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News: Denmark and Namibia get HPP spots…..

Both Denmark and Namibia have been added to the High Performance Program by the ICC. 2 more teams will be added, but they will NOT be from Asia, and will be chosen from the WCQS Div 5 next year. It seems at the momment that Uganda and PNG might be the forerunners to get those 2 spots.

I am a bit surprised at the ACC decision that the asian teams should not be part of the global HPP, but rather ACC will take care of them itself. I am sure that they are likely to contribute less money towards ICC HPP as a result of this. More of a decentralized approach. The reason why I am surprised is becuase I think UAE/ Nepal/ Afghanistan would have benefitted more playing in the global HPP instead of one between each other, especially since Afghanistan actually does not even play in the ACC premier league. UAE keeps getting these games against weaker teams in the ACC region, and ends up losing to Namibia within 2 days. ICC HPP would have been the way to go for them, not sticking to ACC.

So, what does getting incorporated into HPP mean?? Well, for one thing, more funding. How much is a good question. Perhaps a one time investment of $500K? That was the amount given to the top 6 HPP countries last year, but that may have had the additional amount for the qualification for the WC 2007. I am not sure about the exact amount at the momment, but it looks like Namibia will benefit a lot due to the $500K or so transalting into a lot of money in their economy.

The HPP Training Camp in Pretoria is another advantage. This has been helping players a lot.

The 3rd thing is the calender. It will depend upon what kind of a calender the ICC can create for these teams. African region can benefit a lot if Uganda also gets through, because then there will be Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Namibia, all from that region and they can play a lot of cricket with each other. Perhaps, since the number will only be increased to 10 total teams, and 2 of them are already in the intercontinental cup, the other 2 may end up in the Intercontinental cup as well, which opens up a lot of touring possibilities. I was thinking that perhaps Namibia has missed a trick in the current SA/India series but not getting a warm up game against India. With their current performance in the SA domestic, they may have warranted a game, at least as a warm up for India.

The coaches are never provided by ICC to HPP countries. But the additional funding always helps in getting a better coach. However, the ICC did a few training sessions for the coaches of HPP countries, with which the new countries would benefit.

The main thing is the calender, and then the amount of funding. A stable calender will help the country finding domestic sponsors. ICC pays for the international tickets of the tours that it sponsors, so that takes away a chunk of the costs. It all depends upon how these 4 teams will be incorporated in the HPP calender for the top 6.

If someone can think of other advantages of being in the ICC’s HPP, please share.

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  1. Ram
    December 21, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    Good news for Denmark and Namibia to get absorbed in the HPP…As mentioned, the biggest part of this program is the amount and quality of fixtures these countries would get over the next 2-3 years that should establish a decent platform for the game to take off in these “fringe” countries…It’s well documented about how the granting of ODI status (and with it good quantity of quality cricket) to the top six has raised their profile, not just in their own country but also in the mainstream cricketing fold…Hopefully, this development has come at the right time for Namibia immediately after their strong performances in the SA Provincial setup and in the subsequent Intercontinental Cup game against UAE…As for Denmark, this should help arrest the slide from having a home-grown indigenous side to one of more and more expats…

    About the ACC’s decision of doing it separately, it doesn’t appear to be a great idea at the outset…For one, the amount that the ICC gives is worth much much more in an Asian economy (except UAE) than in economies like Denmark or Namibia…This money would be invaluable in improving/setting up the basic infrastructure these Asian countries so desperately need…The other important thing is the lack of exposure of Asian teams to foreign conditions, which is arguably the biggest on-field issue hampering the progress of Associates….It would be tough now to expect Asian countries (or the ACC) to organize fixtures against the non-Asian members of the HPP….I wonder why the ICC agreed to such a proposal in the first place…

    This news piece seems to bring out once again the skewed attitude of the ICC towards its development program…First, I wonder why the ICC almost never gives importance (or higher preference) to countries with home-grown sides over expat-based ones…In the present scenario, where is the incentive or the ICC backing to have a good, development program in place?…Second, while it’s good to treat all countries of the HPP equally, the ICC in effect is not doing so by distributing their money in equal amounts to all Associates…It isn’t rocket science that European nations need much more money than their Asian or African counterparts for getting the same job done…Third, the ICC doesn’t seem to take into account cultural/regional differences and needs while treating their Associates…For example, an Asian/African country needs greater initial investment for infrastructural development as against a European or American country where a more consistent funding policy together with more games for the national side on a consistent basis is paramount to raise the game’s profile and thereby get other things in place albeit much slower than in an Asian or African country…Now, points two and three just mentioned may appear contradictory but I hope the difference is evident…

  2. Efaz
    December 26, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Nepal team should try to get entry into a Bangladeshi cricket league, that will help them improve better than HPP would.

    How about Afghanistan ? Is the team given entry into Qued-E-Azam trophy this year ?

  3. December 27, 2006 at 4:22 am

    Nepal should actually try to get into the Indian domestic setup ……… Bhutan however, may be better suited to get into bangladeshi league, maybe in 5-6 years time ………..

    I am not sure about Afghanistan…….. but it looks like some of their top players may get hired by patrons for the patrons cup….. patrons trophy in pakistan is more like a franchise system, it runs parallel to the regional set up……. I read somewhere that PIA was interested in getting Hamid Hassan to play for them……..

