November 24, 2008

ICC Americas

No ODI status for Bermuda v Canada clash

Martin Williamson

Although matches between any of the six leading Associates are officially classified as full ODIs and included in career and team records, the ICC has ruled that the game between Bermuda and Canada during the ICC Americas Division 1 event in Florida starting on November 24 will not be counted as such.

The reason for the decision is that the venue has not been approved by the ICC to stage full ODIs, although it is hoped that an inspection in the near future could enable it to become the USA's first accredited international ground.

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Posted by omar on (December 8, 2008, 22:29 GMT)

USA have grounds. I think if ICC has some funds for Associates and development in Americas they will not hesitate playing any games here but they have to come here and Inspect again. But I Guess ICC does not have any Attention towards USA. After suspension USA was sent to Division 5 and bad luck for them they lost 1 Semi in Jersey. they have to wait years Now they Won Division 1 in Florida and they still wait for years to get back to ICC Games. I am Just a Normal player and was just speaking my mind. but I think ICC should help them promote cricket in people raised in USA and love Cricket.

Posted by OLDTIMER on (November 25, 2008, 10:32 GMT)

I thought that at least three grounds in North America-- Stanley Park in Vancouver BC, the grounds in Ontario where the IND V PAK Sahara Cup series was played ten years ago, and Woodley Park where the IND A v AUS A matches were staged about the same time, had already been approved by ICC for international ODIS judging by those already established track records? Sure, it would be nice to have other grounds available as well (although I am sceptical about Bermuda, judging by what I read in Cricinfo about administrative mismanagement of their domestic tournament as well as their ICC-sanctoned events). No need to re-nvent the wheel-- let's just go ahead and play some good cricket!

Posted by Simon Butler on (November 24, 2008, 22:47 GMT)

It will be good for the USA to have a ground of their own in which they can stage full ODIs. As for the match itself, i am honestly not too sure if it deserves the ODI status on merit alone given the pour showings of both teams over the last two years. However their development is vital for the region, and i wish both Bermuda and Canada the best of luck in the tournament.

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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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