June 26, 2009


Canada doubts over 2012 U-19 World Cup

Martin Williamson

In the aftermath of the ICC’s decision to strip Kenya of hosting rights for the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, Cricket Canada, who are due to stage the following tournament in 2012, is believed to have expressed serious doubts about its abilities to act as hosts.

Officially, Kenya lost out because of a report stating the grounds would not be ready in time, although it is increasingly looking as if the decision was made some time ago, possibly for commercial reasons.

In light of that, Canada has flagged that it might struggle to meet ICC requirements which sources claim have become much stricter in recent months.


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Posted by Bimal. H. Thaker on (July 7, 2009, 14:49 GMT)

Kenya lost the under-19 based on lack of preparation. How does one do when ICC do not want to support the development. Kenya took intiative to prepare grounds and spend huge amount of money considering being a third world country. Such amounts are seen to be peanuts by ICC because of the rich lucrative contracts they holds with sponsors. While Kenya fight to get sponsor. I now understand Canada's decision to back-out. Because no one would like to carry such a burden of investments which are rejected at 11th hour. ICC why don't you keep the world of cricket within the top 10 countries and forget about associate members.Talk about security well which corner of the world is safe. We have bombing in England, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan. Instability and theft in Zimbabwe, South Africa. Are all the above countries not the elite powers in world of cricket. Therefore it is high time ICC gets their policy right and develop the world of cricket beyond the top nations which play the game for ages.

Posted by Lloyd on (July 5, 2009, 15:37 GMT)

Other issues notwithstanding,the U19 World Cup being in Kenya would greatly help cricket in Africa as a whole.As for Canada,as a major economic power every resource should be brought to bear to ensure it keeps the 2012 one.Major Corporate partners and Govt help should be enlisted.In Canada and the US we must act as major cricketing voices,even when we are not acknowledged as such.Economics matter. and we have a lot of technical expertise and economic resources that we must tap into for strength.

Posted by Amar Mendes on (July 5, 2009, 13:38 GMT)

Former President Ben Sennik had announced plans for turf wickets in Montreal and Vancouver which they aim to finish by 2009. The was being done to host the 2012 Under-19 World Cup. Can any one tell us what is the latest Update as we are in 2009.

Posted by Nakeel on (July 1, 2009, 13:04 GMT)

@Ben first drop that thought where on earth is safe of late even in England teenagers are knifing people to death what are you talking about we aint Somalia. As for ICC why dont they just make the game for the full members and forget about embracing all. As it is the power of money can dictate who to bed the bats and who cant they should be so ashamed. Have they smelt that associated are going to take over with performance and still want to keep it a big boys circle. come on.. Canada can bow out now to avoid embarrassment of being stripped under weak issues but the truth be told Associated are not wanted by the big boys...

Posted by Nick Deverell on (June 30, 2009, 13:11 GMT)

this decision looks to have had little to do with pitch readiness (as initially insinuated) nor security - consider a country at the end of decades of civil war is co-hosting the next world cup and there are regular terrorist attacks in one of the others. It is $ based - whether ICC $s or political $ from parties within Kenya remains to be seen. @ Ben - I was in Kenya during a far more 'unsafe' period namely Jan last year and felt relatively safe. Crime aside (i have been held up at gunpoint in Sydney - let's can their next event...), Kenya is currently no less safe and a lot safer than several other more influential cricketing countries.

Canada are right to be wary and should get in writing from the ICC the exact specs they are expected to produce. Leave them any loophole and through it will vanish another Associate's hosting rights...

Posted by Marcus on (June 29, 2009, 16:58 GMT)

Zoeb - it's got nothing to do with security issues, that we are sure of. It's got lots to do with the ICC being able to make loads more cash in New Zealand.

Posted by Zoeb Tayebjee on (June 29, 2009, 14:38 GMT)

Though ICC never gave any valid reasons for taking away the under 19 WP from Kenya, I think, this is to do with the security situation and terrorism threats from neighbouring Somalia. Newspaper reports indicate that there are 80 car-jackings daily in Nairobi. Several people have been injured and even killed. Member of Parliaments have not even been spared in this latest violence in Nairobi. Having said this, it would be only right for the ICC to fully compensate Cricket Kenya for all they have spent so far in upgrading facilities. Like my old friend Colin Macbeth, I too, feel sorry for Cricket officials who were so much committed in making the WP a great success.

Zoeb Tayebjee

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (June 29, 2009, 8:57 GMT)

This will not help Cricket in the Associate Nations.

Posted by Amar Jude P. Mendes on (June 28, 2009, 20:14 GMT)

Pakistan retains co-host rights to £10m fees in 2011 World Cup and PCB to get compensation for Champion Trophy switch to South Africa. It is impossible to convince the ICC to change their minds. Kenya should demand full compensation with intrest. They should complet the good work in Mombasa and Nakuru, and even kisumu and Peonies just outside Nairobi. Because only with upgraded facilities top class cricketers will be produced.

Posted by Ben on (June 27, 2009, 4:51 GMT)

Kenya is just not a safe place to be at the moment and with the political situation the way it is I find it strange that anyone would be arguing for the tournament to be there. I think Canada has a much better show of running a successful and safe tournament in 2012. Nahid, there will still be a tournament so the encouragement for players is still there.

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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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