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Nasir Jamshed replaces Mohammad Hafeez in Pakistan World Cup squad

The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Nasir Jamshed as a replacement player for Mohammad Hafeez in Pakistan’s squad for the tournament, which starts on 14 February.

Hafeez is suffering from a calf injury, which he picked up while batting in the second ODI against New Zealand in Napier on 3 February.

Nasir, the 25-year-old left-handed opener, has played 45 ODIs for Pakistan in which he has scored 1,413 runs with three centuries and eight half-centuries. His last ODI was against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in December 2014.

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Proteas step up World Cup preparations

The Proteas begin their ICC Cricket World Cup preparations in earnest when they play Sri Lanka in the first of two warm-up matches at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday. The matches hold no official One-Day International (ODI) status, and both teams are allowed to make use of all 15 squad members.

The Proteas arrived in Christchurch early on Thursday morning, and have settled comfortably with a week to go until their opening match of the tournament against Zimbabwe in Hamilton on February 15.

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Australia rout India in World Cup warm-up match

Australia continued their dominance over India this summer, hammering their visitors by 106 runs in yet another one-sided contest at the Adelaide Oval.

Australia won the toss and opted to bat first, making mincemeat of the Indian bowling, smashing their way to 371 all out from 48.2 overs on the back of centuries from Glenn Maxwell and David Warner. Maxwell in particular decimated the Indian bowling, making 122 runs from just 57 balls with the help of 11 fours and 8 sixes. Warner was no slouch either, making 104 from 83 balls.

Skipper George Bailey also got some much needed runs, making 44 from 66 balls, but continues to look certain to lose his place when Michael Clarke returns to the team.

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Mohit Sharma replaces Ishant in India's World Cup squad

The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Mohit Sharma as a replacement player for Ishant Sharma in India’s squad for the tournament, which starts on 14 February.

Ishant is suffering from a knee injury he sustained during the Boxing Day Test against Australia.

The 26-year-old Mohit Sharma has played 12 ODIs in which he has taken 10 wickets.

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Faulkner an injury doubt ahead of World Cup

Cricket Australia has today provided an update on all-rounder James Faulkner who underwent scans in Melbourne late yesterday on his injured right side

Cricket Australia Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “Scans on James Faulkner’s injured side have confirmed a moderate grade abdominal muscle strain which is consistent with a ‘typical’  fast-bowing side strain injury. He will receive intensive treatment for the next two weeks before we can determine when he can return to batting and bowling.”

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Michael Clarke ready to return to action

Australia captain Michael Clarke will continue his recovery from surgery to his right hamstring this weekend when he will play for Western Suburbs as a batsman only in a Saturday and Sunday Grade fixture against Gordon at Chatswood Oval.

Should Michael come through that match without any adverse reaction, he will then continue his rehabilitation at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane before playing for a Cricket Australia XI against the Bangladesh ICC Cricket World Cup squad in a match at Allan Border Field on Thursday 5 February.

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ICC announces umpire and match referee appointments for World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the pool stage matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March.

Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires for the tournament opener between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch on 14 February. S. Ravi and Simon Fry will be the third and fourth umpires, respectively, while David Boon will be the match referee.

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Miller replaces Narine in West Indies World Cup squad

The West Indies Cricket Board Selection Panel today named left arm spinner Nikita Miller to replace Sunil Narine in the West Indies Cricket World Cup squad.

Miller, 32, has featured in 45 One Day Internationals and has taken 40 wickets with a best of 4 for 43 against Zimbabwe. Miller last appeared in ODIs for the West Indies in March 2014, against England.

Narine withdrew from the West Indies squad, citing the need for more time to confidently bowl for sustained periods with his new action.

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Super Over to be used to decide World Cup winner

The ICC Board reinstated the use of a Super Over in the event of a tie in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final. This now replicates the arrangements for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final and other recent ICC events where a winner will be determined on the day of the final (weather permitting), and a Super Over was the most credible way to separate the two sides.

The ICC Board also approved a change to the application of ICC Code of Conduct offences relating to slow over-rates in ICC events so that captains do not carry any prior minor over-rate offence ‘strikes’ or over-rate suspensions from other series into an ICC event.

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