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News: Falkland Islands Cricket!

I am once again amused at this. Falkland Islands has been given affiliate membership to the ICC.

We usually lament how the ICC plays a numbers game, and sometimes talk of countries with 20 K population as if they were China taking the expansion of the game forward. Now we have Falkland Islands, a country of 3000 people! I think 1500 of them are men, and out of those, 500 are between the age of 15-35.

Well, at least it would be easy to spread the game in the country. Probably you can hold a barbeque at some park and they entire player base can participate.

Some of these small countries probably need to be merged into single teams. It is better for their players to play at a higher level, and it is better for everyone else as well. But in this case, what would you merge Falkland Islands into? There is no small country close by that forms a region.

Perhaps Argentina ? :):)

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    July 3, 2007 at 3:26 am

    That could get messy 😮

    But in all seriousness, smaller countries
    do need to be merged with each other OR larger countries because they are most likely be able to go no further than Associate status at best.

  2. Roland Ilube
    July 3, 2007 at 4:35 am

    My cricket club (which would be considered medium-sized) has about 300 playing members (including colts etc). Maybe we should apply for affiliate status, we could do with some ICC money to redevelop our artificial pitch and extend our pavilion 🙂

  3. July 3, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Just because a country is not capable of playing international-level cricket on their own, doesn’t mean that globalization of the game should not go there – spreading cricket is about a lot more than creating more international teams – it’s about seeing the sport being played all over the world, it’s about giving kids all over the world a chance to take up the sport.

    And I fail to understand your enthusiasm for merging countries together – each country has a distinct, national identity – the West Indies are an exception, not the norm. International sport is competition between countries, not regions and creating blocks of countries playing together would undermine international cricket.

  4. Bruce Gaskell
    July 3, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    I want to see a Tri-Series between the 3 hotspots of South American cricket, Guyana, Argentina and the Falkland Islands! A strange gathering that would be.

  5. July 3, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Even if the Falklands were able to produce any real quality players from a pool this size, they would be gobbled up by the great maw of the ECB anyway.

  6. Nishadh Rego
    July 3, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Ankur,
    this is a somewhat different case…

    1500 people?…

    and imagine they’ll be getting the same amount of money that Afghanistan or China do from the ICC..ludicrous!

  7. July 4, 2007 at 4:11 am

    Rego,

    I dont know if Affiliates get any money……. I think only associates do….. but I may be wrong.

  8. Cuen Lucas
    July 4, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Nasir, the affiliates are allowed to “apply for project based financial assistance under ICC Development Program.”
    as stated by the ICC in their membership requirements PDF.

    But I don’t think it means that they get regular payments like the associates do, instead they can receive funding for any efforts to grow the game in their country.

  9. Rich B
    July 4, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Reading an old interview, it seems Falklands were applying for Affiliate status mainly to see whether they could get an ICC coach to come over to help them periodically. That seems fair enough to me.

    That the Falkland Islands will never field a great team isn’t really an issue – it’s more about the ICC trying to promote cricket wherever people want to play it.

  10. July 5, 2007 at 9:23 am

    It’s a while since I’ve come here, but I see some people still are obsessed with wanting to combine teams. How many times do you have to be told that it can’t be done, no one wants it to be done, and it won’t be done?

  11. July 5, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Just discussing something that ICC has taken to a new level Andrew..by giving Affiliate membership to a country with 3000 people..

    ..but its good to see you’ve stopped obsessing with Eoin Morgan as well..

  12. July 6, 2007 at 1:44 am

    Two posts is obsessive? Whatever.

  13. July 6, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    does anyone know when bermuda are naming their new look national team?

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