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News: ICC releases schedules for HPP associates

The following is the ODI schedule:

20 March: Ireland v Bangladesh (ODI)
22 March: Ireland v Bangladesh (ODI)
24 March: Ireland v Bangladesh (ODI) 
28 June: Canada v Bermuda, Canada (ODI)
29 June: Canada v Bermuda, Canada (ODI)
1 July: Canada v Bermuda, Canada (ODI)
1 July: Scotland v New Zealand, Scotland (ODI)
2 July: Scotland v Ireland, Scotland (ODI)
3 July: Ireland v New Zealand, Scotland 
28 July: Ireland v Netherlands, Dublin (ODI)
29 July: Scotland v Netherlands, Dublin (ODI)
31 July: Ireland v Scotland, Dublin (ODI)
11 August: Ireland v Canada, Ireland (ODI)
12 August: Scotland v Kenya, Scotland (ODI)
13 August: Scotland v Kenya, Scotland (ODI)
18 August: Scotland v England, Scotland (ODI)
21 August: Netherlands v Kenya, Amsterdam (ODI)
24 August: Ireland v Kenya, Belfast (ODI)
25 August: Ireland v Kenya, Belfast (ODI)
27 August: Ireland v Kenya, Belfast (ODI)
18 October: Kenya v Ireland, Kenya (ODI)
19 October: Kenya v Ireland, Kenya (ODI)
21 October: Kenya v Ireland, Kenya (ODI)
23 October: Kenya v Ireland, Kenya (ODI)
25 October: Kenya v Ireland, Kenya (ODI)

The six ODI associates will be playing the following number of matches in the whole year. The Ireland number is most likely to go up by 3 when they finalize their Bangladesh tour in March; maybe a little more if they can get a game against SA as well. But the rest leaves a lot to be desired. Canada, Bermuda, Netherlands dont even play Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Kenya doesnt play Zimbabwe. And in fact, Netherlands plays no games against test opposition. At the same time, while the ICC was supposed to give 2 games against test opposition to the top 2 associates, only Scotland plays England and NZ, but Kenya does not.  

Maybe the ICC is telling the HPP associates to organize the tours themselves on top of these.

Ireland  15
Kenya   11
Scotland 7
Canada  4
Bermuda  3
Netherlands 3

Categories: Cricket Development
  1. December 13, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    From what I understand, this is not the final schedule, and some negotiations are still ongoing. The associates get at least three Twenty20 Internationals each too.

  2. Rich B
    December 14, 2007 at 4:41 am

    A nice, busy schedule for the Associates. I would imagine Kenya will organise a few things on top of these, at least against Zimbabwe but maybe one or two others as well. As for Netherlands, they don’t have much on but to be honest they don’t have the funds to do much more than they are.

    Ireland’s matches reflect their growing reputation, but with that packed schedule it concerns me that they’re not able to offer contracts to their players. Hopefully they can get a substantial team sponsor and at least contract their core players who aren’t in county cricket.

    Scotland were supposed to have 3 ODIs in Kenya in March – does anyone know whether they’ve been cancelled or not?

  3. December 14, 2007 at 5:26 am

    Kenya needs to play Zim and also Bangladesh….

    I dont know what they are waiting for in terms of trying to schedule something…..

  4. December 15, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    True,Kenya neesd more matches against teams on the main ODI championship otherwise six matches as is the case all against Bangladesh in 2006 is hardly foundation fro an accurate rating against teams like Zimbabwe who have far more opportunity to pick up ratings points against other teams on the ratings.

  5. December 18, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Kenya has 2 ODIs v SA lined up in May and is in the process of organising to host Zim in Feb and then a Quadrangular with Zim, Bang and Ire in October. Pak A is also likely to visit at the end of August.


  6. December 18, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    This is really good….. I especially like the Quadrangular pitching Bang and Zim with Ken and Ireland. I thought sometime back that ICC can probably make something like that into an annual competition. But my thoughts were on pitching pitching the bottom 3 test teams (which would have included WI) and the top 3 associates (which would have included Sco).

