May 24, 2007

World Cricket League

The road to 2011 starts here

Martin Williamson

Eight of cricket’s emerging nations will be hoping to take one step towards qualification for the 2011 World Cup when the World Cricket League Division 3 gets underway this Sunday (May 27) in Darwin.

The top two teams from this event will join UAE, Namibia, Denmark and Oman in Windhoek, Namibia at the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 November. The top four teams from the event in Namibia will automatically qualify for the ICC World Cup Qualifier in the UAE in 2009, while the two remaining teams will have a second chance to qualify for the UAE tournament at the World Cricket League Division 3 in early 2009.

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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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Posted by Ralph on (May 27, 2007, 11:28 GMT)

I may be a severe critic of the ICC, but this is one area where they have got it right - there needs to be a structure that gives non-Test playing nations regular match-practice against teams of a similar ability, and the opportunity to make a step up in class when they've proved they're good enough. I think that the divisional structure of the World Cricket League goes a long way to achieving this, though it's important that the ICC also works hard to ensure that matches are played outside the big tournaments.

As for the teams, I hope that Uganda and Tanzania do well - for the long term health of the game in Africa, another nation or two has to emerge, I think. Politically and economically, both Uganda and Tanzania are stable, and there's been encouraging signs of an interest in cricket there.

Posted by Prashant on (May 26, 2007, 23:57 GMT)

I am an India living in Argentina, and i would like to wish the Argentinian team all the best for the tournament and hope they win!!!!

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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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