Smith was the golden boy of Australian cricket until he opted to turn a blind eye to teammates Cameron Bancroft and David Warner conspiring to alter the ball at Cape Town.
The 28-year-old has hit five of the fastest 10 one-day international hundreds ever scored by an England batsman.
There is no denying that every cricketing opportunity is lucrative for brands but a sponsorship deal with two low-ranking teams has become a topic of debate.
The evolution of Bangladesh is uncontested and the heavyweights are aware that the 'passionate Tigers' pose a serious threat to them.
Karthik has experienced the highs and lows, whether it was being part of India's disastrous run in the 2007 World Cup or the World T20 triumph in South Africa months later.
The warm-up game will go beyond experimenting with the bowling attack, as quite a bit of focus will be on K L Rahul and Vijay Shankar, contenders for the number four slot.
"In the middle-order he has the ability to win the game. A player like him would be ideal for 5/6 position."
Kohli conceded that the tournament will see a run-fest but pressure of playing in a World Cup will make even 260-270 hard to chase.
This will be the second time that Afghanistan will be playing in a cricket World Cup
Amla was also missing in action at the IPL and he says the long break helped him to sharpen his game.
Australia are record five-time and the defending champions heading into the cricket World Cup
Biographer Devendra Prabhudesai talks about what to expect in the upcoming World Cup and his experience while writing the biographies of cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar.
The small grounds in England coupled with flat pitches during the English summer could serve as the ideal platform for the West Indies batsmen to unleash their power game.
Maxwell has averaged five overs per match since Aaron Finch took over as skipper, compared to just 2.4 overs under Steve Smith's captaincy.
Vaughan also termed England's 15-man World Cup squad as the best he has ever seen.
The best cricketers in the world will be convening at England and Wales to battle it out for the crown of cricket and will serve an awesome 46-day fest for fans.
Moneycontrol's Dustin Yarde chats with senior sports journalist Ayaz Memon to understand if the Indian squad is fit and well-rested for the World Cup.
The Indian skipper was addressing media before departing for England to play in the World Cup
Before departing for England India's head coach has heaped praise on the veteran
Ahead of the World Cup 2019 we look at World Cup records and their record holders
ICC will offer numerous platforms to the fans to access the tournament across television, radio and digital
MS Dhoni led India to its previous World Cup triumph in 2011
The pacer was initially excluded from England's preliminary World Cup squad
Going forward, the outlook for the commercial sector is positive, with REITs being the game changer
Once a South Asian giant, Sri Lanka have been on a downward slope recently