June 24, 2010

Africa

Africa set sights on continental tournament

Tony Munro

Africa is likely to have its own continental tournament in the near future. Cassim Suliman, the CEO of the Africa Cricket Association is understood to be organising a tournament involving South Africa A, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and possibly a combined Africa team.

Africa is the only one of the ICC's development regions not to have its own biennial tournament for non-Test nations. The proposed event would not be the long awaited World Cricket League Africa Division One event. Officials from Namibia and Tanzania had recently told Cricinfo they saw no need for the latter as their national teams already had sufficient tournament play. Namibia also plays in the United Cricket Board amateur three-day and one-day competitions.

When Cricinfo contacted Suliman this week, he was travelling in Asia and unable to confirm the reports of plans for the tournament or elaborate on specific detail.

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Posted by Matt D on (July 22, 2010, 11:50 GMT)

Very good news, it is imperative that we strengthen the game where it already has good roots. But let us not forget the non-Commonwealth countries where the challenges for cricket development are even greater.

Posted by Ricardo Johnson on (July 8, 2010, 0:32 GMT)

an excellent Idea........I like the east africa/rift valley regional tournament concept. A Great one to implement. However is there any confirmation that this will take place??

Posted by Jashan on (July 5, 2010, 14:05 GMT)

Great News. The team will make the tournament not walk in the park for South Africa since it is South Africa A. Zimbabwe will not leave it like this, besides Namibia, Kenya & Uganda being decent teams all being part of WCL 1 or 2 league. Combined Africa will also give a good chance for their players. Great. A similar tournament should be started for rest of the continent.

Posted by Anil Koshy on (June 29, 2010, 3:23 GMT)

It would be great step towards popularising the game in Africa. There is a lot of natural talent in Africa, with the presence of South Africa A side they will also get a chance to play against quality opposition.

Posted by colin macbeth on (June 25, 2010, 8:47 GMT)

As a first stage, let's think of introducing an East African regional competition, along the lines of Zimbabwe's Logan Cup, comprising (from Kenya), Coast, Nairobi & Central, Rift Valley & West; and, from Uganda, East of Nile and West of Nile. This would get Kenyan and Ugandan players primed up for the bigger challenge of South Africa 'A' and Zimbabwe. On the latter, how magnificent that John Howard has met Peter Chingoka and is prepared to put his influence behind Zimbabwe's already resurgent cricket status. A stronger Zimbabwe is good for Africa, good for Kenya, good for Uganda and good for everyone. Well done, John; well done, Peter!

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