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News: Upcoming Associate v Test Nation ODIs…..

23 June: Ireland v India, Belfast
24 June: Ireland v South Africa, Belfast
01 July: Scotland v Pakistan, Edinburgh
10 July: Netherlands v West Indies, Dublin
12 July: West Indies v Scotland, Dublin 
14 July: Ireland v West Indies, Dublin
16 August: Scotland v India, Glasgow

So there are 7 such games being played this year as opposed to last year’s 4. Netherlands gets only 1 game this year as opposed to last year’s 2, while both Scotland and Ireland get 2 more games than what they had last year.

The current scheduling owes a lot to luck as well…… ICC giving top associates ODI status, India getting into these offshore series business with Zee TV, Ireland making a mark in the WC, European associates being lucrative cricket markets for South Asians……. all are unrelated events that have ended up creating this situation whereby Test countries come to these countries and end up playing warm up ODIs against them.

The funniest thing would be if Ireland were to beat both SA and India in the warm up ODIs !! Wishful thinking, but it would be a very funny situation…………..

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  1. May 21, 2007 at 5:20 am

    A good year for the European Associates – looks like slim pickings for the others though at this stage…

  2. Ram
    May 21, 2007 at 6:36 am

    Ireland despite all their recent successes, have had to struggle to get those 4 games this summer…But the most important thing in this list is the lack of home ODIs for the Netherlands this summer…I wonder why they’ren’t given as much importance as the other two by the cricketing world, especially the ICC considering that a cricket-following Netherlands is more likely to cause an increase in their income compared to the other two…When Ire and Sco can capitalize on India’s offshore business with Zee TV, the Netherlands can also do the same…

    It would also be interesting to see how many turn up for the Ireland v SA/WI games…I guess the South Asian expats will be in full force for the games involving Ind/Pak…Ireland’s games against SA and WI will give a better idea of how much the WC performance has impacted the sport in Ireland…

  3. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    May 21, 2007 at 6:52 am

    Nick,

    This is so true. As a Kenyan, why do you think Kenya is not playing any? What is the matter with Kenya? They performed so badly in the Logan Cup recently yet were almost at full strength.

    BTW, I can’t believe they didn’t play a couple of full ODIs against Zimbabwe while they were there. Don’t you think this should hsve happened? Do you feel things have changed or progressed the way they should have since Sharad Ghai & Co were ousted?

    It seems that apart from Hiren Varaiya, Tanmay Mishra, Maurice Ouma & Alex Obanda (yet to play an ODI) Kenya’s future looks troubling – especially if they don’t play many ODIs.

    Nick, what are your thoughts?

  4. Cuen Lucas
    May 21, 2007 at 7:54 am

    You’re right about the slim pickings part Nick, where’s Canada
    and Bermuda?
    Surely these two countries should be looking to court any countries touring the W.I., or at least trying to arrange some kind of ODI series with each other and a test nation, or with Kenya and a test nation or even just amongst the three of them. Already almost half the four year window is gone.

  5. May 21, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    Don’t know why Kenya is not playing, except that there are rumours of Pak A and possibly another sub-continental side later in the year.

    Regards the strength of the side – maybe there were a large number of players who went to the World Cup present, but if you look at who was missing, i think it is fair to call this a development team, especially considering the ages of the players:
    The oldest was David Obuya (27) and all bar Luseno (25) and Collins (25) were under 25 and 6 of the squad were under 19.

    Of the WC players missing, Tikolo, Shah, Odoyo and Ongondo are the four most experienced players in the Kenyan side, so not surprising the team did not perform so well in their absence.

    Looking at how the team progressed, I think they learned a lot about the nature of multi-day cricket from the tour, and bottom line, that is more important than end results at this stage.

    I won’t comment of the political side of things much just yet as i’m waiting for a reply on development from CK, but if you compare the development tours under KCA (non-existent) with now, there has been a marked improvement. Where the current administration needs to pick things up is organising domestic tournaments to take advantage of the skills learned from these tours and pass them on.

