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Aug 31, 2010

Muttiah Muralidaran looks ahead to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

On this week's ICC Cricket World audio show Sri Lanka bowler Muttiah Muralidaran looks ahead to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 which will be staged in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka from 19 February to 2 April. 

"I'm excited about this year's ICC Cricket World Cup being played in the Asia sub-continent, last time it was played in the sub-continent we won the trophy. We have a good side so hopefully we have a good chance this time too," says the spin bowler. 

"It's a big event and people are excited about hosting part of the tournament in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans are thrilled to be able to see the World Cup live in their own country and we have a semi-final here too which is also great for cricket in the country. We're all very excited to be hosting lots of different teams in Sri Lanka for the tournament". 

Joining Muralidaran on this week's show is former England bowler Angus Fraser who was one fifth of this year's selection panel for the LG ICC Awards 2010 long list. 

Fraser comments on the task, "It was an honour to be contacted by the ICC to help judge who should be part of the long lists for the ICC Awards. 

"It was an extremely difficult task with some outstanding performances deserving to be on the lists. I was particularly pleased to be able to nominate someone like South Africa's Hashim Amla who has done particularly well in Test cricket this year but has also shone in the one-day format of the game".

Also on this week's show, Steve Massiah, captain of the USA side that recently won Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 (WCL Div. 4) in Bologna talks alongside fellow Division 3 qualifier Italy captain Alessandro Bonora about promotion to the next level of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League. 

Massiah says, "This was a very important result for us and by winning the tournament in Italy it will help us to continue in our attempt to qualifying to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. 

"The player of the tournament, Sushil Nadkarni, was an integral part of the side with his skills with the bat and being the only left-hander in the side, while man of the final Lennox Cush is equally important with the bat and ball". 

Italy captain Bonora says, "Going into the tournament in Bologna we always had it in our minds to get a top two finish and although we didn't win the finals to have qualified for Division 3 is fantastic. 

"We've played a few of the sides in the Division 3, the only side we've not face is Oman, so we'll need to make sure we come out firing on all cylinders when it comes to the tournament in Hong Kong in January". 

Apart from the above interviews, the show has the usual round up of cricketing news and an update of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test and ODI cricket.

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