  7. nicholas P (italian cricketer)
    December 22, 2007 at 4:41 am

    the more Kenya can organise matches against test playing nations the better.
    I’d also like to know if Kenya are the only Non-test playing team to be give 20-20 international status

  8. Rodrigo
    December 31, 2007 at 10:04 am

    What about Uganda, Denmark, Namibia and Argentina? (the other four High Performance Programme associates). Or did you mean the former ODI members only?

  9. Bensti
    January 1, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Actually what have the four new High Performance countries been given in terms of training, matches and funding. I haven’t read anything about this anywhere. It’s as though the status was given and then forgotten.

  10. Chris
    January 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Hmmm…going over all the posts it now seems that the number of ODI for the HPP associates are:

    Kenya………. at least 20 (+ 1 match against Pak A)

    (And Kenya, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda and the Netherlands should have 3 T20s each).

    I’ve checked out the Namibia Cricket Board site and they have fixtures from late 2007 until late April 2008. On the fixtures PDF they have the following matches pencilled in:

    13 January: Namibia v. Zimbabwe, Namibia (?) (ODI?)
    19 January: Kenya v. Namibia, UAE (ODI?)
    20 January: UAE v. Namibia, UAE (1 day match)
    29 March: Namibia v. Scotland, Namibia (ODI?)
    12 April: Namibia v. Netherlands, Namibia (ODI?)

    If the Namibia matches are considered ODI matches then the new schedule would be:

    Kenya………. at least 21 (+ 1 match against Pak A)
    Namibia……..5 (4 against other HPP associates and Zimbabwe)

  11. January 2, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Chris – only matches played by the top six associates can be considered official ODIs, so Namibia’s games won’t be.

  12. Chris
    January 2, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Okay, in which case the second listing can be ignored unless one considers it to be simply the number of single day matches (non-ODI….aren’t those called “List A”?) that the HPP associates have. Although its telling that Namibia has a better schedule than the Netherlands against ODI countries (playing Zimbabwe, Kenya, Scotland and the Netherlands) even though the Netherlands’ have ODI status (the Dutch don’t even play Zimbabwe but do play Kenya, Ireland and Scotland).

    Even so on the first list Kenya (at least 20), Ireland (18) and Scotland (10) are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest in terms of scheduling. Scotland alone has 2-3 times as many matches as Canada (4), Bermuda (3) or the Netherlands (3). Kenya and Ireland have roughly 4-6 times as many matches as Canada, Bermuda and the Netherlands. I wouldn’t be surprised if the last three fall off form by the end of the year and go into the 2009 WC Qualifier with even less of a chance of making the 2010 World Cup. Certainly it seems that would be the situation for Bermuda….the Netherlands might be able to pull through and so might Canada, but I would expect that Kenya, Ireland and Scotland would far greater chances of making it to 2010 than any other Associate or Affiliate team out there. Perhaps Namibia, the UAE and even Oman might replace the latter three (Canada, Bermuda, Netherlands).

    By the way Andrew, I’ve been wondering how come associate and affiliate rankings always seem to be for the one day versions of the game (List A versions) and never first class matches (unless those are being lumped in). Associates (and affiliates I think) can play first class matches in the Intercontinental Cup so why not have Associate and Affiliate first-class rankings and Associate and Affiliate single day rankings? By the way, do any associates or affiliates play 3-day matches (non-first class) outside of the Intercontinental Cup? If so then the first-class rankings would be a 3-day rankings. It seemed to me that the 3-day performance of a team would be a better indicator for the ICC to use when trying to determining which teams might be good candidates for test status (of course it would only be a proper indicator if all the Test teams would play non-test first-class or 3-day matches with the highly ranked associates and affiliates….imagine if Ireland hadn’t just beaten Pakistan in an ODI but in a non-Test first class match..it would surely look like it was on its way to Test and ODI status).

  13. January 2, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Certainly my rankings include all matches, though the ICCs don’t. Not sure about others. Malaysia and Singapore meet in an annual three-day match, but that’s pretty much it for regular multi-day cricket outside of the Intercontinental Cup.

