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27 January 201112:42

Smith admits India favourites for the ICC CWC 2011

The South Africa captain reckons the three hosts will be the teams to beat this time around, with India favourites for the title

Smith admits India favourites for the ICC CWC 2011
 - Cricket News

South Africa captain Graeme Smith is tipping hosts India as favourites to win the title.

With less than 22 days to go until the ICC's flagship event, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, South Africa captain Graeme Smith looks back on his side's recent victory over India in its ODI series and looks ahead to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, admitting the three hosts will be the teams to beat this time around, with India favourites for the title.

"I think the home teams will be right up there when it comes to the ICC Cricket World Cup. I think in the sub-continent conditions they'll be very crafty knowing how to read conditions while other teams need to find ways to be successful there.

"I think for us we need to versatile, I think India will come in as favourites but personally I think there are five or six teams that could win this World Cup which is probably going to make it a very exciting one," says Smith.

The show can be used in whole or part by radio stations that want cricket content, while the public can also download it straight from the ICC website at http://www.icc-cricket.com/media_interactive_zone/podcast.php.

Also on this week's show, former Pakistan captain and ICC Cricket World Cup winner Imran Khan looks back on his career and talks about what it feels like to win an ICC Cricket World Cup.

"I think you need to command respect rather than demand respect from your team-mates as a captain otherwise you'll have a revolt. If a captain can't command respect then you can't make your team fight for victory," says Imran about his captaincy style.

"The ICC Cricket World Cup we had a good one-day reputation going into and we were very competitive. To win the World Cup was very satisfying, I would not have played normally because I damaged a shoulder cartilage but we started disastrously so I decided to play to help us to win.

"I need to play to help us to win the World Cup, and the way we won was great coming from the bottom three was fantastic and the happiness it gave to the people of Pakistan, I think it was a perfect ending to my career," says Imran.

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

The 15 minute ICC Cricket World audio show has been put together by the ICC's global broadcast partner, ESPN STAR Sports.