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News: Japan knocked out of WCQS Div III

Fiji beat Japan by 83 runs in the second round of the EAP Trophy, hence knocking out Japan from the WCQS Div III. Fiji will now join Italy, USA, Uganda, PNG, and one qualifier each from Africa (probably Zambia), Americas (probably Caymans) and Asia (this is a tough one!).

Final score
Fiji 166 (50 overs)
Japan 83 (41.4 overs)

This is the second performance by Japan where they were unable to score above 100. Though one can say that yesterday their target was by itself 75, they lost 7 wickets going for it, so they are maintaining an average of less than 9 runs per wicket!. I was perhaps naive to think that they could go ahead and perhaps qualify for WCQS Div III by upsetting Fiji; they seem to be in a lower league than Fiji. Now Japan will have to wait for 2 years to try to re qualify, and I think that they will be hard pressed by even the other teams in the EAP Cup next year to qualify for the next EAP Trophy.

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  1. Ram
    June 30, 2006 at 9:42 am

    I think the restructuring of the ICC WCQS deserves praise given that not only would these Associates and Affliates get more quality fixtures at the international level but also they would now get two shots at World Cup qualification which makes sure that the probability of the best teams getting to the World Cup qualifiers is increased!

    Now, Japan will go back and return hopefully stronger in two years time..Btw, who’ll Japan then play to qualify for the WCQS Div III apart from the Cook Islands?

  2. June 30, 2006 at 9:48 am

    Fiji will go through to WCQS Div III, and if they DONT finish in the top 3, they will be relegated back to regionals level. In that case, Japan will probably end up playing the same two teams in EAP Trophy 2008, provided that Japan and Cook by themselves are at the next highest level at that time. Our friend Vanuatu may be able to vertake them by that time.

  3. Ram
    July 14, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    Nasir..

    I wonder why Canada and Bermuda, who have direct qualification to the WCL Div I are asked to play in the Americas Div I tournament, while PNG who only have direct qualification to WCL Div III, are excused from participating in this EAP trophy!?..Rather than making Canada and Bermuda participate in meaningless thrashings against Argentina or Cayman Islands, they could’ve played a 5 ODI series between themselves while a similar 5 match series between Cayman Is and Argentina could’ve decided who went through to the WCL Div III tournament..Now, given that Cayman Is would attract a few thousand spectators to such games, not to mention the regional rivalries that would be set off, such a series could’ve maybe brought some money and sponsors to the respective boards as well!

    On the other hand, one expected PNG, arguably a weaker team than Canada/Bermuda to have participated in this EAP trophy so that countries like Japan and Fiji could have got to play against superior teams..

  4. July 14, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Well…. Japan did play against superior teams 🙂 I dont know if ‘much’ superior like PNG would have helped them anymore.

    Regarding the Qualification, all regions have their own systems, ICC doesnt indulge in it.

    I think 5 teams with 4 have a close enough standard and the 5th being the weaker one is not a bad structure.

    Plus dont forget…. the ICC is desperate to get USA into tournaments…..

  5. Ram
    July 14, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    Nasir…2 points..

    1. Is Cayman Is. in the same league as Canada/Bermuda/USA?..I thought they were a much weaker team though they are stronger than Argentina..In any case, if they were so desperate to involve USA, USA could’ve joined in and Canada/Bermuda/USA could’ve participated in a triseries while Argentina and Cayman Is. could’ve gone ahead with the 5 ODI series…I feel the ICC (or the regional organizers) shouldn’t miss out on any available oppurtunity to make money/attract crowds for these games, it also makes sense that Cayman Is. gets a chance to host a World cup qualifying tournament, given that their people are interested in following the fortunes of their national team unlike in Canada/USA!

    2. While Canada/Bermuda anyway get ODI cricket, PNG don’t get anything..In this regard, they would’ve been better off with 3 games if they had also participated in the EAP trophy…maybe, they could’ve hosted this tournament, though I don’t have an idea if they’ve the necessary facilities..

  6. July 14, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    1- I dont think Caymans is much weaker than the other 3. Secondly, Cayman Islands is a smaller country than Bermuda with a popualtion of 40K. So I dont know about a 3 match series.

  7. October 6, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Caymans all the way!

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