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Opinion: Denmark were impressive….

Perhaps Ireland’s gland slam of European tournaments, and Greece’s goof up managed to overshadow one thing…… Denmark were very competitive in the Euro Division 1……. they lost to both Scotland and Netherlands on the last ball of the match, while the Scotland game was one where they fought back from nowhere to get into that position…… they achieved both of these things without the services of Thomas Hansen, who is their top bowler, though recently Henrick Hansen is challenging him for that title.

Lets for a momment ignore what is happenning in the youth leagues and youth national teams from Denmark, because it seems that 6 of the current players, Klokker, M Pederson, Z Shah, Hamid Zaman, MJ Hansen and Yasir Iqbal are all below the age of 23, so they have a good 10-12 years of cricket in front of them……. so if these guys mature during that time, they definitely have the talent to take Denmark higher up the ladder in associate countries……..  the future doesnt really hold up for Denmark, because their youth teams were not only pathetic, but it looks like if only minorities are playing the game then the standard and playing numbers may be reducing as well in the juniors……. but for the next 10 years, I think they are ok………

The trick is not to go in the wilderness…….. organize games against County seconds, or against the associates…… keep playing strong opposition to imrprove the standards……… But I am afraid that I would not consider them to be a future force, because of the regression in their junior teams…….. a good idea would be to ask one of the counties to play the warm up tour in Denmark…… certainly Denmark can provide as good an opposition to the county as UAE or Oman can……. and that too in similar conditions to what the county is likely to face in the season…….. plus I think the cost of the tour would not be an issue either………….

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    August 12, 2006 at 2:57 am

    Organizing tours would be a good idea, not just for keeping the national side sharp, but can also make good sports outings for any local schools and really showcase the game to the youngsters. If tour costs and player availability aren’t an issue, then the DCB should go for it, because they must do something.

  2. Chris Rawson
    September 5, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Overseas tours are difficult for the DCF as funds are very tight at present.

    The M J Hansen referred to several recent reports on Danish cricket is actually R J A Malcom-Hansen. He was born and bred in England, speaks not a word of Danish, but qualifies for Denmark by virtue of a Danish passport courtesy of his Danish Mum. It is unlikely that he will be able to continue playing for Denmark after he is 21 because he will not then be able to get a Danish passport unless he is resident there.

  3. September 5, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Chris – Has he has already played for Denmark, he’ll remain eligible.

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