  14. Chris
    January 2, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    So how about a multi-day ranking and a single-day ranking (and probably a twenty20 ranking)? That at least should show which teams are strongest in all forms of the game (and it might get people to stop complaining about unfair rankings). Including all the forms of matches into the ranking system (as is done now) would give an overall cricket ranking which is still extremely useful for gauging teams relative to each other in terms of overall cricketing strength and development (as teams that play regular multi-day matches would seem to be ahead of those that only play single-day matches or just twenty20 matches).

    Looking at the wikipedia entry on the intercontinental cup, I see that 8 teams have been in every cup (4 years) and 6 teams have been in 1 or 2 cups. Looking at the win percentages for those 8 teams that participated in every intercontinental cup the performances (win %) were:


    This wouldn’t be the multi-day rankings (since any ranking system would apply less weight to earlier matches and only include matches for a 3 year period instead of a 4 year period and would have to include drawn matches into the formula), but the overall performance of these teams over the past 4 years contrasts noticeably with their current rankings – Namibia being 7th in the BTB rankings and the CE rankings but having the second best win% in multi-day cricket and Kenya being ranked first at BTB and CE and being ranked below Ireland by the ICC on the main ODI table but having the third best performance in multi-day cricket alongside Scotland.

  15. Rich B
    January 3, 2008 at 4:46 am

    About Chris’s earlier comment about ODI schedules, my point is that it’s less that more matches for Scotland, Ireland and Kenya will put them streaks ahead of the other 3 by 2009 (although it will definitely help) but the fact that they’re stronger already is the reason why they’ve been given more matches in the first place.

    Lots more matches won’t help Bermuda, Netherlands can’t really afford any more and some of Canada’s starting XIs already look a bit like ‘Canada A’ without making them even busier.

    I think ICC have got this about right.

  16. Chris
    January 3, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    I agree, more matches won’t seem to help Bermuda – they need to reorganize at home and start fixing their problems. Canada is looking wobbly, but it’s a shame about the Netherlands’ number of matches. The Dutch can’t afford any more but more matches would help them and unlike Bermuda and Canada the Dutch don’t seem like they are on the verge of declining (they could do better, but they are no Bermuda).

  17. Chris
    January 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    BTW, read about the Asia Cup on Wikipedia and it seems that the ICC has ruled all matches at the Asia Cup as official ODIs. If that is the case, then in 2008 the UAE and Oman will play at least a couple of ODIs each.

  18. January 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Oman won’t. The UAE and Hong Kong are taking part in the next Asia Cup.

  19. Chris
    January 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I guess the Wikipedia article is wrong then. It had the UAE and Hong Kong taking part in the 2004 Asia Cup and the UAE and Oman scheduled to take part in the 2008 Asia Cup.

  20. January 4, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    The UAE and Oman were scheduled to take part in the 2006 Asia Cup tournament. When that was postponed to 2008, it was decided that the finalists of the 2006 ACC Trophy would play in it. So Oman got screwed the same way Nepal did.

  21. January 17, 2008 at 5:31 am

    I have updated the posting with the 3 Ireland v Bangladesh ODIs. Now the Irish ODIs have gone up to 15……

  22. Efaz
    January 20, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Bangladesh Academy is playing three one day matches against Hong Kong (in Hong Kong) on 23rd, 25th, and 26th of this month.


  23. Rodrigo
    January 29, 2008 at 8:04 am

    The MCC will tour Argentina in February, and play three one day games (50 overs) against the national side.
    They’ll also play us in a two day game, although to be honest it should be at least a three day game, I mean we do play those over here. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t get in the way.

    It’s still great to see the MCC tour us again, and one of the games will be held here in Belgrano so I’ll definitely go to it.

    Chile and Brazil will also tour Argentina in February, as preparation for their Americas Division 3 Championship, which will be held in Buenos Aires (even though we won’t play in it). They’ll play each other in a 40 overs per side game, as well as playing Argentina. Brazil will get mauled in both games in my opinion.

    Furthermore, the Argie Cricket Association mentioned in one of its articles that the WCL Division Three 2009 may be held in Buenos Aires, which would definitely be a boost to our chances of qualifying to the ICC Trophy.

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