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Untoward behaviour won’t be tolerated at WC: ICC

Melbourne: The ICC chief executive Dave Richardson has warned players against overtly aggressive on-field behaviour during the Cricket World Cup beginning Saturday. “That (behaviour) issue has been addressed at all the pre-event team briefings. I suppose it started a few months back. The behaviour in some matches by some players was deemed to be unacceptable, and not a good example to young fans watching the game,” Richardson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. Richardson said the crackdown has already started and any untoward behaviour won’t be tolerated. “I think there has been something like 12, 13 Code of Conduct charges laid in the last few months,” he said. “So the crackdown has already started. The teams are going to be told that the umpires intend to remain firm, that the penalties handed out by the match referees will perhaps be a little bit more serious, or higher than before, but that hopefully everyone will be treated equally and fairly,” added the South African. (PTI)

Robot picks debutants Afghanistan to win World Cup

Canterbury: Of all, a robot has picked first-timers Afghanistan to win the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Afghanistan are 1000-1 in betting odds to win the tournament. They are clubbed with Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Sri Lanka in Pool A. The prediction was made by University of Canterbury’s robot, named Ikram, after viewing the 14 competing countries’ flags. After narrowing the field down to India, the West Indies, Scotland, New Zealand and Afghanistan, the robot decided that the debutants would be the winners. Eduardo Sandoval, a University of Canterbury HITLab PhD student, has developed the robot’s prediction software. “Of course, this is very unlikely, but with cricket the outcome can always be unexpected,” Sandoval was quoted as saying by nzherald.co.nz. Sandoval said Paul the Octopus who made predictions for the 2010 Football World Cup, inspired him to test Ikram’s powers of prediction. (PTI)

India to play Nepal in qualification round for 2018 World Cup

New Delhi:  India have been drawn to play Nepal in the preliminary joint qualification round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup scheduled to be held in Russia. The draw was held on Tuesday at the AFC Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The matches would be held on a home and away format with India first playing their home match at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sajusarai in Guwahati on March 12. The return leg is slated for March 17. The match will be the first one for National Coach Stephen Constantine since he took over the job as Indian Senior Team’s National Coach for the second time. Constantine said that it will be a difficult game. “It will be a very difficult game for us. Nepal are a good side. I think both Teams have respect for each other it won’t be easy,” he said. “I am looking forward to going back to Nepal. It has been a long time since I have been in the Himalayan Kingdom. But this time, it will be for pure business.” As per the January, 2015 FIFA Rankings, India are ranked at 171 while Nepal are presently at 186. The last time the two Teams met in November 2013, India defeated Nepal 2-0 at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri. (PTI)

Shillong Cricket League: TNT Sputnik win by 48 runs

SHILLONG: TNT Sputnik defeated Malki CC by 48 runs in the league match of the Super Division Shillong Cricket League 2015 organised by the Shillong Cricket Association at the SCA Cricket Ground, Polo on Tuesday. TNT Sputnik won the toss and chose to bat first. They scored 155 runs losing 10 wickets in 31.1 overs. Aditya Singhania scored 39 runs of 42 balls and Amit Singhania scored 18 runs of 20 balls. While Dathew Syngkon took 3/24 runs of 5.1 overs,  Prolin took 2/37 runs of 8 overs. In reply, Malki CC were dismissed for 107 runs in 26 overs. Wanlambok scored 39 runs of 53 balls and Dathew Syngkon scored 19 runs of 19 balls. Aditya Singhania claim 4/18 runs of 7 overs while Pawan Rai took 2/24 runs of 6 overs.  Next match: Febraury 11: Super Division: United XI v/s New Friends Union (NFU)

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