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Opinion: Of Zimbabwe in Intercontinental Cup….

Recently, the cricketing world has been given another talking point….. that an ICC committee recommended that Zimbabwe be made to play in the intercontinental cup, and only after a clear domination in that should they return to test cricket….

Good or bad? Good…… Zimbabwe ended up creating a mess that has no parallel in the history of cricket. A test team destroying itself so badly that one has to wonder what their real standard is. People have argued why nobody criticises Bangladesh….. first off all, they do when necessary, and secondly, Bangladesh are way better than Zim in almost every regard at this point in time, especially in the most important point that Bangladesh is crazy about the game, while Zim cannot hold its players after they grow out of puberty.

The question is, whether Zim is still going to have a test status? Will they still get the full country’s funds from the ICC? That is not good….. if Zim are asked to prove a point by putting them in the Intercontinental cup, then they should also be given the money at par with the associates….. after all, we are trying to see who is better given equal funds, so that the correct team comes through to the main table…….

I think one of the interesting by products of Zim playing in intercontinental cup is that the associates will get to play a lot of ODIs against them…… hence, if Zim is still a full member country, the associates can get some points on the ODI championship.

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    June 4, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Zimbabwe having a funding advantage over the associates might not be such a bad thing Nasir.

    If Zimbabwe is beaten and knocked out early on, then it’ll send a clear message to the ICC, and could force them to make some funding changes, possibly to the benefit of the top associates who all want to push their game forward.

    On second thought however, the associates MIGHT actually have the funding advantage, the ICC might throw plenty of money Zim’s way, but we’re all painfully aware of how little actually makes it into Zimbabwean cricket itself.

  2. Mkenya
    June 4, 2007 at 11:40 am

    amm i dont think any associate can beat a full strength Zimbabwe over four days.If Zimbabwe play the I. cup, Bangladesh should play too. I dont need to explain the Bangladesh situation on test cricket.

  3. June 4, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    I did a post on this a few days ago – I would like to see the ICC take this a step further and offer the top placed I.C team Test status for a short period with a promotion-relegation system set up every 2 or 4 years (the latter probably better with the I.C being played on a home and away basis over that time. Ultimately, there can only be a certain number of teams who play top flight Test cricket, but there is no reason that a second tier cannot be linked to the first with the best teams given a chance to make the jump.

    Regards funding, Zim should get the same as the associates. If this means their total gets cut and the associates get more, that can only help the game on a larger scale.

  4. Ram
    June 4, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    I tend to get the feeling that ICC is testing the depth of Ireland’s and Scotland’s cricket economy by giving more games against high-profile opposition rather than handing out millions of $ which I assume they feel can instead be used on the development program elsewhere…I think they want the respective boards to professionalize their setups from their own money rather than on the ICC’s funds..If I’m right, a self-sustaining national board is one of the prerequisites for Full membership…

    As far as Zimbabwe goes, well, the ICC don’t want to set a precedent for demoting countries from Full membership to Associate membership…Though their intentions sound genuine, I think the ICC needs to wake up and smell the coffee..Zim isn’t going anywhere which means the money if used elsewhere can have a more meaningful contribution to the game…

    From a cricketing point of view, it looks like the European 3 will boycott Zim…And, we don’t know yet what Canada will do…So, the success of this move looks questionable at this stage…It would also be interesting to see the reaction from ZCU once the move is ratified…

  5. Bruce Gaskell
    June 6, 2007 at 5:21 am

    Imagine what good Zimbabwes funding could do if half of it was sent elsewhere, $500,000 to Scotland Ireland Kenya Nepal… with plenty left over.

  6. June 10, 2007 at 12:45 am

    Is Zimbabwe still going to be a full member? Or will they also tie the full membership with when they are ready to play test cricket?

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