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Thursday's Cricket World Cup gossip


Graeme Swann is the proud father of a baby boy. His wife Sarah gave birth to their first child, Wilfred Swann, weighing 8lbs 9oz.

"This is an incredibly special day for us and we are both absolutely delighted and very proud parents. Both Sarah and Wilfred are doing very well and I am looking forward to enjoying the next couple of days with them both before I fly out to join the team for the World Cup," said Swann.

Swann will be available for the team's opening match against the Netherlands in Nagpur on Tuesday.
Full story: ECB website

Australia World Cup winner Mark Waugh says "there always tends to be one team" who unexpectedly crash out in the group stages - and he has nominated England as the most likely candidate.
Full story: Fox Sports

Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to World Cup glory in 1992, says India's media places too much pressure on their players.
Full story: The Hindu

Kenya's chief executive has launched a furious attack on the ICC for excluding associate nations from the World Cup in 2015. Tom Sears, the former CEO of English county Derbyshire, describes the decision as "ridiculous".
(The Wisden Cricketer, to be published on Friday)


Canadian crooner Bryan Adams, plus Indian acts Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Sonu Nigam, will be among the performers to appear in Thursday's opening ceremony in Dhaka.
Full story: NDTV Sports

England's James Anderson, expected to be fit for Friday's warm-up following a back niggle, has visited a hospital in Dhaka for survivors of acid attacks. He tweets: "Some truly inspirational people there, especially the children who have been through so much in their lives."
James Anderson on Twitter

Cricket writer David Lloyd [not "Bumble"] describes England's performance against Canada on Wednesday as "pathetic" and likens their shambolic campaign to previous World Cup build-ups, saying "they are once again lost in 11th-hour uncertainty".
Full story: The Independent

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly says Australia's only specialist spinner, Jason Krejza, will struggle - but he tips the defending champions to reach the semi-finals.
Full story: Herald Sun

India skipper Mahendra Dhoni has warned Sreesanth to cut out his hot-headed theatrics. Dhoni was unimpressed by the fast bowler's antics in the warm-up win over New Zealand when he fired a verbal volley at opener Brendon McCullum.
Full story: Sify news

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