June 5, 2009


Netherlands stun England

Martin Williamson

The celebrations inside the pavilion continued long after everyone else had gone home © Getty Images
Every Associate is entitled to their day in the sun, and for Netherlands it came in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20, albeit it in the Stygian gloom of a chilly Lord’s. Much has already been written about the game, and more will follow. To check out our full coverage, click on the links.

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Posted by rezoan moyen on (June 16, 2009, 21:45 GMT)

next T20 World Cup I want the Bangladeshi Tigers to win the cup

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (June 9, 2009, 9:41 GMT)

Just to put some light on Colin's and Terry's comments:- Next T20 World Cup will be played in the West Indies in April-MAy 2010. All full members will get direct entry and eight associate nations will fight for the remaining berths in WT20 Qualifier in October in UAE. As of now, it has been decided that a total of 12 countries will play in that tourney. The eight associate nations are: Ireland,Netherlands, Scotland, Canada, Kenya, Afghan, UAE, and USA

Posted by santafanta on (June 8, 2009, 12:25 GMT)

What a fantastic performance by the men from Holland, after all it was only England tht they beat not a real cricket force. Just goes to the 20/20 format is here to stay and will present the great game of cricket to whole new cricket public. Let's hope another up set is on the cards by a so called qaulifier. go the orange army!!!!

Posted by Paasin on (June 8, 2009, 6:59 GMT)

Incredible that is all i can say

Posted by colin macbeth on (June 6, 2009, 22:00 GMT)

I agree with most of what Terry Jones says. But why USA among the 7 Assoc's (sic)? Surely that is Uganda's place as a High Performance country? Despite Mr Lorgat's prompting, USA is still way down the pecking order in terms of results. Glad to see Namibia have made it on to Mr Jones' list, though, having been otherwise poleaxed.

Posted by Terry Jones on (June 6, 2009, 16:34 GMT)

I think the amusing thing is that even if England lose their next match, they will still auto qualify for next years World T20, whereas Netherlands still have to qualify.

I believe that the ICC should: * Expand next years World T20 to 14 Teams (2x7, Semis & Final). * Teams that Qualify for this World T20 Super 8's should qualify for next years World T20. * Expand next years World T20 Qualifiers to 12 Teams (2x6), being Teams finishing 9-12 in this T20, Zimbarbwe and Top 7 Associate ODI teams that are not already listed. Top 3 teams from each group would qualify.

My guess is the 8 Auto Qualifiers would be: Aust, SA, Ind, Pak, NZ, SRL, BANG & NETH.

My guess is the 12 World T20 Q's would be: Teams 9-12: Eng, WI, IRL & Scot. (Zimb) 7 Assoc's: Canada, Kenya, Afghan, UAE, Namibia, USA & Bermuda.

This would give an incentive for ALL teams to perform in the World T20's, as well as giving more matches for each team in the World T20 (why have 4 warm up matches?).

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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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