  4. December 27, 2006 at 4:40 am

    Actually, USA team might also be in the running for the HPP spot !!! That will be ICCs dream come true……… but the ICC, just like in the case of China, did not really need any validation to invest more money into USA cricket……

    USA did beat PNG in the 2005 ICC Trophy, though they lost to Uganda. Uganda in turn lost to PNG. So you cannot predict what will happen. PNG players would go into that WCQS Div III tournament with the advantage that they are currently playing in the EAP XI in similar conditions….. Uganda and USA will have to adjust to the conditions, and Uganda has not done well in terms of adjustment in the past. But USA team would be coming in without much match practise……….. so it will be interesting. Plus both Fiji and Tanzania will be dark horses of that tournament….. Tanzania I think convincingly lost to Uganda in the Atul Shah tournament, but we dont know what they will do against the EAP and Americas teams……….

  5. Efaz
    December 28, 2006 at 8:18 am

    Nepal in an Indian domestic league ? Like Ranji Trophy ? If you meant so, then you gota be kidding. Nepal can be still belted by U/19 teams from Test playing countries.

  6. December 28, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    Ranji Trophy is 3 day…… I was thinking more in lines with the second div for the One day championship…….. Bangladesh used to do that before they got even ODI status in 1997…….. Nepal cannot be much weaker now than the Bangladesh team from 10 years ago……….

  7. Noire
    December 28, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    Efaz, sort ur statistics out. Even our novice u-19 team beat few of those test level u-19. I m sure we will win most u-19 teams…but cricket is a funny game. Bangladesh once won Australia!

  8. December 28, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    Perhaps the ICC should make it a benefit of the HPP status that they will fund the participation of an HPP country in the domestic championship of a test nation.

    Netherlands can play in English County, Canada can play in West Indies, Namibia and Kenya can play in SA domestic, Uganda in Zim domestic (perhaps to help out Zim 🙂 ), Bermuda can play anywhere since they are on full contracts, probably New Zealand.

  9. Efaz
    December 29, 2006 at 8:44 pm

    Nasir, got you, something like Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup won’t be a bad idea for Nepal.

  10. Cuen Lucas
    December 30, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    Perhaps the ICC should make it a benefit of the HPP status that they will fund the participation of an HPP country in the domestic championship of a test nation.

    Nasir, I’d like to see that happen, a team can practice often, but there is no subsitute for experience gained out in the middle. Allowing the HPP sides to participate in a test nations domestic setup will give them much welcome regular competition, obviously these teams might not be able to make a proper campaign to win the title in question (owing to forfeited games due to international commitments) but facing past, future, and occasionally current test and ODI players will help them to adjust to that level.

    It’s good to see Denmark getting an HPP spot, Danish cricket
    really needed a boost and hopefully this is it. Namibia was actually a very shrewd choice, they may not always have the results, but they are a talented side and now they are starting a serious mainstreaming program, their foundation looks solid.

    I can understand why Afghanistan was overlooked this time around, I could imagine a lot of the associates kicking up quite a stink if an affiliate got an HPP slot ahead of them.The ICC might be waiting for Nepal to achieve a certain standard/achievement before they get the nod, it’d be foolish for the ICC NOT to be looking at Nepal as they appear to be one of the leading Asian associates and a decent long term prospect.

  11. December 30, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    The ICC may benefit from holding a 6 nations tournament featuring Nepal, Afghanistan, UAE, Uganda, Namibia, Denmark….. if Afghanistan gives a solid performance in that tournament, it will become easier for the ICC to divert more attention to them than they usually do to other affiliates………..

  12. Ram
    January 5, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Nasir,

    Just to get the facts right, Ranji trophy is 4-day cricket, be it first or second division…Second, there are no divisions in the Indian domestic setup for the one-day version; it’s rather played on a regional basis…

    About your point for a 6-nation tournament mentioned in the post above, ideally I would even extend it to include Bermuda and Canada…Afterall, UAE thrashed Bermuda when they hosted them last year while Afghanistan achieved what Bermuda couldn’t by defeating county 2nd XIs…Also, I don’t think Namibia would be that far behind Can/Ber…

  13. Nishadh Rego
    January 27, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    ACC’s decision to exclude their member states from the Global HPP program is in my opinion one of the biggest mistakes ACC has made. The HPP is the best thing to happen to associate cricket ever, and has really helped teams like Bermuda and Kenya improve rapidly in difficult conditions, through its many programs.

    What teams like Nepal and Afghanistan are lacking at the moment are exposure for their players, funding, and regular quality matches. The HPP winter camp, the regular tournament structure and the extra funding from the HPP could really help some these Asian sides, considering that teams like Afghanistan play one international tournament every two years.

    Unless the ACC plans to introduce their own mini HPP structure within Asia, as well as give the Asian teams the opportunities to play outside Asia, there’s no point in being excluded. If I were Nepal, I would protest the decision and demand more from the ACC.

  14. January 28, 2007 at 2:11 am

    ACC apparently believes that their ACC Premier league is the same thing as the intercontinental cup etc., and that they dont need to get involved in the global programmes.

    What good is UAE getting out of playing Hong Kong etc? When they could have, and actually are having for the time being, the oppurtunity to play the best associates and improve their game in difficult conditions?!?

    UAE couldnt stand up to Namibia for 2 days, and were more than competitive against Scotland and Ireland at home….. UAE also needs to think beyond their local conditions.

  15. samit
    February 5, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    acc should involve in the global programmes because it will help the development of cricket in asian region. uae,nepal ,afghanistan will get exposure.and they will have quality match to play instead of playing against weaker teams.

  16. February 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    well….. this line of argument of mine was kind of thrown into the tarpits by UAE/Oman knocking out Namibia, Denmark and Uganda in WCQS Div II

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