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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 :  

  1. ODI vs a test nation.
  2. 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.

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    July 6, 2006 at 11:00 am

    I’m really happy to hear this, not just for the fact that it allows the associates to their best players forward, but also it means that the best players can play more often in their national teams and maybe develop a following within their country that COULD lead to youngsters taking up the game.

    The ICC has done a lot in recent years to help the associates and affiliates and this is yet another step in the right direction.

  2. Ram
    July 6, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    Cuen..I think the point about youngsters taking up the game because of their following of the national team players is a good one. For example, if a Kervezee or a Doeschate can play an innings in front of their home crowd that is say 50% as good as Ashraful’s knock against Australia, that could lead to many youngsters liking the game and start playing it..BUT, I feel the absence of cricket’s visibility in the Netherlands media can hamper the game’s progress and the KNCB should really look into it for future games, most importantly TV coverage..

    The ICC these days seem to be getting more right than wrong though one would love to see them concentrate on Afghanistan and Nepal instead of Canada and Bermuda..

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