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Ponting backs Khawaja to make Australia's World Cup squad

(Reuters) - In-form batsman Usman Khawaja should be part of Australia's World Cup plans despite the imminent returns of Steve Smith and David Warner, former captain Ricky Ponting has said.

Cricket - Australia's Zampa still not counting on World Cup spot

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The clamour in Australia to include Adam Zampa in the Cricket World Cup squad has reached fever pitch after his strong series in India but the legspinner feels his place is far from assured.

Miller, Tahir lead South Africa to super-over victory over Sri Lanka

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir conceded only five runs in a decisive super over as they beat Sri Lanka in their opening Twenty20 International on Tuesday after both teams had finished their innings with the same score.

Smith and Warner can fire Australia to World Cup glory - Warne

(Reuters) - Australia will welcome back Steve Smith and David Warner with "open arms" when their international bans expire and their inclusion will boost the team's chances of winning this year's World Cup, former leg-spinner Shane Warne has said.

Shah shines in Afghanistan's maiden test win against Ireland

(Reuters) - Afghanistan registered their first test victory after Rahmat Shah's second fifty of the match helped secure their seven-wicket win against Ireland in a one-off contest in Dehradun on Monday.

ICC rules out complacency on World Cup security after New Zealand shootings

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - There is no question of being complacent with security at this year's World Cup following a mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.

Smith, Warner meet with Australia team as bans near end

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Steve Smith and David Warner have met with their Australia team mates in the United Arab Emirates to smooth the ground for their return to international cricket when their bans expire at the end of the month.

Bangladesh team leave a changed New Zealand after mosque shootings

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Bangladesh's cricket team left New Zealand on Saturday, less than 24 hours after narrowly avoiding being involved in the worst mass shooting in the country, which now had to accept that sporting events were likely to have been changed for ever.

Bangladesh team narrowly avoid mosque shooting, test called off

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided being caught up in a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday that left 30 dead and forced the cancellation of a test match against hosts New Zealand.

Bangladeshi cricket team safe, no players injured after New Zealand shooting - BCB CEO

LANDDHAKA (Reuters) - The Bangladesh cricket team are safe and no players were injured in shooting incidents that took place at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, said the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).