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Incorporating Nepal and Denmark…..

First off all, let me say that there is nothing wrong with the structure of Intercontinental cup. In fact, its a good one, perhaps barring the fact that the Bermuda/Canada/Netherlands games are taking place in South Africa, whereas I would have liked these games to take place IN one of these countries so that their population could get an oppurtunity to see their teams and enjoy what are likely to be close games, and not drubbings that test teams hand out to them. It would also have meant some money for these cricket associations. In any case, I think the reason why they are in South Africa is because Netherlands refused to play the game in the summers, because their players are mostly not available (Ten Doeshte and Zuiderant play in county, and I think Van Bunge and Tim De Leede also play in some English clubs). So the only time left to schedule these games was Nov-Dec, and during that time NONE of the three associates (Canada/ Netherlands or Bermuda) can host the games because of winters.

Anyway, back to point.

What I think should happen is, that the total number of teams in the intercontinental should be increased from the current 8 to 10. Incorporate both Nepal and Namibia, and the final spot can be given to Denmark. The rest is the same. As far as the games are concerned, the 4 non ODI countries should be given the limited overs matches against the ODI teams just like they are given between themselves. They wont count as ODIs, but only as limited over games (like UAE is currently doing, and will also be having a triangular with Ireland and Scotland early next year)

Lets face it, currently, cricket has a good chance of developing into an industry only in these coutries for the next 5-6 years.

Of course that would mean more cricket tours for the associates. I am not sure if the league system that ICC is going to start off for the Intercontinental Cup from 2007 onwards is going to span over 1 or 2 years. If it is 2 years, then these 2 extra teams can easily be incorporated. If its just one year, then I think the schedule would be cramped up a little bit. But hey, if it is a move to make the players in these countries professionals, then in a way it is good because once you become pro, you need a lot of games, and the associations need a lot of home games to be able to at least try and make some money to sustain the professionalism. So this may not be a bad move.

As such I dont think a second division of Intercontinental cup is needed at the momment, becuase there are not many other countries which are at this level. Maybe in 5-6 years time, there will be and then something can be thought of interms of making a second division.

My only concern is that Denmark and Nepal will possibly be left behind NOW when they are showing potential. If you wait for 5 years and then start something to incorporate them, it may be equivalent to missing the bus.

In all of this, I think Uganda gets the tough end of the stick. They have the numbers and the interest, even in their domestic games. But the point is that Denmark IS a better team than them, which was proven last year in the ICC trophy when Denmark beat them. Plus it needs to be an intercontinental cup, not an african cup.

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Categories: Cricket Development
  1. Cuen Lucas
    March 6, 2006 at 3:56 am

    I say the ICC should go for it, in the long run incorporating more teams will only be to the benefit of those involved.

  2. March 6, 2006 at 5:16 am

    The ICC will have to start seriously thinking about either incorporating 10 teams in the Intercontinental cup, or if not so, then starting off a div 2 of the Intercontinental cup with an additional eight teams (I mentioned this in one of my blogs below, with the possible teams) with relegation and promotion at the end of every 2 years.

    Btw, I checked and from 2007, the Intercontinental Cup is going to become a 2 year cycle. So these additional 2 teams can actually be incorporated in the system very easily with not much additional cost and also not much additional pressure on the teams in terms of time.

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