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Opinion: A little about everything…..

Its been very busy at work for me…… so a little out of touch with the happennings in the associate world….. let me just give my opinion in one thread, as I have missed the boat for opening up new threads for the ongoing series…..

Namibia is hitting Canada quite hard…… and incidentally, what kind of a Canada team is this? there are like 2 players from the world cup….

Bermuda v Kenya is going on as being quite predictable….. everyone seems to have resigned to the fact, including the Bermudans, that Bermuda is one pathetic cricket team at the ODI level with very little chance of improving barring some miraculous cricketers getting born in their island, and growing up quickly :)…. Anyway, they had their shot, qualified fair and square for the status, played their world cup….. I think, unless Bermuda starts beating someone, we should not discuss them anymore…..

Uganda…… great games against Bermuda…… 3 years ago, the Bermuda team beat Uganda by 100 runs…… these days Uganda won a game, and nearly won the first one as well….. I dont think this was a full Uganda team either….. at least the guy who helped Uganda beat Kenya in the 20 20 game was not playing……. neither was Isaneez I think, but Uganda seem to be having some decent youngsters filling the shoes…… none spactacular yet…..

Alex Obanda…… he has been making quite a few runs for Kenya recently, and is probably the true decent find that they have had in a while….

ICC should increase the number of teams in the Intercontinental cup to 10, and include Uganda and Nepal in this cup….. countries like these are going to benefit a lot more by playing in this tournament…… I dont think a 33 year old guy from desi expat Canadian making his debut is going to help Canada that much, neither is all the drubbing that Bermuda gets…..

With the way the current Bermuda team is playing, it would have benfitted Kenya more if they had played Uganda instead ….. ironically, the official ODIs are those that are played against the weaker team in this case 🙂

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  1. farhan
    October 27, 2007 at 5:52 am

    well , nasir i think one team to be watch for be denmark, i think they are playing really impressively, i think they are sure cut be new team to qualify for wc seeing from thier performances.they were in kenya but they did not play against kenya national team what a pitty, i think denmark would have beaten kenya national team too.I think denmark and namibia be froce in wc qualifier , i think these two teams can knock bemuda and canada. other team to be worry be kenya i suppose, i still think they are inconsistence and are depedent on odoyo and tikolo a lot.it be worth watching if obanda performs like this against ireland or scotts .Also be worth watching if he performs like this away from kenya.

  2. October 27, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    I think all of Uganda, Namibia, Denmark and UAE will give a good fight to Canada and Bermuda for their spots. Actually, the WCQS div 2 will clear up a lot of question about where some of the qoucntries stand in relation to each other……

  3. farhan
    October 28, 2007 at 11:04 am

    well nasir, in my view oman can be good team due to presence of some expats from pak and india. i think namibia . denmark, oman and UAE will go from div 2. well kenya performed really poorly against poor bermuda team.i think canada team was not too good team either. so i dont think kenya be safe in wc QULAIFIER.

  4. Ram
    October 28, 2007 at 11:55 am

    I think lack of professionalism in the Associate world is hurting the development process as much as any other factor…Team lineups change so frequently that it’s virtually becoming impossible to predict whether a team is improving or not based on the results…Are Uganda’s and Denmark’s recent results against Bermuda a truer reflection of the change in Bermuda’s lineup from the one that played in the World Cup or whether these two nations have indeed improved to be able to achieve such results irrespective of Bermuda’s lineup?!…Similarly, it would have been interesting to see what the Canadian team that played earlier this year in the WC could’ve managed against this Namibian side…So, it looks like the picture may not get much clearer with time if these Associates are going to keep changing their lineups so drastically with each series…

  5. farhan
    October 28, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    thats non professional cricket for you, i think denmark and namibia have great chance, they were very close to qualify for even last time wc.this time i think they will go through. UAE also should have good chance this time too.

  6. Rich B
    October 29, 2007 at 5:12 am

    For the first time in ages, Bermuda look like they’re on the way up. They’re still out of their depth playing ODIs and are unlikely to make the cut for World Cup qualification for 2011, but there was evidence of real improvement in Kenya. They bowled well, especially in the ODI series, and Trott particularly looks like a quality new find. That they are playing at about the same level as Uganda

    As for Kenya, their bowling keeps getting better, but they could do with finding one or two more Obandas and Mishras to make the top order more solid. The Obuyas and Ouma need a bit of competition for places and players like Tony Suji simply aren’t good enough at this level.

