Sunday, March 05, 2006
There has been some talk of which Full member teams are doing/not doing their bit for the Associates. This is my take on it.
Teams actually PLAYING Associates between now and Feb next year (i.e doing their bit):
Zimbabwe: 7 matches. Bangladesh: 6 matches. Sri Lanka: 2 matches .England: 1 match. Pakistan: 1 match.
'A' Teams PLAYING associates, bear with me if I have missed some. (i.e could do better):
England (ish). Pakistan. India. West Indies.
Teams HOSTING Associates, but not playing them (i.e could do a lot better):
Teams doing jack all to help the minnows, but concentrating on themselves only (i.e so much for a fair go for all; very poor effort):
Australia. New Zealand.
Plenty of excuses are offered as to why 'so and so' can't/won't play the Associates. As far as I'm concerned, they are just that - excuses. If the National team is busy, send an 'A'-team or invite an Associate to tour against the county/provincial/state sides. Zimabwe and Bangladesh may have been bullied into it by the ICC, but at least they are playing the Associates. That is the only way the Associates will rise to the level of the Full Members.
Cross posted on Big Cricket.
Posted by Chemosit at 1:56 pm