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MOHALI: Vanquished captain Shahid Afridi expects a mature reaction from fans in Pakistan when their team return after going down to India in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
“In my opinion we have played better than 2003 and 2007 when our teams were much better. Nobody was expecting anything from this team. I am proud of this team,” Afridi told reporters.
The 1992 champions have been unable to play international matches at home since the 2009 armed attack on the Sri Lanka cricketers in Lahore and the recent spot-fixing scandal has raised serious doubts about their players’ integrity.
The scandal robbed them of the services of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and, understandably, few were prepared to bet on Pakistan winning the showpiece event for a second time.
“I think people have realised that we have put in our full effort. We have won six out of eight matches which is a big achievement,” Afridi said.
“We have confidence (in our fans). Our country has backed us so much. People who love you so much can criticise you as well. It’s not a big deal.” Afridi’s counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni recalled the fans’ ire when they stoned the cricketers’ houses after India’s first-round exit in the 2007 World Cup.
Dhoni said those were the moments when support really mattered. “We are here to entertain. We have always given our best whether it was the 2007 World Cup or the 2011,” he said. “We don’t really like losing and always give our best. We always need the support, especially when we are not doing well.
“We know when we are doing well, the whole of India is with us. But it’s moments like the 2007 World Cup when you really need the kind of support to boost the players.
“I still remember it took me over a month to get out of that kind of depression,” he said.
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Pakistan last week announced a 15-man squad for the mega event, to be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19, but had delayed the appointment of a captain.
“PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) announces Afridi as captain of Pakistan team for the World Cup. Misbah has been announced as vice captain for the event,” the board said in a statement.
PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said the decision had widespread backing. “I had detailed discussions with team management and players in New Zealand regarding captain and vice captain and am pleased to state that everyone fully endorsed these decisions,” Butt was quoted as saying in the PCB statement.
The PCB’s decision to delay naming the captain had been criticised by former players and fans.
“It doesn’t make a difference whether Misbah leads the side or I lead the side because we both are playing for our country, I have never been after captaincy,” Afridi said earlier this week.
Misbah had backed all-rounder Afridi as captain. “I think Afridi has done a great job as captain and he has kept the team together and every player is contributing and wants to do well. He has led well,” Misbah said after his man-of-the-match performance in New Zealand on Tuesday.
Afridi, 30, who was banned for two matches on charges of ball-tampering in only his second match as skipper in January last year, has led Pakistan in 20 one-day matches, winning nine, losing ten with one ending in no result because of rain.
Pakistan are in Group A of the World Cup and open their campaign with a match against Kenya at Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on February 23.
They go into the tournament on good form after wrapping up the current six-match one-day series against New Zealand with a game to spare.
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ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will be the 10th World Cup. Prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, 9 Cricket World Cups have been organized by ICC. Australia have emerged winner on the most occasions – 4. Closely following is West Indies, who won the inaugural and the very next World Cup. All the Indian Subcontinent teams – India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won 1 World Cup each. Australia won in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. West Indies won on 1975 (the first World Cup) and 1979. India won the World Cup in 1983, Pakistan won the World Cup in 1992 and Sri Lanka won in 1996.
This is a chronological list of fixtures for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. All times local (UTC+5:30 and UTC+6). Group-stage kickoff times are subject to change for television or scheduling reasons.
|Day||Time||Venue||Stage||Team 1||Result||Team 2|
|12 February||Warm-up matches|
|09:30||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Warm-up||Kenya||Match 1||West Indies|
|09:30||Kandy, Sri Lanka||Warm-up||Sri Lanka||Match 2||Netherlands|
