News: Scotland’s Poonia not to play against Pakistan
Warwikshire have refused to release Scottish opner Navdeep Poonia, who is only 20 and has only recently made it to the full Warwikshire team, for the Pakistan ODI, because he has to play a 20/20 match for Warwickshire. While this sounds stupid, since Warwikshire pay Poonia, and they are the onles who have brought him to the limelight in the first place, I guess they have all the right. While it is a blow to Scotland, since I was not counting Poonia for anything till a week ago, I dont think it is that big of a problem. Scotland should be able to open with Stanger and Lockhart without any problems. In any case, the real players for Scotland who I am expaecting to do something are Watson, Smith, Hamilton, Blain, Hoffman and Coetzer. Would have been good for their bowling to have Dougie Brown and Gordon Goudie as well, but I guess whatever they are going to put forth should be good too.
The other interesting thing that is mentioned in this article is that the World Cricket League division 1 is actually going to rank the top associates for the ICC trophy. That should be great, because it will avoid a Bermuda type fiasco from 2005 where Bermuda finished higher than Netherlands and Namibia without facing them, and ended up beating UAE, who they would lose to 9 times out of 10. This was not the world cup of soccer to find the best team in the world, it was to find the most promising teams and then develop the game of cricket there, and ICC should have had a better format in my opinion, or at least better seeding.