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All World Cup Cricket matches in West Indies start at 09:30 local time (14:30GMT). The first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 will be played on March 13, 2007 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, between the host West Indies and Pakistan.

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Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer dies during World Cup

Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer died in the University hospital at Kinsgston on Sunday. Though the circumstances of his death are still unknown, he was found unconscious in the hotel room. Woolmer was 58.
Earlier Bob Woolmer was taken to hospital and was in a serious condition."We have taken Bob Woolmer to the hospital and he is in the emergency ward. We don't know anything more at the moment," pakistan team media manager Pervez Mir said. "We have been told he was serious but we don't know much. It is too early to say whether or not he suffered a heart attack." Pakistan were knocked out of the World Cup on Saturday after a shock three-wicket defeat to Ireland. Woolmer was in shambles after Pakistan was defeated by Ireland. Woolmer had earlier had said that his side's performance ranked pretty highly as one of the worse days of his life as a coach.

World Cup is on!! Carnival touch to the opening ceremony

Sir Garfield Sobers, the greatest all-round cricketer ever, opened the World Cup tonight in a spectacular ceremony designed to show that whatever happens on the field over the next six weeks, West Indies are the undisputed champions when it comes to putting on a carnival. The three-hour extravaganza costed $2.5million US Dollars and featured more than 1,000 performers. It was staged at the new multipurpose stadium in Trelawny, on the north coast of Jamaica. Sobers, now at 70, retired a year before the first World Cup in 1975.
West Indies cricket team captain Brian Lara took the players oath, while Steve Bucknor took the umpires and officials oath.

Glittering opening of ICC Cricket World Cup at Trelawny

ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, the largest sporting event ever staged in the Caribbean, opens today at the Trelawny Sports Complex on Jamaica's North Coast.
Over 1200 performers, as part of over two and a half-hour ceremony, will be demonstrating rich Caribbean culture in varied styles. Players, representing record-16 teams, will be featuring in the opening ceremony while West Indian cricket legend and ex-captain Sir Garfield Sobers will be the chief guest on the occasion with a galaxy of stars of Caribbean cricket attending the ceremony. President of International Cricket Council (ICC) Percy Sonn and dignitaries from across the world have arrived here to be the part of the inaugural show. Ricky Ponting will be leading defending champion Australia in the arena with current world number one team while South Africa will be spearheaded by Graeme Smith, 2003 runners-up India by Rahul Dravid, Pakistan by Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sri Lankans by Mahela Jayawardene and Kiwis by Stephen Fleming in the march past.
Star attraction will be Brian Lara, who will be playing his fifth successive World Cup alongside India's Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam. Javed Miandad holds the record of six successive world cups. Other captains, leading their teams include Michael Vaughan (England), Habib-ul-Bashar (Bangladesh), Irvine Romaine (Bermuda), world cup's fastest century maker John Davison (Canada), Trent Johnston (Ireland), Steve Tikolo (Kenya), LukVan Trost (Netherlands), Craig Wright (Ireland) and Prosper Utseya (Zimbabwe). It will be a great occasion for the West Indies as they are staging this showpiece event for first time in this part of the world. Interestingly West Indians won the opening two editions of the world cup in England sans tradition of opening ceremony except for group photo of the participating teams.

Sobers will inaugurate World Cup

West Indies legendary all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers will officially open the Cricket World Cup 2007. The 70-year-old Sobers will open the 16-team event in Jamaica on March 11.
"It's a great honour to declare the Cricket World Cup open. I'm taking it in my stride and I'm looking forward to the occasion," said Sobers from his home in Barbados. The former West Indies skipper said he was excited that cricket's showpiece event was coming to the region for the first time. "It will be phenomenal for the Caribbean, especially for those people who haven't had the opportunity to see a Cricket World Cup. "It will be a fantastic experience," he said.

Cricket teams arrive in West Indies for World Cup

Reigning champion Australia arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados Thursday to start their defense of their title at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
Despite suffering five straight defeats in recent one-day internationals the two time world champions are optimistic they can defend their title. Australias arrival follows that of world number one ranked South Africa. They arrived just after midnight in Port of Spain. The other sides arriving Thursday will be India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The Indians are due in at the Norman Manly Airport. England, Ireland, Kenya, The Netherlands and Pakistan touch down Friday to complete the list of arrivals in the Caribbean for the tournament.
The remaining seven members of the West Indies squad including Captain Brian Lara are due in Friday in Montego Bay. The rest of the squad had their final practice session at Kensington Park Thursday. The players had a more intense session Thursday and concentrated more on batting. Players and coaching staff will travel to Montego Bay Friday for the warm up games against Kenya and India in Trelawny. The players are looking forward to play on the brand new Trelawny stadium for the first time.