|14:30||Chittagong, Bangladesh||Warm-up||Bangladesh||Match 3||Canada|
|14:30||Nagpur, India||Warm-up||Ireland||Match 4||New Zealand|
|14:30||Chennai, India||Warm-up||South Africa||Match 5||Zimbabwe|
|14:30||Bangalore, India||Warm-up||India||Match 6||Australia|
|14 February||No event|
|09:30||Nagpur, India||Warm-up||Ireland||Match 7||Zimbabwe|
|09:30||Kandy, Sri Lanka||Warm-up||Kenya||Match 8||Netherlands|
|14:30||Mirpur, Bangladesh||Warm-up||Bangladesh||Match 8||Pakistan|
|14:30||Bangalore, India||Warm-up||Australia||Match 10||South Africa|
|09:30||Mirpur, Bangladesh||Warm-up||Canada||Match 11||England|
|09:30||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Warm-up||Sri Lanka||Match 12||West Indies|
|14:30||Chennai, India||Warm-up||India||Match 13||New Zealand|
|17 February||Preliminary events|
|08:30||Dhaka, Bangladesh||Opening Ceremony|
|14:30||Mirpur, Bangladesh||Warm-up||England||Match 14||Pakistan|
|Group stage matches|
|14:30||Mirpur, Bangladesh||Group B||India||Match 1||Bangladesh|
|20 February||09:30||Chennai, India||Group A||Kenya||Match 2||New Zealand|
|14:30||Hambantota, Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||Match 3||Canada|
|21 February||14:30||Ahmedabad, India||Group A||Australia||Match 4||Zimbabwe|
|22 February||14:30||Nagpur, India||Group B||England||Match 5||Netherlands|
|23 February||14:30||Hambantota, Sri Lanka||Group A||Kenya||Match 6||Pakistan|
|4 February||14:30||Delhi, India||Group B||South Africa||Match 7||West Indies|
|25 February||14:30||Nagpur, India||Group A||Australia||Match 8||New Zealand|
|14:30||Mirpur, Bangladesh||Group B||Bangladesh||Match 9||Ireland|
|26 February||14:30||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Group A||Sri Lanka||Match 10||Pakistan|
|27 February||14:30||Mumbai, India||Group B||India||Match 11||England|
|28 February||09:30||Nagpur, India||Group A||Canada||Match 12||Zimbabwe|
|14:30||Delhi, India||Netherlands||Match 13||West Indies|
|1 March||14:30||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Group B||Sri Lanka||Match 14||Kenya|
|2 March||14:30||Bangalore, India||Group B||England||Match 15||Ireland|
|3 March||09:30||Mohali, India||Group B||Netherlands||Match 16||South Africa|
|14:30||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Group A||Canada||Match 17||Pakistan|
|4 March||09:30||Ahmedabad, India||Group A||New Zealand||Match 18||Zimbabwe|
|14:30||Mirpur, Bangladesh||Group B||Bangladesh||Match 19||West Indies|
|5 March||14:30||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Group A||Sri Lanka||Match 20||Australia|
|6 March||09:30||Chennai, India||Group B||England||Match 21||South Africa|
|14:30||Bangalore, India||India||Match 22||Ireland|
|7 March||14:30||Delhi, India||Group A||Canada||Match 23||Kenya|
|8 March||14:30||Kandy, Sri Lanka||Group A||New Zealand||Match 24||Pakistan|
|9 March||14:30||Delhi, India||Group B||India||Match 25||Netherlands|
|10 March||14:30||Kandy, Sri Lanka||Group A||Sri Lanka||Match 26||Zimbabwe|
|11 March||09:30||Mohali, India||Group B||Ireland||Match 27||West Indies|
|14:30||Chittagong, Bangladesh||Bangladesh||Match 28||England|
|12 March||14:30||Nagpur, India||Group B||India||Match 29||South Africa|
|13 March||09:30||Mumbai, India||Group A||Canada||Match 30||New Zealand|
|14:30||Bangalore, India||Australia||Match 31||Kenya|
|14 March||09:30||Chittagong, Bangladesh||Group B||Bangladesh||Match 32||Netherlands|
|14:30||Kandy, Sri Lanka||Group A||Pakistan||Match 33||Zimbabwe|
|15 March||14:30||Kolkata, India||Group B||Ireland||Match 34||South Africa|
|16 March||14:30||Bangalore, India||Group A||Australia||Match 35||Canada|
|17 March||14:30||Chennai, India||Group B||England||Match 36||West Indies|
|18 March||09:30||Kolkata, India||Group B||Ireland||Match 37||Netherlands|
|14:30||Mumbai, India||Group A||New Zealand||Match 38||Sri Lanka|
|19 March||09:30||Mirpur, Bangladesh||Group B||Bangladesh||Match 39||South Africa|
|14:30||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Group A||Australia||Match 40||Pakistan|
|20 March||09:30||Kolkata, India||Group A||Kenya||Match 41||Zimbabwe|
|14:30||Chennai, India||Group B||India||Match 42||West Indies|
|21 March||No event|
|23 March||Knockout stage matches|
|14:30||Mirpur, Bangladesh||Quarter-Finals||Group A1||Match 43||Group B4|
|24 March||14:30||Ahmedabad, India||Quarter-Finals||Group A2||Match 44||Group B3|
|25 March||14:30||Mirpur, Bangladesh||Quarter-Finals||Group A3||Match 45||Group B2|
|26 March||14:30||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Quarter-Finals||Group A4||Match 46||Group B1|
|27 March||No event|
|29 March||14:30||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Semi-Finals||Winner of Match 43||Match 47||Winner of Match 45|
|30 March||14:30||Mohali, India||Semi-Finals||Winner of Match 44||Match 48||Winner of Match 46|
|31 March||No event|
|2 April||14:30||Mumbai, India||Final||Winner of Match 47||Match 49||Winner of Match 48|
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