November 13, 2006

Greece

Greece booted into the wilderness

Martin Williamson

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.

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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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?

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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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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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