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News: Denmark loses to Gloucestershire 2nd XIs in 2 games

Gloucestershire 2nds have beaten Denmark quite comfortably in the 2 games that both teams used as warm ups. Denmark used them for the warm ups for the Euro championships and Goucestershire used them for the 20 20 championship. At least in the first match Gloucestershire fielded a strong enough team with 5 players from the first side.

Michael Pederson did well with 78 in the second match, while Klokker did well in the first game with 65. Apart from these two only Zishan shah featured in a decent partnerships on both occasions with Klokker, though he did not make a substantial score in my knowledge in either match. In the bowling department there was nothing special except for Henrick Hansen who featured well with some good bowling in both matches. At least he has been reported to be farily ‘agressive’. Denmark’s best bowler in Thomas Hansen did not do much, neither did Kopperholdt.

This defeat should put into perspective the standard of Denmark cricket. Too weak for County second XI, while the other 3 associates are fairly competitive with the firsts. Also, this brings forth the question about Afghanistan again, who did go ahead and beat County second elevens recently. How would they match up with Denmark  at the momment? I guess, given ICCs track record, we can only imagine. What about Kenya A, who were thrashed mercilessly by this danish sides A team ?!?!

I could not find the scorecards for these games, which is causing me to base my writing only on the reported article.

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  1. Ram
    July 25, 2006 at 5:12 am

    Not totally unexpected given Denmark’s standards..But more importantly Denmark must be concerned about the lack of indigenous players in its age-group teams..

    For the ICC, they must be looking to answer the following questions: Was Denmark’s defeat against Bermuda last year a one-off event or are Bermuda genuinely better?..How would Denmark fare against Canada/USA or even Kenya, whose A side they defeated recently?…Are Afghanistan and/or Nepal stronger than Kenya?..If so, how will they stack up against UAE/Namibia?..How good are Afghanistan and Nepal compared to Zim A/Ban A?…The ICC must look to provide all these countries with RELEVANT fixtures and then based on them create a ranking list from 9-20 that’s truly reflective of their cricketing standards so that it can be used for future reference..

  2. July 25, 2006 at 5:28 am

    Ram,

    Agreed. But the ICC seems not too concerned about the questions.

  3. July 25, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Nassir,

    Just to clarify, it was the full Denmark team that beat Kenya A, not Denmark A. Kenya and Holland would probably be about on par at the moment, and the Dutch really gave Denmark a belting after their A team lost. With Associates, I believe there is a need to differentiate between the National Teams and the A teams. There is not yet enough depth in any of the associates for the latter to really be expected to compete strongly. This may however change over the next few years with the development projects in place, but for now, let the A team tours be what they are: A way to give youngsters experience rather than a way of judging a National Teams merit.

    All that said, I agree there should be more matches for all of the lower ranked associates. However, and I believe this about the stronger Associates too, there is nothing stopping countries from organising their own fixtures rather that waiting for the ICC to do everything. Money may be a factor, but when it comes down to it, the ICC does not have an endless supply of that either. If countries really expect to move up the rankings, they will have to find ways of paying for at least some matches themselves.

  4. July 25, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    Nick,

    I think the first game that Kenya A lost was technically to to Denmark A. The full Danish side was supposed to take them on, but they couldnt get them all together. So they could not field Zishan Shah, Thomas Hansen, Michael Pederson, Carston Pederson (the national captain).

    But you are right that it was ‘officially’ not an A team.

  5. July 26, 2006 at 11:46 am

    Following up on what Nick has said…. I am a little surprised that Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands do not organize tours and matches on their own. I believe Netherlands organized 3 ODIs v Kenya on their own, but nothing became of them, and they also organized 2 games against Scotland, which got cancelled for some reasons.

    Kenya is the only one that has organized tours on thier own it seems. At least they have taken the initiative themselves, the ICC may has assisted them in some form, but it was not monetarily.

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