November 27, 2005

Canada

Blindly following the ICC?

Martin Williamson

Grim news at the AGM of the Canadian Cricket Association where only two members of the public turned out to watch.

What was revealed is the disconcerting impression that the Canadian Cricket Association is being directed by the ICC and it's policies, which appear to be driven by avarice and not the love of the game. (Note that the ICC has hidden away its headquarters in a 'tax haven', or should that be a tax heaven.) ... blindly following the path directed by the ICC will not necessarily mean that the average Canadian club cricketer will benefit. Without a perceived benefit, will the grass roots be interested and supportive?

Given Canada's disappointing exit from this year's Intercontinental Cup, it has been a poor few months for them.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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