Angelo Mathews said handling pressure will be key for Sri Lanka

The former Sri Lanka skipper, Angelo Mathews, believes that overcoming pressure situations will be his team’s biggest challenge at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling acts of their favorite players in this year’s contest. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Sri Lanka, the 1996 World Cup champions and two-time runners-up, come into the tournament as the No.9 ranked ODI side. They have won only six of the 22 one-day internationals they have played since January 2018. Adding to ask is that several members of their World Cup squad are returning after a spell on the sidelines. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne himself, until last week, hadn’t played an ODI since the last World Cup.

Angelo Mathews said handling pressure will be key for Sri Lanka
Angelo Mathews said handling pressure will be key for Sri Lanka

The experienced Mathews, however, urged his side to put the past behind them and “enjoy the moment”.  “The biggest challenge will be in overcoming pressure situations,” Matthews told the ICC. “Quite a lot of us have played in England, so we know the conditions. But handling the pressure and the situations well is going to be the challenge.”

Matthews, who had captained Sri Lanka during the last edition of the multi-nation tournament, advised his teammates to embrace the challenge and express themselves with freedom.

“In a big tournament like this, you’ve got to play with freedom and embrace it, rather than putting too much pressure on yourself. Yes, it’s a World Cup, you have to perform well to win it, but at the same time, you have to embrace the challenge. If you put a lot of pressure on yourself, it adds to your burden. But try and embrace it, look at it as an opportunity to perform, to do something better for the country,” he explained.

The 31-year old veteran found himself in and out of Sri Lanka’s ODI squad last year, with concerns about fitness and form. However, he appears to have turned it around, hitting two half-centuries and one ton in his last five 50-over games, including 64 in Sri Lanka’s warm-up defeat against South Africa.

In recent months, Matthews has animatedly celebrated his batting milestones, especially in Tests, his vigor directed at his critics. But the all-rounder insisted he was not at the World Cup to prove a point about his place to anybody.

“Each game is an opportunity to better your own performance. If you do that, the team will benefit,” he said.

Matthews, who is currently Sri Lanka’s second most capped player in ODIs after Lasith Malinga, aims to pass his experience to the younger players in the team.

“My ambition is to perform and be consistent. For that, I have to look after myself in terms of physical fitness and give my absolute best … and make sure I pass on my experience to the younger players so they benefit as well,” he said.

Sri Lanka plays their second warm-up match against Australia on Monday, 27 May, before they begin their campaign against New Zealand in Cardiff on 1 June.

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Shane Williams to Welcome the CWC to Cardiff at the Ultimate Delivery

The day before the first CWC game at Cardiff Wales Stadium, the city is playing host to a unique giant cricket hook relay and are calling for members of the community cricket and sporting followers alike to take part in this unique festivity event. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Shane Williams to Welcome the CWC to Cardiff at the Ultimate Delivery
Shane Williams to Welcome the CWC to Cardiff at the Ultimate Delivery

The CWC is calling on the people of Cardiff to come and get complicated in a giant cricket relay on 31 May in the festivity of the first match of the tournament in Cardiff the following day.

Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams to take part in the record-breaking relay and support contestants along the way.

‘The Final Delivery’ will be hosted by CWC ambassador and Welsh rugby legend, Shane Williams. Freshly returned from taking part in the ‘Everest Rugby Challenge’ where he set a world record for the maximum match of rugby ever played, Shane is looking to break another record but in the sport of cricket: the world record for the longest cricket relay.

Starting at Cardiff Central Train Station the official game ball will go around to the Millennium Stadium, flight on the water taxi to Cardiff Bay, work its way through the Urdd Eisteddfod, catch a rickshaw back into town, pass through the arcades, up the High Street, into the Castle and out to Bute Park, journey the River Taff and inward into Cardiff Wales Stadium to be received by representatives of the New Zealand and Sri Lanka cricket sides.

Members of the public, cricket clubs, schools, and the general public will help deliver the ball as it passes along the route.

On arrival at Cardiff Wales Stadium there will be a celebration event where our Ultimate Delivery fielders can test their cricket skills, have their photo taken with the CWC trophy and have the chance to meet Shane Williams and Glamorgan County Cricket Club, players.

Rugby legend, Shane Williams said: “I am really excited to be taking part in The Ultimate Delivery and testing out my cricketing skills. I hope we can get as many people of Cardiff as possible to take part, set another record and have some great fun. What a great celebration for the CWC coming to Cardiff and Wales.”

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Peter Bradbury, said, Cardiff, is hugely proud to be welcoming the CWC to the city and to have the ball arriving in this record-breaking style with The Final Delivery will be a great knowledge for all those intricate.

“Cardiff has a strong sporting and cricket heritage and we hope ‘The Ultimate Delivery’ event will engage both the local community and traveling supporters of the Cricket World Cup. We look forward to welcoming sports fans of all ages to take part, creating a truly memorable event for the entire city,” he concluded.

