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News: Scotland to play 8 ODIs v SA and NZ in 2008

ICC approved that the top two associates, i.e. Scotland and Kenya, will get at least 2 events/series every year with the test teams. In this regard, it looks like Scotland is going to play SA and NZ in 2008. I think 2007 is pretty much all set for them with the WC and all. The itenerary is not finalised yet, but I think that they will go for a double round robin league triangular, so at least 4 matches are guaranteed for both Kenya and Scotland. I would have preferred to have the Kenya/SA/Scotland triangular in Kenya instead of SA, but thats how things went.

In my opinion, the associates should be looking to playing at least 20 ODIs in 1 year. I believe that anything less will not be able to bring people into the game again and again, and it will also cause a loss of interest because nobody is going to wait for 3 months for the next cricket match.

Another thing that I see happenning here is the assumption that Kenya is the best associate nation around. This may or may not be true, looking at Kenya's Hudini act against Netherlands in Feb in the intercontinental cup. I think both Ireland and Netherlands would be fighting it out with Kenya and Scotland for the best of the associates title. So the other countries perhaps should not be treated as having 'much lower standard'.

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    May 10, 2006 at 10:00 am

    I agree with the last sentence, The Netherlands in particular should have had the same privilege extended to them. It’s not such a bad thing that the Socttish and Kenyans are coming to South africa (though I will admit that Kenya’s cricket publicity would have benefitted), because as well as the games vs. South Africa, Kenya and Scotland will undoubtably play games against the franchise sides here, so a potential 2-5 extra games will help.

    The one positive that The Netherlands and Ireland can carry is that they are free to schedule their own tri-series and a time that suits them.

  2. May 10, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    Cuen,

    I think expecting the associate countries to organize their own cricket programmes is a little too much for them. Theoratically, it makes sense, primarily because the ICC cannot get involved in making tours for everyone. But practically, it is not possible because the associates usually cannot bear the costs. What an associate can do is to invite 2 test teams to play them in a triangular, and try to make money off the telecast rights back to the test countries. But given that there are only 9 test teams left, that is not a process that can be done over and over again. Reciprocal tours can be arranged for neighbouring countries, but otherwise it seems difficult. Being an international tour with strict ICC lodging requirements, the costs seem to be too much for associates.

    I have a feeling that this is going to be a slow process. Associates will invite a team for a couple of games this year; next year they will be able to host them for 3. This number will slowly keep on going up until they reach perhaps 10 home games. This will take time, maybe 5 years, maybe more. The thing is that the process as it is right now can very easily be counter productive. Lets say Bermuda lose out to either Namibia or UAE in the next ICC trophy. Then their standard will probably go down afterwards when they are in the wilderness for 4 years, with no ODIs to play. They can still play cricket, and perhaps invite test teams, but I dont think there will be a TV market for an exhibition game against an associate.

    Perhaps the ICC should start a second tier of records known as LOI, just like ODI. At least then the teams can still play games that matter, not only to themselves, but also to the fan base.

  3. Cuen Lucas
    May 11, 2006 at 2:33 am

    I was always under the impression that the bi-annual triangular series between The Netherlands, Ireland and an invited test nation was set in stone, that’s why I figured that this could be to their advantage.

    Your LOI idea is a good one, but I’d take it a step further to suggest that the ICC have a proper ODI level as well, so an LOI group could be 10 nations, consisting of 5 “set” nations with permanent ODI status

    (I don’t want to use the word permanent because hopefully these countries will go/return to test status)

    The Netherlands, Scotland, Canada, Kenya, Zimbabwe

    and 5 temporary nations decided by the outcome of the ICC trophy.

    Of course once one of the “set” nations go on to bigger things, then the most consistently performing team in the second group goes up to replace them. At least then the top 5 teams will have a longer timeframe in which to gradually build up their ODI experience.

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