March 23, 2008

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India's performances will spur Asian nations

Martin Williamson

Not have the ICC cut the number of Associates at the next World Cup from six to four at the behest of the hosts, but the Asian Cricket Council hopes that two of those slots will be taken by Asian counties.

"India beating Australia is very good for cricket in Asia and will encourage nations like Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, China and Afghanistan," Ashraful Huq, a former secretary of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, told AFP. "I watched both the finals in Australia and was amazed how the young Indian team paid the Australians back, both on and off the field."

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Posted by Roger Burrows, Canada on (April 1, 2008, 5:54 GMT)

I would hope that the ICC would see further than the pots of money available on the Indian sub-continent and get back to their appointed task of promoting the game worldwide. It'll be a sad day for cricket if 20-20 and highly-paid Indian league games replace 50-over and 4/5-day test matches. Is the world's attention span now reduced to one televised timeslot?

Posted by fromefrog on (March 24, 2008, 14:06 GMT)

Fancy UAE (home advantage) Kenya, Scotland and Ireland to qualify. That's by the by though. What this article demonstrates is the curious mindset of the powers that be in cricket at the moment. It makes me wonder that if the WCQ had say 8or9 Asian Nations if the CWC2011OC would have been as keen to cut the numbers.

Posted by Chris S on (March 23, 2008, 21:35 GMT)

This is funny. So the four hosts nations reduce the number of associate spots, but hope India's performance will spur two Asian associates or affiliates to qualify? As it stand now there only two Asian countries out of the ten current qualifiers teams and most likely they will be the only two Asian countries among the 12 eventual Qualifier teams. Having two Asian countries qualify is not going to be easy (the chances are slim). The best chance for two Asian countries to qualify is if Afghanistan and Nepal both make it to top of Division 5 and then Division 4 and then Division 3 to make it to the World Cup Qualifiers (beating 18 teams along the way). If that happens then there would four Asian teams out of 12 Qualifiers. I rather expect though that Kenya, Ireland, the Netherlands, Namibia, Canada and Scotland are the best bets for the four spots left.

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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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