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Hashim Amla speaks to the media ahead of CWC19

Hashim Amla boasts more than 18,000 international runs but He is hungry to show he still has what it takes at his third ICC Cricket World Cup. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Hashim Amla speaks to the media ahead of CWC19
Hashim Amla speaks to the media ahead of CWC19

The South African batsman has been a backbone of the Proteas’ set-up for more than a decade, with 55 international centuries to his name, but a loss of form put his place in Ottis Gibson’s squad in danger on the eve of the tournament.

The right-hander missed the one-day series against Sri Lanka earlier this year, with Aiden Markram promoted to open the batting alongside vice-captain Quinton de Kock in a series the Proteas won 3-2.

Amla also missed out on the IPL and that break has refocused his mind and motivated him to sharpen his game in a bid to prove a point.

“Things happen that you don’t anticipate and I did not anticipate how things have gone recently,” he said.

“But I am a firm believer that when something happens, there is some good in it. I have had time away and now I am really looking back to wearing the green and gold again.”

I am hungrier than ever before, there is no doubt about that. I have been blessed to have this shirt for a while but the time off has made me want to come back stronger.

“This is my third [ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup] so I know what it is all about. I have a strong record in England and I have always enjoyed coming here.”

At 36, this is likely to be Amla’s last chance of lifting the ICC Cricket World Cup. His previous two appearances have ended in heartbreak at the hand of New Zealand – who beat them in the quarter-finals in 2011 and semi-finals four years later.

However, the attention on South Africa is less intense this year – with England the current top-ranked side.

The two teams will do battle in the opening game at The Oval and Amla believes their underdog status will suit South Africa.

“It is the best first game we could have asked for. We have played England recently and had some success against them, I have done well against them too,” he said.

This year, you don’t see the same big names and that is why the focus is not on us but that has some good in it.

There has not been much chat about us winning in comparison to the past but I don’t think that played a part in how we performed.

“At the end of the day, we always gave our best and played to win. The fact there has not been a lot of chat at this World Cup means there is less expectation but in the team, we think we can do well.”

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Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

The Australia wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey trusts the vast skill of the side will be vital in “high pressure” situations at the CWC19. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy
Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

Several of the Australian Cricket players and support staff have important CWC knowledge. Ricky Ponting, their associate coach, won the tournament thrice (in 1999, 2003 and 2007), fielding coach Brad Haddin was part of the 2015 title-winning side, and the likes of Aaron Finch, the skipper, David Warner, Steve Smith,  Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell have all played in the previous editions.

“We have got a lot of knowledge,” Carey told reporters in London. “Brad Haddin played in the last CWC, we have got Ricky Ponting coming in, and we have got a number of players who played in that last CWC.”

“We have got lots of knowledge around the group of guys to access. When we get into it, that’s when the high-pressure skill comes into it.”

The 27-year-old also said Aussies would be focused on their own match plans rather than form them rendering to the opposition. Aussies have won eight straight away ODI, and Carey credited that form to this method.

“We have got a certain game style which has been successful in the last eight games, against quality opposition,” he said.

For us, it is playing to our strengths. Every team in the CWC has got its strengths. We are not too much about hostility’s game style. That’s where we get unfocused from what we are really good at.

“Thus for us, it’s building on our success in the last few months. David Warner and Steve Smith come back in. Aaron Finch is in really good form. Our quick’s are in good form as well. We got a lot of exciting players.”

Aussies will play warm-up games against Sri Lanka and England before their initial match against Afghanistan on 1 June, and Carey is self-assured they will begin the tournament on a positive note.

“We will start planning. We have warm-up games as well, which will be part of our build-up,” said Carey. “A lot of us have played against a number of their Afghanistan’s players. The first game is where we want to hit our straps. They will be keen to start the tournament well, and so are we.”

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Gulbadin Naib said Our Morale High for CWC 2019

Gulbadin Naib, the new Afghanistan one-day international captain, is upbeat about his team’s chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Dulbdin Naib said Our Morale High for CWC 2019
Gulbadin Naib said Our Morale High for CWC 2019

Afghanistan is set to feature in only their second ever Cricket World Cup, sealing their place through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe last year, which they won. They trained for the main event at a camp in South Africa and have high expectations of causing a few upsets in the tournament.

However, they got a jolt when the selectors decided to go with split captaincy and named a new leadership team. Naib took over from Asghar Afghan, even as senior members of the squad went public with their concerns of how the last-minute change could affect the team’s spirits.

Naib, though, dismissed these concerns. The change, he said, was “no big deal” and hailed the experience of his team-mates.

“When I look at my team, we prepared very well the last couple of months,” he told AFP in Kabul on Monday, 29 April, ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cup. “The guys have a [high] morale; everyone is very excited to be participating in the World Cup.”

Naib was particularly pleased with the camp in South Africa, expecting the bouncy wickets they played on to be similar to what they might get in England and Wales.

The team is placed No.10 on the ICC ODI Team Rankings chart, but he wasn’t ruling out their chance to surprise a few teams. In the Asia Cup, they beat Sri Lanka, took Pakistan close and forced a tie against India. Asked if he thought his team could go all the way.

Naib said: “I hope so. It is cricket … anything can happen.”

Afghanistan opens its World Cup campaign against Australia in Bristol on 1 June.

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