November 24, 2008

ICC Americas

USA declines visas for half Suriname squad

Martin Williamson

Suriname's squad for their debut at the ICC Americas Division 1 tournament has been severely weakened after US officials refused to grant entry visas for a significant number of its players.

A source has advised CricInfo that as many as 50% of the original squad has had to be replaced. It's not known whether captain and allrounder Troy Dudnauth is one of the players denied entry.

Suriname's participation had created interest ever since they surprisingly defeated Bahamas by 146 runs on the last day of Americas Division 2 tournament in Paramaribo in April.

As a result, Suriname won the tournament on run-rate and earned the Affiliate place in the Division 1 tournament previously filled by the Bahamas. Tony Munro


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 Walt on (November 26, 2008, 4:50 GMT)

The ICC was thinking "Lots of money in the US, let's have the tournament there. It may grow the US into a cricket market." It won't happen, but that's what they were thinking. I agree with Adeeb, visa issues are part of the world today, see West Indies trying to get into New Zealand. Probably some paperwork/technicality issue. It will get worked out in the end.

Posted by Mitchell Persaud on (November 26, 2008, 4:42 GMT)

I lived in Suriname for years and know the conditions there. I would be surprised in half the team returned home after the tournament is completed. But "Go Suriname."

Posted by Adeeb on (November 25, 2008, 21:24 GMT)

Visas worries are part of the reality of the world we live in. First world countries routinely deny visas to people from the rest of the world. While major teams playing major sports from major countries can at least get the visas, others have no such luck. What were the ICC thinking when they gave this tournament to the US?

Posted by rob heinen on (November 25, 2008, 11:38 GMT)

There never was and never will be room for decent sports in the us. There's always some group of people having to influence results. Sad.

Go Suriname!!!!

Posted by Naval Patel on (November 25, 2008, 11:20 GMT)

Does the tournament merit authenticity after such drastic culling of a qualified team for non-cricketing reasons? Can the event not be postponed and moved to a less bigoted country?

Posted by md on (November 25, 2008, 8:23 GMT)

Please edit your title, it says "Surname" not "Suriname" as (I assume) it should.

Cricinfo note: Thank you, this has been done.

Posted by Simon Butler on (November 24, 2008, 22:38 GMT)

This really is a sad situation as this tournament is a good chance for the minnow nations to gain some experience. I hope Suriname appeal the decision. It sounds as though based on recent results they could cause an upset or two.

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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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