February 23, 2006

World Cup

More ODIs for Associates

Martin Williamson

The ICC announced a dramatic increase in the programme of one-day internationals for the six Associate Member countries that will participate in the 2007 World Cup.

The six sides - Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland - are expected to play at least 64 ODI matches before the World Cup begins in March 2007, including scheduled matches against Full Member countries.

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Posted by Chemosit on (February 24, 2006, 23:38 GMT)

An interesting article, but it does raise a couple of questions. Who will Kenya play at home this year - there is no mention yet of a home series against a Full member? In regards to Full member countries and 'burnout' this comes across as a cop-out. On one hand we have people like Ponting saying that they don't want to play because of the lower standards, then that the players are getting tirede. Simple solution: Use the series to blood some new talent.

Posted by Peter Blundell on (February 23, 2006, 12:28 GMT)

Well done ICC (I dont say that all that often) It could have happened earlier but the development side of the ICC is generally on the right track. Keep it up

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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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