News: ICC makes it law for counties to release players…
The ICC has finally made it into a law that all associate country players MUST be released by the counties for :
- ODI vs a test nation.
- World Cup Qualifying tournaments.
This is good news. No more will we have a situation where Dougie Brown cannot play for Scotland because he has to play a 20/20 county match, or Ten Doeschate has to go back after playing a single ODI. The mandatory law would make the associates more competitive in the one off matches they play.
Regarding associate v associate matches, this law does not apply to them, but lets note that in Europe at least the associate v associate games are usually part of the European Championships (World Cup Qualifying tournament), and the rest of the associate matches are after the county season, so I think it should be ok.