Cricket World Cup show opens

DUBAI — There could not have been a better personality than Sir Garfield Sobers to open the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies during the early hours of UAE time today at the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium in Jamaica.

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Mon 12 Mar 2007, 8:36 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:56 AM

The stylish all-rounder who held the world batting record for the most number of runs scored, was in all sense, the complete cricketer.

The opening match for this years’ 48-day extravaganza is slotted for tomorrow between the West Indies and Pakistan at Sabina Park. The final takes place on April 28.

The Caribbean show, the first time it is being held in the West Indies, will naturally keep the UAE expats from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand glued to their TVs during the early hours for another 48 days.

The Jamaican matches (9 hours behind) begin at 1830 hours UAE time while in the other islands (8 hours behind), the day-night games begin at 1730 hours UAE time.

Low scoring matches on the islands’ sporting wickets have been predicted by the experts.

One of the longest lasting performers this time is Sanath Jayasuriya.

The veteran who still plays with the same amount of fire and zeal as he did when guiding Sri Lanka to the World Cup triumph in 1996, will be the islanders’ trump card again, along with genius Muttaih Muralitharan. Jayasuriya puts the other superstars into a shade when it comes to being a consistent matchwinner in the World Cup.

For some of the senior Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, English, Australian and West Indian stars, this will be the last cricket World Cup to perform on.

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