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After the Hiatus….

This was the longest break I took from this blog. It was just a lot of work commitments happenning at the same time in the last 3 months. Anyway, I am back now, but quite out of touch with what has happenned in the world of non test cricket. Will probably need to catch up a little, or perhaps, others can bring me up to speed 🙂

Categories: Cricket Development
  1. Rich B
    May 19, 2008 at 3:13 am

    All eyes on World Cricket League Div 5 – cricketeurope.net has a nice site which will have video highlights, etc.

    Nice to have you back.

  2. Efaz
    May 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Nice to have you back Nasir Bhai.

    So far, in warm up matches, Nepal has beaten Bahamas by 201 runs. Guernsey has also beaten Bahamas by 158 runs.



    There is still no news on today’s match between Nepal and Guernsey. Guernsey has recently beaten Jersey 2-0 in a series, so I expect to the team to fight well against Nepal.

  3. May 23, 2008 at 12:51 am

    This should be an interesting tournament……. couldnt follow up on the pre tournament games, but just from reputation, USA, Nepal, Singapore and Afghanistan look to be the semi finalists…… Afghanistan most likely will go through, I think they have beaten Nepal and also Singpore in the asian editions in the past.

  4. samit
    May 25, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    nasir what u have to say about left arm seamer mehboob alam’s ten wicket haul against mozambique in wcl div 5.only two batsmen were able to scorethe runs as still mozambique were bowled for just 19 runs in 14.5 overs in reply to nepal’s 238 courtsey: http://www.cricketeurope.com

  5. Nishadh Rego
    May 26, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Jersey, Nepal, and the USA look like the three strongest teams in the tournament so far…afghanistan’s bowling is up there..but their batting needs to click if they are going to be successful..

  6. May 27, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Samit……. Nepal were expected to do this……. maybe not as bad a decimation, but they were expected to rout mozambique.

    If you are not used to it, a left arm seam action can be trickier than a conventional right hand one……. alam probably found his sweet spot……..

  7. Efaz
    May 27, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Over hyped Afghanis are getting their rears whipped by Singapore.

    Singapore 145 all out (29.3 overs)
    Afghanistan 71-6 (17.1 overs)

  8. Efaz
    May 27, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Seventh wicket gone. Time for Taj Malik to throw himself in the Atlantic ?

    Singapore 145 all out (29.3 overs)
    Afghanistan 76-7 (19.0 overs)

  9. Ram
    May 27, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I think two things stand out from this tournament so far…First, Afghanistan’s batting has been pretty ordinary throughout and now are gone against Singapore, meaning they’ll have to necessarily win against Jersey tomorrow to stand a chance for qualifying to the semis….Second, home advantage is always a huge factor at this level and that’s proven to be the case here…Jersey have so far looked as good as any other team and I definitely think Afghanistan are now up against it…I would imagine the Japan vs. Singapore game would be replayed after the league stage is completed, and that should give Singapore a great opportunity to make it to the semis…

  10. Efaz
    May 27, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Singapore 145 all out (29.3 overs)
    Afghanistan 76 all out (20.2 overs)

    Afghanistan is a good team, but looks like their arrogance is hurting them. Having a big mouth like Taj Malik as the coach is not helping them either.

  11. Efaz
    May 27, 2008 at 11:25 am

    From match commentary –

    Chris Janik was the main beneficiary with five for 9 from 20 balls, and he wins the Man of the Match award.

    The tumbling wickets kept driving the intermediate target upwards with rain threatening, but in the end it was a question of self-destruction by the batsmen.

    The greater experience of the Singaporeans was evident as they bowled steadily and held a series of steepling catches as the Afghan batsmen hit out desperately.

    And Singapore have pulled off a remarkable victory as the Afghan batting imploded under the stress of chasing 136 off 30 overs.


  12. Efaz
    May 27, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Landmark decision for UAE cricket


    “In an attempt to promote the game to UAE nationals, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have ordered that at least four of the country’s 15-man squad who will travel to Pakistan next month to take on the Test playing nations Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup should be Emiratis.”

    “…. the ECB have now introduced a quota system which states that at least four of the squad should be Emiratis, and that no fewer than two of them should be in the first XI.

    Mohammed Tauqir, the veteran Emirati off-spinner, has been named as the understudy to the captain Saqib Ali, while Fahad al Hashmi, Alawi Shukri and Salman Farooq have also made the tour party.”

    Finally someone has realized that a team full of expatriates won’t take the development of a sport far.

  13. Chris
    May 29, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    It may be a landmark decision by the Emirates Cricket Board, but it is only logical. Emiratis account for around 20% of the population of the UAE and the numbers given there seem to be an attempt by the Emirati board to get the team to at least reflect that fact:

    4 out of 15 = 26.67%

    2 out of 11 = 18.18%

  14. Hewer
    June 2, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Who cares if Taj Malik has a big mouth? He’s a character and he produced the only decent sound bytes in the tournament.

    Interviewer: Are there any worries about your batting? You lost five wickets chasing 46 runs.
    Malik: Yes, well we wanted to reach the total in two or three overs. Net run rate, you know.
    (They did it in 6.3 overs)
    Interviewer: How do you think Nepal would be looking at Afghanistan going into this semi-final?
    Malik: Yes, they’d be scared.

    Too much political correctness and sportsmanship nowadays.

  15. samit
    June 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    at last afghanistan and jersey took the spot in div 4 but i think the pitch in jersey is not good enough as standard format. If u look to score in this tournament, even the final was a such a low scoring.

  16. dr gulkhan
    June 3, 2008 at 2:21 am

    i agree, pitches were not good enough for decent cricket

  17. Fumbaloney, Melbourne Australia
    July 12, 2008 at 1:49 am


    This blog seems to have lsot its momentum.

    So much is happening in the associate world.

  18. Ash
    July 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Seriously Nasir!
    I agree with Fumbaloney!
    There was that $315 million pump into global development as well!

  19. August 11, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Looks like I should be having another posting by the name of “Back to the Hiatus” !!

  20. Chris
    October 10, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Well Nasir it’s a shame your so busy. A lot has been happening.

    Champions Trophy postponement

    Stanford 20/20 for 20

    a T20 tournament in Canada

    Mugabe and Tsvangirai share power in Zimbabwe but the British government remains opposed to Zimbabwe still (Zimbabwe is becoming to Britain like Cuba is to the US, all rationality is thrown out the window)

    Jersey move up from Div 5 and then move back to Div 5

    USA and Nepal fail to move out of Div 5 but unlike the rest will not be relegated to lower future divisions

    The World Cricket League will become more (needlessly in my opinion) convoluted with the addition of Div 6 and Div 7 in the future

    Afghanistan and Hong Kong move on to Div 3

    Bermuda’s troubles continue

    Kenya’s been having troubles performance-wise

    The intercontinental cup is heating up

    wow. Too bad you can’t do short posts on a weekend.

  21. Efaz
    July 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Nasir Bhai, I hope you will revive your blog sometime soon.

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