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News: Flintoff considers Scotland to be capable of causing an upset at the WC 07

Flintoff recently toured Scotland to promote the Ashes series for Sky Sports, and in one of the sessions he has met with a few upcoming cricketing kids and also mentioned that Scotland should not be underestimated in next years World Cup.

I think Scotland will find it tough to upset either South Africa or Australia. The real possibility of an upset is in the Ireland group, where there are Zimbabwe and West Indies. Agreed that West Indies on their day can beat anyone in the world, and also agreed that West Indies are stronger at home. But WI is also a very inconsistent side, and you never know what will happen if Ireland manage to post 250, and get Gayle and Lara dismissed early.

If Kenya had not been in the dismal state of affairs that they are in right now, I would have considered that group to be quite possibly the upset prone group as well, with NZ and England being there apart from Canada. I think it will depend upon whether the English team’s musical chairs with injured players continues or they will have a full strength squad availalble. Upsetting NZ is a real possibility that both Canada and Kenya could have looked at.

The good thing about the 2007 WC Format as opposed to the 2003 format is that a single upset victory will throw a stone in the pond. Hence the associate games are not as pointless as they may seem.

I feel that they did not really need to have a full league as a second round in the world cup 2007. They could have done with 2 groups of 4 each, combining the top 2 teams from each group as a second round, followed by the semi finals.

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    September 14, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    I think the word “upset” in this case might not necessarily mean victory, if Scotland can give either of the test nations a real run for their money, then that could be an upset within itself.

  2. Ram
    September 14, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    I agree with the fact that Ireland have a much easier task on hand than the other two European countries…Infact, it would be disappointing if Ireland don’t even push their opposition in atleast 2 of their 3 games and should look to register atleast 1 victory….As for Sco and Neth, I think they’ll have a tough time but should look at trying to push SA in order to come out of the event with some positives…

    About the top 8 teams indulging in round-robin format rather than 2 groups of 4 team each, I think that’s because the ICC wanted to avoid dilution of the tournament’s competitiveness due to the presence of “minnows” beyond the first stage, as it happened to Kenya and Zim in 2003…

  3. September 22, 2006 at 7:30 am

    Scotland needs Gavin Hamilton to bowl again. He has tremendous talent and experience. What a tragedy he got the yips after being dicked about by his county.

    With Dougie Brown, John Blain, Craig Wright, Paul Hoffmann, and Big Gav as a pace attack, someone taking them lightly could be rattled.

  4. Ram
    December 10, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    I was looking for an appropriate thread to post this news item and thought this might be a good one…

    Cricket Scotland’s proposal seems to have been approved by the ECB, with the result that Scotland will now field a side next season for a minimum of six 3-day games against county second XIs…Fixtures against Lancashire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Durham and Leicestershire (all away games) have already been confirmed…I’m not sure if the the full Scotland team is going to take part or whether it will be more of an ‘A’ team but it’s good that atleast a start has been made…This should be a good test since players learn the best only when playing the longer version of the game;so Scotland have done well here…Not sure if the dates permit, but if they do, Scotland should look to send their strongest possible team to these games so that they can defeat these county second XIs convincingly and thereby hope to convince the ECB of a permanent place in their first XI county Championships…But neverthless a start has been made, hopefully the ECB can offer something similar to both Ireland and Netherlands…

  5. December 10, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    I think a spot in the first XI county might be tough…… Enland may not want to change their 200 year old set up of major cricketing counties to incorporate Scotland.

    Scotland might be stronger than the second XIs without much of an issue though, and it will help some Scottish players breaking into the counties as second XI players.

    Netherlands needs to have some discussion with ECB to incorporate them in the C&G Trophy as well. Somehow .

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