July 20, 2009


A busy two months for Associates

Martin Williamson

The summer season of Associate cricket continues to take shape with various announcements about games being arranged.

Afghanistan's first foray into mainstream competition starts in the rather unlikely setting of Mutare where they take on Zimbabwe in a four-day Intercontinental Cup tie starting on August 16. From there the Afghans head to Europe where they meet Netherlands in the same competition starting on August 24 and follow that with their first two stand-alone ODIs on August 30 and September 1.

Kenya, meanwhile, head to Toronto where their Intercontinental Cup tie against Canada starts on August 7 and is followed by three ODIs on August 12, 14 and 16.

On August 17 Scotland's game with Ireland starts, and that is followed by an ODI weekend as two matches are held on August 22 and 23 ahead of Ireland's ODI against England on August 27 and Scotland's against Australia on August 28.

In the new Intercontinental Shield, Bermuda host Uganda in a four-day match starting on August 17 and the two then play a brace of one-day games on August 22 and 23 with a one-off Twenty20 clash on August 24


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 ubaidullah gulabyar on (August 8, 2009, 16:42 GMT)

i think Afghanistan need a lot of work to be done because i think other countries have played more OID cricket and have good experience in this level. So beating them will not be easy for Afghanistan. As a former domestic player i will be very happy if the win one or two matches and try to learn how to play with bigger teams. in this stage learning and learning quickly is very important for Afghan cricket team. wish you all the best and will be looking forward to see you guys play very good cricket. don't think of wining or losing the matches just try to play good cricket.

best of luck to Afghan team and looking forward to see you winning will pray for all of you every day

with warm regards ubaid ullah Gulabyar ahmadzai

Posted by mustafa on (August 6, 2009, 21:09 GMT)

afghanistan will win this tourement and i can't wait to see them playing ODI international. good luck afghan team

Posted by Adam Sch on (July 23, 2009, 18:19 GMT)

It's very exciting to see so much associate cricket going on.

Best of luck to all involved!

Posted by Neamat on (July 22, 2009, 3:32 GMT)

good luck to afghanistan i hope they will win the tournment but they must work hard for it.

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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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