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Each and every World Cup game important for Team India, says Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said that his team was practicing hard and looked fresh at the prospects of each World Cup game. ANI

ICC announces public ballot process for World Cup semi-finals, final tickets
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday announced the process for the public sale of tickets for the World Cup semi-finals in Colombo and Mohali, on March 29 and 30 respectively, and the final to be held in Mumbai on April 2. ANI

Two spinners strong option for World Cup clash against India: Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss on Saturday said that two spinners would be a 'very strong option' for his team for Sunday's World Cup Group B match against India in Bangalore. ANI

Lifting Carling Cup would end doubts about Arsenal, says Wenger
French football manager Arsene Wenger has acknowledged that winning Sunday's Carling Cup would finally end doubts about whether Arsenal's present squad is able to deliver silverware to the Emirates Stadium or not. ANI

Cricket mania hits mass wedding ceremony in Udaipur
Cricket fever clearly gripped couples who had gathered for a mass-wedding ceremony in Udaipur earlier this week. Couples went around the holy fire holding cricket bats and balls. ANI

'Indian conditions suit my bang-the-wicket kind of bowling', says Johnson
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has said that he is enjoying bowling on slow Indian pitches. ANI

Michael Hussey may replace injured Bollinger in Oz World Cup team
Australian batsman Michael Hussey could be recalled into the World Cup team following fast bowler Doug Bollinger's exit due to an ankle injury that may require surgery. ANI

Pietersen crucial for England's World Cup clash against India at Bangalore: Broad
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has said that Kevin Pietersen will be the key man for his team during Sunday's World Cup Group B match against India in Bangalore. ANI

PCB gets Pak WC cricketers' visas for India cleared in advance
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has heaved a sigh of relief following the clearance of the visas of the national team members playing in the ICC World Cup 2011 by the Indian High Commission. ANI

PCB keen to ensure disgraced Pak trio 'sustain themselves financially' during ban period
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) may have refused to back the tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir in their legal fight, but it is keen to ensure that they sustain themselves financially during the banned period. ANI

PCB requests Sri Lankan board for full series Pak tour in 2011
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written to its Sri Lankan counterpart, requesting it to tour the country this year for a full series. ANI

Arsenal sets sights on Carling Cup
Banishing the blues: Arsenal manager Arshne Wenger hopes his team can overcome a psychological hurdle by winning the Carling Cup. Wenger must be the first man to see Carling as the perfect cure for a six-year-long hangover. ANI

Dean Jones reveals Oz dressing room yarns far worse than Ponting's
Former Australian cricketer and now television commentator Dean Jones has expressed surprise over information coming out of the dressing room that Ricky Ponting had allegedly broken a TV due to a "box infringement", when it is a given that the cricketer's dressing room is sacrosanct. ANI

Tainted Pak pacer Asif also files appeal against ICC's seven-year ban
Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif has followed the route taken by former teammate Mohammad Amir and contested the seven-year ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on spot-fixing charges. ANI

Tainted Pak bowler Amir files appeal against ICC's five-year ban
Disgraced Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir has contested the five-year ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on spot-fixing charges. ANI

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