    Canada have no excuses against Namibia. Although they weren’t at full strength, they’re rebuilding after taking an aging team to the World Cup and sent a fairly good squad to Africa. Namibia have impressed recently, with a mixture of experience and exciting young prospects. With home advantage, they are definitely my favourites to win WCL 2 next month.

  7. October 30, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Accoerding to some newspaper repeorts there is a real risk Obanda might not be available for Kenya’s Intercontinental cup due to a bruised ankle he picked up in the 2nd Odi win over Bermuda and that’s a great loss considering the depth of specialist batsmen in the squad right now perhaps it would be a good idea for them to call up the likes of Ramesh Mepani who has been knocking on the door for ages or Malhar Patel whos been in and out of the the squad since 2004

  8. Tom Lewis
    October 31, 2007 at 2:25 am

    I doubt anyone new will be called up as the Kenyans only seem to be using the centrally contracted 16 or so players at the moment. Ramesh Mepani deserves a chance, but ken Migai, the brother of Thomas Odoyo did well against Denmark and maybe deserves a chance

  9. Edwin Mkenya
    October 31, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Mepani just scored a bunch of twenties against denmark, hasnt really proven anything in the international front, Migai well a 69 and 26 against denmark maybe he deserves but there are others in line.

  10. farhan
    November 1, 2007 at 2:34 am

    THERE is lot happeneing in cricket . AFGHANS are into semis of ACC twenty 20.great show by them ,but road for them towards worldcup is really really long, they are in div 5. they surely are better talented(as i think)than other associates nations, but i think different wicket conditions and some bad luck can come in thier way. i am still hopefull they will make it to wc as thats best can happen for cricket that nation like afghanistan are joining.

  11. Art
    November 1, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Afghanistan are into the finals after beating the UAE by 47 runs. They play Oman in the final.

  12. November 1, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    The difficulty for the Associates is that they now have the itineraries of professional cricket teams, without being professional cricketers.

    The players can’t afford any more time off work, so the teams they put out on the field between World Cups are severely weakened.

    Flood the schools with cricket equipment. Bolster the domestic competitions. If these smaller countries want to succeed on an international level, they need many more players. In the short term, some kind of financial package is needed to keep the top players playing the game, instead of serving pizza to earn their crust.

  13. Art
    November 2, 2007 at 4:54 am

    Afghanistan has posted 9/151, should be competitive.

  14. Art
    November 2, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    An UNBELIEVEABLE tie with a bowloff impossible due to the ground invasion.

    Wouls sure like to see that last ball on video.

  15. November 4, 2007 at 3:44 am

    I will be very interested to see how the associate countries develop over the next decade. There is so much talk about trying to break into the US market, however, I feel that the ICC should concentrate upon China and other Asian countries. Afghanistan is one that definitely should be supported.

  16. farhan
    November 4, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Kenya have easy win against below par bermuda. tough time will be ahead for kenya when they face tougher oppositions.

  17. Onyango
    November 4, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Kenya will roll over Ire,Sco etc. next year. Kenya has a TV deal with Nimbus, Kenya Breweries just signed a deal to sponsor the team. Players are centrally contracted. All they have to do is play cricket and not worry about holding a job.

  18. farhan
    November 5, 2007 at 4:32 am

    well i wish they will do so, but for that they need to put up some fight too. good news that they are getting some sponsers into thier cricket. they needed is now to have planned domestic leaugue to start. that will help a great deal for kenya.

  19. November 10, 2007 at 7:08 am

    i am from afghanistan i live in london i like cricket i love cricket
    afghanistan will play international becuase we have good player in afghanistan
    afghanista is champion of 20 twenty cup kiwait 2007

  20. November 13, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Well the seconf leg of Intercontinental cup fixtures are out and the vital Ireland Kenya match will be in Nairobi in August? while the Scotland and Netherlands matches are away.

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