    Am I confident in the future – yes, if we get something happening at a national level domestically. so long as we unearth one player of good enough standard to join the national side per year, we will be ok on that front provided they get enough games…

  6. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    May 22, 2007 at 2:09 am

    Nick,

    You make good points about Tikolo, Shah, Odoyo & Ongondo – all very good players. Along with Mishra, C. Obuya, Varaiya, Obanda & Ouma, Kenya looks a competitive team. Long term I think depth might be a problem however.

    Hopefully they do develop players of a similar ilk as those mentioned. I would love to see Kenya play Test cricket one day.

  7. Tom Lewis
    May 22, 2007 at 5:08 am

    I think it was good to see Alfred Luseno pick up a few wickets, as i remember reading he was the one player in Kenya who has raw pace, which would be able to trouble quality batsmen. It would be interesting to see how he develops in the coming months.

    Also what has happened to Kalpesh Patel and Timothy Muange, i would have thought both would have featured for the Zimbabwe tour?

  8. May 22, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Frank,
    Unless the infrastructure improves, we are a long way away from Test cricket. However, longterm, the youth programs that generated Mishra, Varaiya, Obanda etc are being restarted, so there is definitely hope there.

    Tom,
    I agree on Luseno, though pace alone is not enough. My concern is that despite much coaching, he has yet to really deliver. Still, hopefully this tour will be the turning point and it may be he is more suited to the longer form of the game.

    Regards Muange and Patel, I don’t know. Neither were they selected for the NPCA tour to Tanzania which hints at them being unavailable, either through injury or school commitments.

  9. Mkenya
    May 23, 2007 at 6:20 am

    I feel that unknown Elijah Otieno bowled pretty well for Kenya in ZIM.I dunno what happened to Rakeb Patel who is a double centurion in the kenyan league… only had single digit scores. About the NPCA tour i dont think the Tanzanians were happy to play a very much young unknown Kenyan team and they termed the games as just trials?????

  10. May 23, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Not sure I agree with you on Elijah Otieno – true he bowled plenty of maidens which shows he can build up pressure, but he only took 1 wicket.
    Regards Patel, i thought he was shortchanged in that he only got 1 match. As a learning experience, he may have learned more than say Kamande or Suji, both of whom got several chances.
    I have posted a brief summary of batting and bowling stats on kenyacricket.

  11. Roland Ilube
    May 24, 2007 at 1:44 am

    That sounds like the Elijah I know. When I played against him last year he bowled about 6 overs on a length outside off-stump and I think I must have left almost all of them alone

  12. May 28, 2007 at 6:05 am

    I hope that they can make the 1 test team/ 3 european associates quadrangular into an annual series, being held regularly……. english tours are basically very long, and countries are used to playing counties in a number of matches, so they should not mind these 3 extra ODIs coming their way……..

    And hopefully, all of these 3 associates can hold on to their ODI status in 2009……..

  13. Ram
    May 29, 2007 at 6:08 am

    I reiterate the need for Netherlands to host high-profile ODIs to not be left behind Sco, Ire…that’s the only way they’re going to jump start their cricketing economy, apart from of course providing free live TV feed…maybe Denmark, who’re now also a part of the HPP, can be invited to provide warmups for the 4 participating teams as compensation for the cancelled Euro 20/20 Championships, much like what Uganda did for the WCL Div 1 held in Kenya earlier this year…

  14. May 30, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Well well….. the India/Sa series has been cancelled….. which means that most likely there will only be 1 game for teh Irish, against India, and that too is unlikely at the momment……..

    Well….. Pakistan are also in the UK region at that time….. perhaps a rematch of the WC game :):)

  15. May 31, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    looks like the series is back on with Nimbus bagging the rights, after Zee TV fell out….. Ireland look all set to have their 3 ODIs against Test teams in the summer…..

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