May 11, 2009

Japan

Japan coach confident ahead of Guernsey tournament

Will Luke

Japan coach Richard Laidler is hopeful that his side can do well in the World Cricket League Division 7 tournament which gets underway on Sunday in Guernsey.

“I am looking forward to coming back to the Channel Islands. It is always exciting to play in international competition as we don’t get much recognition in Japan,” said Laidler. “To give the boys a chance to show how cricket is a global sport is fantastic and we are looking forward to playing in the event. I really hope we can finish first or second and go into Division 6. After playing in Jersey last year we had a chance to understand the standard that we are actually up against and we know what we will have to come up against.”

Laidler admitted that Afghanistan’s recent success, having risen from Division 5 last year to gaining ODI status in the recent ICC World Cricket League, was a great inspiration to Associate and Affiliate members.

“It is a fantastic story and the competition is really well done by the ICC as it does give teams a chance to go up the rankings. Being from the EAP region we used to only play against the same teams, but we are now getting an opportunity to play against everybody, and that gives you a lot of encouragement if you want to play better teams,” said Laidler.

Having played in similar conditions at the Division 5 event last year in Jersey, Laidler is hopeful that his side can learn from its experiences and apply them to the pitch conditions it will face in Guernsey.

“I am expecting Guernsey’s facilities to be as good or even better than Jersey. We learnt quite a bit about the wickets last year, as we are used to playing on harder wickets, while the wickets over there were a bit slower and held up a bit. We know what we are up against now.”

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Posted by Vikram Maingi on (May 13, 2009, 10:27 GMT)

With Nigeria facing visa issues, competition for Japan will lessen and possbility of qualifying for Division 6 will go up.

Posted by Musafir on (May 12, 2009, 1:59 GMT)

A majority of the expatriates who play the game in Japan are excluded from selection and they are not even allowed to play in the "official" JCA league. The teams playing in the JCA league do not even play against the other expatriate teams, who play in a league of their own (KCL). Given this situation the Japan national team improving is quite difficult since the competition in the JCA league is not up to standard. If the local league is tougher, the team that is selected would also be better. But the powers that be believe differently and completely ignore the KCL. Anyway, I can only wish the team best of luck and hope that they prove me wrong by winning.

Posted by colin macbeth on (May 11, 2009, 17:21 GMT)

They're also all getting excited on the Isle of Wight -for the arrival of the Bahrain cricket XI on Wednesday (May 13). The Gulf team will meet an Isle of Wight Cricket Board (IWCB) XI at the island's new Newclose cricket ground near Newport in preparation for their trip to the Channel Islands for their 2015 division 7 world cup qualifier in Guernsey. Among their opponents will be Hampshire Academy's leg-spinner Jamie Miller, who lives on a houseboat, Worcestershire's Tom Friend and captain Danny Bishop. The England and Wales Cricket Board has given a lot of support to the Newclose County Cricket Ground venture and it is hoped that soon English county Hampshire will be playing there. Meanwhile, the islanders are looking forward to giving a big welcome to the cricketers from Bahrain. 'Topspinner'

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Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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