April 17, 2007

ICC Intercontinental Cup

Grace Road to host Intercontinental Cup final

Martin Williamson

The ICC has announced that the final of the Intercontinental Cup between Canada and Ireland will be held at Grace Road, Leicester between May 22 and 25.

The County Ground at Chelmsford had originally been earmarked to stage the game, but negotiations between Essex and the ICC broke down earlier in the month.

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Posted by Brian Lord on (May 4, 2007, 1:09 GMT)

Go Canada!!! :) This'll be a rematch of the world cup warm-up match. Hopefully with a different result. If we beat the country that beat Pakistan...hmmmm....

Posted by Steven Davies-Morris on (April 22, 2007, 20:27 GMT)

I'd like to see the ICC do some marketing around this event. Ireland were the surprise package (very competitive) of CWC2007, and Canada didn't embarrass themselves even though they lost all 3 group games. The 4 day ICC Intercontinental Cup promises to be (once again) an exciting competitive match.

If the planned Windies May-June tour to England is about to implode (because of fighting between the WICB and the WIPA) perhaps something can be hung around this ICC 4 day fixture. I'm thinking about a round-robin involving Canada, Ireland, Scotland and England "A". With some full ODIs at the end to replace the 20/20 and ODIs for Windies and England.

All of this what-if presumes for now that the up in the air tour (scheduled to start vs Somerset in 3 weeks) blows away on the wind. I for one wouldn't mind seeing the ICC (and the ECB) cashing in on "Ireland fever".

Come to think of it, it also wouldn't hurt for the ECB to be seen to be offering a helping hand to the Irish and Scots cricket unions as they struggle to find a way to get over the hump from being just another associate to teams that can routinely take on the big boys and provide a serious fight.

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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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