January 29, 2010


Associates need big matches - Saini

Sahil Dutta

Ranjit Saini, Cricket Canada's interim president, has told Cricinfo the real solution to developing Associate countries was to get their sides to play against high-profile opposition.

"Sponsors want to be seen and we didn't have enough domestic TV and newspaper coverage to offer that. From our perspective, how do we get a Shahid Afridi or Sachin Tendulkar to Canada?"

In almost three years since the 2007 World Cup, Canada have only met a Full Member twice, both games coming against West Indies in August 2008.

Saini feels, given the competition with other countries as well, it's the responsibility of the ICC to ensure Associates get attractive fixtures. "Every country wants India to play, every country wants big players to play against them, but if the ICC and the Full Member nations sees value and want cricket in the smaller countries then a solution will have to be reached.

"If we don't get full member nations to play against us then we will continue to struggle."


Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Vikram Maingi on (February 2, 2010, 7:40 GMT)

I feel there should be a 2-tier system, with the first one containing top 6 full members and other containing the rest 4 full members and 6 associates. It should be made mandatory for the other 4 full members to play against all six associates atleast once during the period of 1 year. After one year, the last 4 teams will be chosen from revised ratings. The performances/rankings of ODIs should be considered for segregation of nations in 2 tiers. Easier option can be to have two divisions of champions trophy, with top 6 competing for the main trophy and the rest competing for the plate championship.

Posted by Ricardo Johnson on (January 30, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

interesting comments made by the head of cricket canada. It is a double edge sowrd for associates and the test nations. The bigger countiries have to offer more. Why don't the test sides send their A teams to some of associates a bit more often?? Maybe also why don't the associates also try to organise more 3 day cricket?? Is it a lack of money?? Or do they only try to play one day/T20 cricket??

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Sahil Dutta
Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.

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