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News: Afghanistan U19 beat Malaysia U19….

Malaysia U19 is quite strong…. they have only been beaten by Nepal in the finals of the ACC trophy in the last 5 years…… they have good infrastructure, good funding, good organization, good system, good facilities, and a good touring program. In that light, it was quite interesting to see Afghanistan U19 beat them, albiet by 4 wkts, in their recent match in the ACC Trophy U19 qualifiers. Afghanistan ofcourse, have unfortunately created a notorious reputation for fielding overage players, so hopefully they didnt do it this time, and the ACC had enough checks in the system to avoid what happened once before.

See, to me it does not make sense that we do not have a global league for the qualification of the U19 teams. PNG and Bermuda should, in my opinion, not have gotten entry into the world cup just because they belong to different regions. It is better for everyone involved if the 6 best teams represent the associates, rather than 6 from the regions. We could have had a 10 team global league to select the final 6 for the World Cup (or final 5 now that the host has automatic entry). In my opinion, Uganda, Namibia, Bermuda, PNG, Afghanistan, Nepal, Malaysia, Ireland, Scotland…. and one other country (either Canada or Kenya) should have battled to find out the best 6 to go through….. that tournament would have also helped in understanding the U19 stature of the associates a lot better than the regional set up right now……

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  1. August 21, 2007 at 5:27 am

    Nasir, I agree with you on the global qualifying tournament. It would be far more beneficial than the current regional system. Regards the make up of the teams however I would suggest 12 teams better than 10 – the 8 IC countiries, plus 4 other qualifiers.

    I also think you underestimate Kenya. I will be unpleasantly surprised if they again fail to qualify through the Africa tournament (I hope that comment does not return to bite me on the bum).

  2. August 21, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    I think Uganda and Namibia will be stronger than Kenya u19s…….
    But I am not underestimating them…… In my list, I did mention Kenya u19 as well……

  3. Art
    August 22, 2007 at 1:07 am

    This one I have to think about for a while. I believe regions are the way to go given the strange ratings that one sees across many sports including cricket but I would like to rest on it for a while.

  4. August 22, 2007 at 1:17 am

    Well, I am not saying that the regional tournaments should not be there….. I am saying that after the regional tournaments, there should be a global league. It doesnt sound right that Uganda or Namibia may be sitting out of the World Cup, while PNG are coming through to play Pakistan, India and Australia……..

    And Nick….. I said 10 teams so that they can have a league…….. 12 would mean they will have to pool them up, and I dont like that kind of a format for qualifying tournaments……

  5. Ram
    August 22, 2007 at 2:36 am

    I think the top 10 U19 teams below the Test level would be something along these lines: Nepal (Asia), Ireland (Eur), Afg (Asia), Namibia (Afr), Ugan (Afr), Sco (Eur), Neth (Eur), Malaysia (Asia), USA (Amer) and Ken (Afr) with UAE/Ber/Can/PNG not far behind Ken or USA…Having said this, there isn’t much between Nam and Ken in this list…Why I’ve Afg above these teams is because I believe they may actually be good enough to seriously test some Test teams at this level which the other teams don’t seem capable of yet…

    In this hierarchy, there are maybe 2 or 3 teams capable of matching the Test U19 teams consistently which means 16 teams is the right number…Also, it’s obvious that Amer and EAP regions don’t have as much competition as the other 3 regions…maybe the easiest way to tackle this situation would be to have a global league of all qualifiers of 2004, 2006 and 2008 WCs (previous 4 year period as in senior WC) with say the top 6 finishers getting entry into an U19 WC qualifiers tournament…The bottom 4 along with the teams that would be left behind, namely Afg, Neth, Ken and UAE can play another league between themselves from where the top 4 will join the other 6 in the qualifiers…Regional qualifiers will sit below these leagues…Also, it’s time the Test U19 teams play in these regional qualifiers so that there’s a better understanding of World cricket at this level…

  6. Tom Lewis
    August 24, 2007 at 5:40 am

    Its unfortunate that two of Kenya, Namibia and Uganda will have to sit out the Under world cup.. Both Uganda and Namibia have brought through at least 4 or 5 players from the last Under 19 world cup into their senior team, and in Namibia’s case a senior team that performed admirably in South Africa domestic competition. The Namibians have to be favourites, with a number of players from the last world cup and some very quick pace bowlers in their squads. However Kenya also look to have a strong squad with Alex Obanda, and Elijah Otieno included. The Ugandans always seem to produce strong youth teams with so many youngsters playing the game, it will be a very interesting contest that will ultimatly leave many people disappointed

  7. chemosit
    August 25, 2007 at 7:27 am

    Well, we shall soon see which of the African U19 teams is the best.
    Hopefully Kenya will prove their critics wrong and win this. God knows we need some positive results after the last couple of weeks!

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