assies look unbeatable, but Agnostic, you're also correct.
Remember, this is one of the few times in the past 10 years or so that they haven't had a Waugh of either flavour at least in the dressing room!
Posted 10 February 2003 - 10:51 PM
Olonga is a figurehead for black Zimbabwe cricketers
Zimbabwe players Andy Flower and Henry Olonga chose the occasion of the team's opening World Cup game to issue an outspoken attack on their government.
They decided to wear black armbands during the match against Namibia in Harare.
"In doing so, we are mourning the death of democracy in our country," they said in a joint statement.
"We are making a silent plea to those responsible to stop the abuse of human rights in Zimbabwe."
The chairman of Olonga'sclub side responded by suspending the player.
"It is disgraceful what Henry Olonga and Andy Flower have done," said Givemore Makoni.
"Takingpolitics onto the playing field is something that the ICC and other sportingbodies, including the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, have been avoiding.
"What is most disheartening is that Olonga has been a hero and role model tothe black cricketing community."
President Robert Mugabe is patron of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union and the pair's decision is bound to embarrass officials.
We pray that our small action may help to restore sanity and dignity to our nation
Andy Flower and Henry Olonga
Read the full statement
There have been reports that some members of the Zimbabwe squad wanted the six games due to be staged in their country switched to South Africa as a protest against the Mugabe regime's policies.
Until now, however, none of the dissenting voices have made their opinions public.
Captain Heath Streak, a firm supporter of the matches going ahead as scheduled, insisted last week that he was not aware of any divisions in the dressing room.
"We're just focusing on the World Cup and making the Zimbabwean people proud," he commented.
"We want to go out there and really fly the flag for Zimbabwe."
Feature: Breaking the silence
But Flower and Olonga believe that the suffering of the Zimbabwean population should not be overlooked.
The World Food Program estimates 7.2 million people, more than half the population, are short of food.
"We cannot in good conscience take to the field and ignore the fact that millions of our compatriots are starving, unemployed and oppressed," their statement continued.
"We are aware that hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans may even die in the coming months through a combination of starvation and poverty and Aids."
Flower is the finest batsman ever produced by Zimbabwe, having score 4,794 runs in Tests and almost 6,500 in one-day internationals.
Olonga was the country's first black Test cricketer and took eight wickets during the 1999 World Cup to help them reach the Super Sixes phase of the competition.
Zimbabwe riot police dispersed civil rights activists trying to demonstrate on Monday against World Cup fixtures in the strife-torn country.
Witnesses said police chased away a handful of National Constitution Assembly (NCA) activists who had gathered for a lunch-time march in Harare's central business district
Posted 11 February 2003 - 02:05 AM
Posted 11 February 2003 - 04:05 AM
Good Kapil is not around to read your post. Cricket was always popular in India.
BTW, When were you born?
The Zimbabwe imbroglio has taken a curious turn with the South Africans threatening to cancel their tour of England this summer, if the English refuse to play in Zimbabwe. Something to do with 'African solidarity' or some such crap, I guess. The Daily Telegraph has reported on this event, according to the Indian press.
A pull-out by South Africa could prove financially disastrous to English cricket. All the same, hats off to the Flower brothers and Henry Olonga.
Posted 11 February 2003 - 10:03 AM
loss and as a possible masking agent.
Big of him to choose to talk to the press immediately and return home to Oz before the B sample is tested.
I'm a huge fan of Warnie's.. the WC is diminished without the world's most famous player - and one of the most gifted ever.
Re: SA boycott of England Tour,
Personally who needs them. This croneism is I guess a little pay-back, but ethically and morally flawed.
The English players shouldn't have to put their lives at risk for contractual obligations.
The Ryder Cup --- a much bigger financial event than the Cricket WC was delayed 2 years after 11/9.
Yugoslavia were ousted from the '92 European Championships because of it's internal conflict.
And in this seasons Champion's League the Israeli team has had to play at a neutral venue outside of Israel.
The ICC has behaved appallingly --- the ECB has been torpedoued by a 'to-late', government positions. why couldn't they have expressed their 'concerns' prior to contracts being signed?
The whole things a mess.. and could've been avoided.
Posted 11 February 2003 - 11:59 AM
Australia 311/8. Andrew Symonds scored one of one-day cricket's memorable centuries. And Pukestani captain was ordered off the bowling crease by English umpire David Shepherd for bowling beamers at Symonds twice.
Good old Blighty!!!
I'm back to the TV.
Posted 11 February 2003 - 03:45 PM
But then any Englishman could've told'
Pakistand how very good Australia are playing
--- strength in depth and world class to boot.
No Warne, no Bevan... and still dynamite.
Talk is cheap Younis.. money buys the wiskey.
Gawd.. ya gotta hate 'em
Posted 11 February 2003 - 03:49 PM
Did you see that new chap Brad Hogg. A left arm spinner as replacement for Warnie who moreover grins all the time. He also sticks out his tongue like Pete Sampras!!!
zxb is right. They are desperate, and what's more bad sports, too.
Good on yer, Wizards of Oz.
As for Canada vs Bangladesh, I'd bet on Bangladesh.
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