ICC to target test players for drugs at World Cup

Cricket's world governing body says that players at the upcoming World Cup will be target tested for drugs.
In addition to the already announced four random tests at each match, the International Cricket Council says that 17 of the scheduled 51 games in the Caribbean will be selected for additional testing. The ICC, which is holding a series of board meetings in Cape Town, said its decision to target players is in response to positive tests for two Pakistan bowlers, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.
The pair tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone but had their cases thrown out on appeal by the Pakistan Cricket Board. "Both Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif have played for Pakistan over the past few months despite testing positive for prohibited substances last year," ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said on Wednesday. "That is a fact neither player has disputed and it is also a fact that has caused the game a high level of embarrassment as a result. We want to make absolutely sure that all players who take part in the ICC Cricket World Cup do so on the basis that they are free from banned substances. "From an ICC perspective, having the option to target test as well as the already-scheduled tests in place means that if a player does have anything in his system then there is a very strong possibility he will be caught out."

Lloyd confident Windies can host successful World Cup

Clive Lloyd, the West Indies legend, believes the Caribbean can host a successful World Cup given the organisers execute their plans effectively.
Currently, chairman of the West Indies Cricket Boards (WICB) cricket committee and an International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, Lloyd summarised a six-part list of activities for the World Cups think tank. "It was quite a proud moment for me when the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded the 2007 World Cup to the West Indies," Lloyd, 62, wrote in a guest article for the The Economist. "It is undoubtedly the biggest single event ever hosted in the Caribbean and, in my view, it is the best thing to have happened to the Caribbean community in general, and to West Indies cricket in particular. We (West Indies) will never get a second chance to make a first impression," he added. Among Lloyds six-part agenda were high-tech stadiums, enough fully equipped hotel rooms, sufficient modes of transportation for tourists, top-class security, good medical facilities and a smooth customs and immigration process.

Ban smoking before Cricket World Cup 2007

Caribbean governments are being urged to enact legislation in their various territories that will ban smoking in public places, before the Cricket World Cup (CWC) later this year. President of Caribbean Committee for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (CCPADD), Victor Roach made the call in a recent interview with the Barbados Advocate, where he noted that while the officials of CWC have stated that areas would be designated non smoking, they would like smoking to be banned entirely.
The stated policy of the Cricket World Cup is designated smoking, so that persons would not be allowed to smoke in areas that are designated non smoking and there will be a penalty if they breach that. But they have also indicated, that should any of the host governments pass laws before the games, prohibiting smoking in public and enclosed places then that law would take precedence over Cricket World Cup policy, he added. He stated, We in the coalition made up of the Heart Foundation, Cancer Society, Cancer Support Services, Asthma Organisation, Diabetes Association of Barbados, the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research and National Committee for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCPADD), are all of the view that it is timely and are urging Government to adopt that proposed legislation that we can have the ban on smoking in public places implemented. Roach said that there is a role for Cricket World Cup in helping to reduce the influence of tobacco smoking in young people and such an event adopting a no smoking policy has the potential to reduce the incidence of mortality associated with tobacco related problems. We are pleased that World Cup has stayed its course and we will win one way or the other, it will either be designated smoking or a total ban, and if we can get the leaders of the Caribbean to come on board and pass the relevant legislation, then it would not just be a smoke free World Cup, but a smoke free Caribbean and I think we would be setting a great example for the world to follow by implementing that policy decision as soon as possible, the NCPADD president stated. The evidence is there for everyone to see that tobacco smoking is a grave contributor to robbing our economy and apart from the economic factor the health aspect is a great motivation for addressing this matter head on, he contended.

Cricket World Cup 2007 schedule announced in Trinidad

India has been drawn with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and Bermuda in Pool 2 for the 2007 World Cup to be played in the West Indies. India have a fairly easy opener in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, against Bangladesh, with hosts West Indies and Pakistan featuring in the tournament opener on March 13 at Jamaica.
India, placed in Group B alongwith Bangladesh, Bermuda and Sri Lanka, will play their first match on March 17. India, who will play all their Group matches in Trinidad, will take on qualifiers Bermuda on March 19, four days before they face top notch team, Sri Lanka, in their last league match. The top two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the second round, the Super Eight Series, which will be held between March 27 and April 22. The semifinals will be played at Jamaica and St Lucia on April 24 and April 25, respectively with the final at Barbados on April 28.
Before the opening ceremony on March 11, all the teams will play warm-up matches between March 5 and 9 with India slated to play Holland (March 6) and West Indies (March 9).

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.