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Opinion: ICC Trophy’s seeding……

Maybe I have mentioned this before, but the seeding of the ICC Trophy may end up resulting in lopsided pools once again due to the way in which the teams stood in WCQS Div 1 earlier this year. Lets see how the pools look would look like assuming that Uganda, UAE, Denmark and Namibia also qualify for ICC Trophy (in reverse order from Div 2)

Kenya
Netherlands
Ireland
UAE
Uganda
(one additional)

Soctland
Canada
Bermuda
Namibia
Denmark
(one additional)

One can see that the second group is easier Bermuda is likely to need only 1 upset vicotry over Namibia to take them through. But going by their current performance against Denmark, there may be a challenge from multiple sides.

So we blamed the ICC for not having a seeding system and hence having lopsided pools in ICC Trophy 2005. But when they put the system in place, it resulted in lopsided pools regardless 🙂

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  1. August 12, 2007 at 5:14 am

    I’d assume they’d use their current rankings for the seedings, leading to the following groups:

    Ireland
    Scotland
    Canada
    Namibia
    UAE
    (one additional)

    Kenya
    Netherlands
    Bermuda
    Denmark
    Uganda
    (one additional)

  2. Ram
    August 12, 2007 at 5:17 am

    It looks like you’ve pooled odd-seeded teams in one group and even-seeded teams in the other group…Does the ICC have on record that this is the grouping format they’ll adopt for the 2009 qualifiers?…

    Coming to the point, I don’t think the groups are as lopsided as they appear…Sco, Can and Nam aren’t much inferior to Ire, Neth or Ken, team for team…maybe the difference is in the teams from Div 2 like UAE who are much stronger than Bermuda…Also, we’re having this undesirable situation of Afghanistan and Nepal being left in the wilderness…It’s rather bemusing to realize that WCL Div 5 has more competitive teams than Div 3 or even Div 2…Once things get sorted out a few years down the line, I don’t think there would be much lopsidedness in the structure….

  3. August 12, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    I would be very surprised if they dont put the 6th (Bermuda) and 7th (Namibia) ranked teams in the same pool. Thats usually how seeding is done in such tournaments; you give the best qualifer a shot at the worst “already qualified”…..

    And Ram….. on your comment…. long shot but Afghanistan might still make it……

  4. Art
    August 13, 2007 at 12:50 am

    The only thing left in umpiring for me is to umpire a match in Afghanistan.

    I wish them all the best.

  5. Azam Khan
    August 13, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    I hope everyone is doing well. Yes Nasir Afghanistan is a strong candidate in the WCL Div V in Jersey next year, Nepal & the USA are the other strong teams ~(I think0. Ram I absolutely agree with you that many teams in Div V are much better than DIv III & even DIV II. Art Inshallah your umpiring dream would come true one day & you`ll be able to supervise a cricket match in Afghanistan. Just be in touch with us.

  6. Art
    August 14, 2007 at 1:02 am

    Azam I have emailed you through your association’s contact address on the Asia Cricketsite.

    If you don’t get it in a few days let me know and perhap Nasir will use his good offices to exchange our emails so we might correspond a little.

    Art

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