August 5, 2010

Africa

Plans for African continental tournament shelved

Tony Munro

The scheduled playing commitments of Africa's Associate and Affiliate countries will prevent the region having its own tournament, according to Cassim Suliman, the Africa Cricket Association CEO.

"This event cannot fit into the schedule due to timing and many other constraints... hence the Future Tours Programme has a full calendar of events including under-age tournaments that have been programmed till 2015," Suliman told CricInfo.

There had been conjecture a continental tournament involving South Africa A, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and possibly a combined Africas team was in the planning stage. The Kenya Cricket Association was known to favour its creation.

Africa is the only ICC development region which does not have a continental tournament and several countries such as Botswana and Tanzania only play every second year.

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Posted by Harry on (August 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT)

This is very disappointing! I would have liked to follow such an event! Champions of Africa sounds something to play for affiliates and associate countries. Perhaps a short T20 only, if not ODI! to keep local rivalries and continuing to make the game popular in Africa.

Posted by Jashan on (August 6, 2010, 7:18 GMT)

A very sad decision. Such tournaments help in forming regional rivalries and making the game popular. I still hope ICC steps in and helps the African Association for a continental tournament. All other continents have such a tournament. Asia:- Asia cup, ACC Elite and ACC Challenger, Europe:- Euro Cup, Americas:- Don rem the name. US just won it, Oceania:- EAP trophy

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