Misc April 12, 2006

Wisden attacks ICC global ambitions

The publication of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack is always a source of interesting comment, and this year is no exception

The publication of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack is always a source of interesting comment, and this year is no exception. Matthew Engel, in his editor's notes, has attacked the ICC's ambitions to spread the top-level game across more countries.

"The ballooning of the World Cup derives from one fact alone: the delusion of expansion. From well-intentioned beginnings, this has now become an outright menace. The error is right up there at the start of the ICC's mission statement. It will lead, it says, 'by promoting the game as a global sport'. It should change its mission statement."

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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