Greece November 13, 2006

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

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

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  • George Prosoparis on November 23, 2006, 18:28 GMT

    Greece was punished for using two Greek Australian players that simply did had not played in Greece long enough. This is a far cry better than most of the other clubs Greece played against who did not have a 100% national team as Greece did but had an almost exclusive lineup of Pakistanis, Indias and Sri Lankans. I'll let you figure out if the harsh punishment was fair or not.

  • Zaman on November 15, 2006, 11:27 GMT

    Sorry, cricket cannot afford to lose any country, the fraternity being so small. Greeks should be punished but in a positive way.

  • Michael on November 15, 2006, 2:39 GMT

    With the prospect of their funding being cut, the question begs how much will a Grecian earn?

  • Gihan on November 14, 2006, 21:54 GMT

    Its a shame for cricket lovers to see such a nice country with potential do so bad at international level. I wish they remember that cricket is a "gentlemens' game".

    I sincerely hope that in the future they will give us a better show.

  • Alexis on November 14, 2006, 14:35 GMT

    Being a passionate cricket fan, and a Greek one at that - I care. That's not to say that I am a passionate fan of Greek cricket. I didn't even know we had a team! Come on England!

  • shadab on November 14, 2006, 14:03 GMT

    The bad news is.. Greece has some trouble on it's hands. The good news is..... who cares ...

  • George Prosoparis on November 23, 2006, 18:28 GMT

    Greece was punished for using two Greek Australian players that simply did had not played in Greece long enough. This is a far cry better than most of the other clubs Greece played against who did not have a 100% national team as Greece did but had an almost exclusive lineup of Pakistanis, Indias and Sri Lankans. I'll let you figure out if the harsh punishment was fair or not.

  • Zaman on November 15, 2006, 11:27 GMT

    Sorry, cricket cannot afford to lose any country, the fraternity being so small. Greeks should be punished but in a positive way.

  • Michael on November 15, 2006, 2:39 GMT

    With the prospect of their funding being cut, the question begs how much will a Grecian earn?

  • Gihan on November 14, 2006, 21:54 GMT

    Its a shame for cricket lovers to see such a nice country with potential do so bad at international level. I wish they remember that cricket is a "gentlemens' game".

    I sincerely hope that in the future they will give us a better show.

  • Alexis on November 14, 2006, 14:35 GMT

    Being a passionate cricket fan, and a Greek one at that - I care. That's not to say that I am a passionate fan of Greek cricket. I didn't even know we had a team! Come on England!

  • shadab on November 14, 2006, 14:03 GMT

    The bad news is.. Greece has some trouble on it's hands. The good news is..... who cares ...

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  • shadab on November 14, 2006, 14:03 GMT

    The bad news is.. Greece has some trouble on it's hands. The good news is..... who cares ...

  • Alexis on November 14, 2006, 14:35 GMT

    Being a passionate cricket fan, and a Greek one at that - I care. That's not to say that I am a passionate fan of Greek cricket. I didn't even know we had a team! Come on England!

  • Gihan on November 14, 2006, 21:54 GMT

    Its a shame for cricket lovers to see such a nice country with potential do so bad at international level. I wish they remember that cricket is a "gentlemens' game".

    I sincerely hope that in the future they will give us a better show.

  • Michael on November 15, 2006, 2:39 GMT

    With the prospect of their funding being cut, the question begs how much will a Grecian earn?

  • Zaman on November 15, 2006, 11:27 GMT

    Sorry, cricket cannot afford to lose any country, the fraternity being so small. Greeks should be punished but in a positive way.

  • George Prosoparis on November 23, 2006, 18:28 GMT

    Greece was punished for using two Greek Australian players that simply did had not played in Greece long enough. This is a far cry better than most of the other clubs Greece played against who did not have a 100% national team as Greece did but had an almost exclusive lineup of Pakistanis, Indias and Sri Lankans. I'll let you figure out if the harsh punishment was fair or not.