Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The ICC announced yesterday that the World Cricket League, to be held in Nairobi early next year between the top 6 Associates, will also be used as a qualifier for the Twenty-20 World Cup to be held in South Africa. While this will give some added incentive to the Associates, who will be using the event as a warm up before the main World Cup in the West Indies, I also feel it sells the Associates short. Firstly, I think it is the form of cricket in which an Associate is most likely to defeat a Full member, and so the 'World Cup' should feature more than just two non-test nations. Second, and just as important, it makes an ODI event a qualifier for a Twenty-20 event. You have to be kidding me. These are two totally different games, and it would be like basing the ODI table on the best Test performances. Yes, there will be some similarities, but they are different games, and the qualification should reflect this. If the ICC are going to take the Twenty-20 format seriously, which it seems like they are, they should give the Associates a real qualifying event. I would not be surprised if this threw up some surprise results. Just as I think it is a format where an Associate has a greater chance of beating a Full member, I think the same applies to the lower ranked Associates standing a better chance against those ranked above them. It could potentially be a really good tournament, and may even be a catalyst for aiding the spread of cricket in the non-traditional areas. I'm sure any of the top associates would be only too happy to play host.
Posted by Chemosit at 10:41 am