Saturday, June 28, 2008

India & Srilanka moving ahead in Asia Cup Cricket 08

Titleholders Sri Lanka and India enter the Asia Cup Super League matches starting here on Saturday in fine form after coming through the initial group stage unscathed.
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates in Group A, while India downed archrivals Pakistan and Hong Kong for maximum points from Group B.
India, three times champions, take on Bangladesh here on Saturday to kick off the Super League stage, where all teams play each other once to decide the July 6 finalists.
The fourth team involved are hosts Pakistan.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni paid tribute to batsman Virendar Sehwag, who has been in swashbuckling form.
"He plays in his own style and although there is a fair amount of risk involved, we always want him to play in his own style. Hopefully he keeps his form in the Super League matches as well," said Dhoni.
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene was happy with his team's form.
"We had good work-outs but there is still hard work ahead. The expectations are high as defending champions but we are capable of doing well and realise how important it will be to win all the matches," said Jayawardene.
Sri Lanka play Pakistan in their first Super League match on Sunday.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

ESPN STAR Sports to telecat Asia Cup ' 08

ESPN STAR Sports has retained the title of Asia Cup 2008 to promote STAR Cricket, its 24 hour dedicated channel on cricket targeted at the Indian subcontinent. All the 13 matches of 'STAR Cricket Asia Cup' will be broadcast live and exclusive on ESPN and STAR Cricket starting June 24, 2008. Speaking on the association of STAR Cricket with the Asia Cup, R C Venkateish, Managing Director, ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd, said, "STAR Cricket is a dedicated channel for the Indian subcontinent and there cannot be a better association than aligning with the Asia Cup where all the major cricket forces from the sub continent including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are participating. I am confident that this branding and marketing initiative will go a long way in promoting the channel.