Greece booted into the wilderness
The ICC has slapped Greece with a hefty punishment following breaches of rules and improper conduct during the ICC Europe World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 Championships in Scotland in August 2006
Greece fielded two ineligible players in all three preliminary round matches and, in line with the ICC Player Eligibility rules, the event organisers stripped Greece of all their points which saw them fall from top to bottom of their group of four teams in the eight-team event, and suspended the players concerned for the rest of the tournament.
Greece then refused to play theirseventh/eighth place play-off in the tournament, the loser of which would be relegated to Division 3.
The ICC board examined the issue and resolved to suspend all funding support from the ICC Europe Regional Development Program for a period of 12 months. Greece Cricket could be welcomed to fund its own way into any regional activity, if desired. Greece were also relegated to Division 4.
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa