April 9, 2009

ICC World Cup Qualifiers

Bermuda lose ODI status

Martin Williamson

We now know who will play in the Super Eights after the conclusion of the first round in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

Afghanistan, UAE and Namibia are the three sides who join the existing ODI countries in the battle for four World Cup places and six ODI status slots.

Bermuda, who have underperformed consistently over the last four year, are eliminated from the competition and will head back to the relative backwater of being an ordinary Associate.

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Posted by Saleem Mukuddem on (April 10, 2009, 18:16 GMT)

It is not surprising that Bermuda lost its ODI status. I do feel for the FEW players and the coach and his support staff who gave their heart and soul in this lost cause. Their will be harsh criticism of the team back in Bermuda. The main reasons I think the team did so poorly is because in Bermuda a very small island with a population of around 60,000 the "international" cricketers are larger than life characters and the players actualy believe they are good. They are but small fish in a very small pond. The talent is there but unfortunately it is not just talent that one needs to succeed at an international level. You need the right ATTITUDE. That brings me to the 2nd reason ....DISCIPLINE on and mostly off the field or the apparent lack thereof. When players threaten to quit the team instead of taking ice baths you know you have a problem. That leads me to reason # COMMITMENT. No more ICC $$$ What now??

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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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