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Monday's Cricket World Cup gossip

Ian Botham and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara
Botham and Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara were among those to visit the area

Former England cricket Sir Ian Botham has said he would consider walking the length of Sri Lanka to raise funds for children to build a new life in the war-ravaged north of the country.

Botham, who has been doing long-distance charity fundraising walks in Britain for 25 years, accompanied Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and their current captain Kumar Sangakkara on a tour of the region.

When Botham was asked if he would consider a charity walk in Sri Lanka, he said he would have to think about it because of the heat. But when he was told that the walk might be as short as 260 miles, rather than the 1,000-mile treks he is used to, he said: "Well that's different, I'll consider that." (Associated Press)

Organisers say they will spray a chemical to minimise the impact of dew during Saturday's World Cup final in Mumbai. Evening dew has caused problems during the event with captains opting to field first.

The excess moisture on the ground during the evening makes it extremely difficult for the spinners to grip the ball and makes batting much more easier as the ball skids on to the bat.

Full story: Yahoo

Under-fire Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been given three days to decide his future after Cricket Australia selectors said the squad for the next one-day series against Bangladesh would be announced on Wednesday.
Full story: The Times of India

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has had to turn down an invitation to Tuesday's Cricket World Cup semi-final from Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Key said he was keen to visit but he would not be able to get to Sri Lanka in time for the game. (AFP)

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see also
Sunday's Cricket World Cup gossip
27 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Saturday's Cricket World Cup gossip
26 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Friday's Cricket World Cup gossip
25 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Thursday's Cricket World Cup gossip
24 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Wednesday's Cricket World Cup gossip
22 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup 2011
09 Mar 11 |  Cricket

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