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News: Namibia thrash UAE in 2 days

Namibia’s recent routing of UAE by an innings and 149 runs, from memory being the most one sided 4 day Intercontinental cup match between 2 teams of consecutive ‘rank’, opens up a number of questions.

For one thing, the UAE team was a full team. All their expats were playing, including Shadeep Silva who I forgot to mention in my previous entry, someone who was ending up with 3-4 wickets in each of the ACC Trophy games. The difference in standard seems to be too much between the top associates and the rest, and UAE would be left asking questions about the value of playing in the ACC Premier league.

UAE is one of the few associate countries that not only boasts test standard facilities, but also has the money to host other associates for tours, irrespective of the stands being empty and the game not having any public interest over there. They should make their own itenerary, not relying on what ICC does for them, and go ahead and schedule tours from Namibia and the HPP countries.

The second thing that I would like to mention is that it looks like Nepal didnt do so badly against Namibia if the UAE crumbled agaisnt them the way they did. Nepal also had the disadvantage of playing IN Namibia. One would need to monitor Namibia’s performance IN UAE to see whether the difference was basically because of conditions. On slow, low, spinning tracks, Shadeep Silva and the likes may be unplayable for Namibian players. I believe that there is a return tour scheduled (or did that get converted into the current UAE tour of Namibia instead). But at least Nepal should be happy that they gave a better account of themselves than UAE are doing at the momment.

Match fitness may be a huge factor. Namibians have been playing in the South African provincial tournament for both the 3 day and the 1 day championships. UAe have also been playing in the ACC Premier league, but I dont think the standards compare well.

ACC would be better advised to stop making UAE play with weaker teams in the region, or at least compliment that with some games from Bangladesh A or Sri Lanka A. UAE has been the strongest team in the region below test level for 10 years now, and it seems that all that is happenning in Asia is that more and more countries are playing the game (not really, but at least technically) while the standard is either stagnant or relatively going down. UAE beat Namibia in the ICC Trophy in 2005, but looks like Namibia have taken the ‘missing Bermuda game’ to heart and are now out to reclaim their spot. Bermuda/ Canada would be hard pressed to retain their ODI status if Namibia keep on improving like this and keep on getting experienced like this.

Categories: Namibia, Nepal, UAE
  1. Tom Lewis
    December 10, 2006 at 5:05 am

    It seems that playing in the South African domestic game has benefited Namibia greatly, and it is possible that conditions simply played a major factor in them not qualifying for the World Cup. I am intrigued by the emergence of many young players in the Namibia ranks such as well as Louis Klazinga, does anyone know anything about him?

  2. rego
    December 10, 2006 at 6:46 am

    I know it was a thrashing but I wouldn’t read as much into it as you say. Match fitness and recent high quality opposition for the Namibians has certainly helped. Conditions do have alot to do with the result as well.

    As for Nepal, UAE are a better team.

    THe ACC Premier League is really helping teamsl ike Malaysia Singapore and Nepal. UAE aren’t really having a walk in the park (see Hong KOng vs UAE).

    The ACC U-15 tournament here in Bangkok is starting in 3 days.

    China arrived two days ago, and lost by 5 wickets to a Bangkok U-13 side. well…

    Qatar are taking part but have an ineligible team (no nationals) and so won’t be given points.

  3. December 10, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    Rego, why is Qatar even taking part if their team is ineligable?

    China U15 lost to Bangkok U13?!?! not even Thailand U13!! And here we were talking about how much of a single minded effort the Chinese have been putting in. Well….. you can only improve so much if you started playing the game 6 months ago.

  4. Ram
    December 10, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Well…It’s indeed a huge acheivement for Namibia to be able to thrash UAE over just 2 days in the Intercontinental Cup…As mentioned, their participation in the SA provincial competition seems to have helped the Namibians a lot…Hopefully, this win should encourage their board to organize more and more fixtures for the side in the years to come…

    About the difference in standards between the top Associates and the rest, I’ve my own doubts: I don’t think there’s much between Netherlands, Canada, Bermuda, UAE, Namibia…Of course, the Netherlands might be a bit stronger than the rest but I don’t think it would be a cakewalk for them if they were to be playing an away game..I’m not sure if you can pick two teams from these five and say with certainty that one of them is going to beat the other 9 out of 10 times in the one-day or multi-day version irrespective of the conditions…Also, we’ve teams like Denmark, Nepal, Afghanistan, USA, Uganda, Malaysia in a slightly lower league…If Nepal are good enough to thrash a depleted UAE team in a 3-day game, I don’t think Afghanistan or USA would’ve that bad a time against teams like UAE or Bermuda..I think the difference is more gradual than what it appears, arguably lower than what it’s between the top 8 and the top Associates/Ban/Zim…

    Also, about UAE being too strong for the ACC Premier league, yes that’s true and that’s been the case for the past 10 years…Infact, till 10 years back, UAE were the strongest Associate and arguably the only non-Test team to stand up against Test nations even on an occasional basis till Kenya suddenly burst into the scene in the 1996 WC…That they are still the strongest in the Asian region may be true but a look at the age-group teams in the region reveals that Nepal, Malaysia, Afghanistan have stronger/on par teams with the UAE, which probably indicates it shouldn’t be too long before UAE’s dominance grinds to an end…

  5. Martin
    March 5, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    I am currently working in the uk, but I played with Louis Klazinga during my high school career in South Africa. Louis played for Eldoraigne High in Pretoria. For any queries contact me at malchir_sql@yahoo.com

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