4 April 2011

ICC Confirms Elephant Wedding

So the next World Cup will be played only by the ten full members with no chance for any Associate to take part. Furthermore the group stage will be replaced by a round-robin system, with the four top ranked teams entering the semifinals.

Well done. What a cunning plan. The round robin format makes sure that all Test nations play each other *ka-ching*, and we won't get robbed of matches like Australia v England, of which we had not seen enough before the WC. On the other hand the elimination of the Associates spares us torment like the Ireland rubbish or the embarrassing displays by the Messrs Seelaar, Ten Inches, Borronator & Co.

Of course Ireland will benefit from an extended T20 World Cup, a tournament for which they had not managed to qualify before. Reducing their appearances to the T20 will also indirectly help them to get closer to a full membership, which they are undoubtedly fighting for with nail and tooth. 

The ICC's decision is not like breaking the legs of a child that has just started to walk properly, no. 

I cannot eat as much as I want to vomit.


EDIT: Trent Johnston tweetet:
"So that means our plans to become a full member have been a source of humour around that elitist table....."

That basically sums it up, there's nothing more to add to that.

Warren Deutrom, who I had featured earlier because he presented a brilliant case for Irish cricket on the Switch Hit podcast, has declared the 4th of April 2011 'an absolute black day for the sport'.

Here's the link to the Cricket With Balls post, in which Jrod names a few things you can do to protest against the decision. Also check out the respective comments, some useful suggestions for emails to the ICC have been posted there.


Pete said...

Wes, I'm a bit confused by the bit about Ireland not qualifying for the World Twenty20.

They were at the last one, and if not for rain, could have stopped England from winning the thing.

Or have I missed something (as usual) :)

Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

Haha yes. You've missed some good old sarcasm ;) Thank you for your visit!

Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

BTW the blog is moderated so don't panic if your post doesn't appear right away. ;)

Pete said...

Wes, you get me every time :P

And with regards to the double post, I didn't read the small print :)

Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

Sorry Pete... that wasn't my intention :P

Golandaaz said...

By this decision ICC have also decided that no other country will be awarded test status for the next 4 years.

I would think Ireland are on course to be a test nation by that time. No?

Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

Hello Golandaaz, nice to see you, yeah this is exactly what I was hinting at in the post... they're throwing a spanner into Ireland's works!

Purna said...

What is this rubbish! I thought the current format worked fine! Barring a few games here and there! No Netherlands either?? NO!

Mudassar Ijaz said...

I thought 12 teams WC idea which was floating a little while earlier was great at least 2 best associates will have a chance and they will be competitive and worthy. But hell this is blindness at its best.

Here goes the cricket expanding, here goes the exciting new teams coming up and here goes a chance to see Irland, Neths and Afghanistan more often.

No body will bother to visit them normally except may be Pakistan(They will play Ireland in May :O), Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

International Crouching Cunt, all hails.

Shridhar Jaju said...

Not only am I gutted for Ireland, I am also feeling bad about another cricketing outpost that was showing a lot of promise - Afghanistan.

Both, Ireland and Afghanistan, have shown tremendous progress and to my mind, there is no doubt that a future in Test cricket awaits if ICC acts in a proactive manner. Sadly, history suggests that ICC does not know the meaning of proactive.

I wonder how ICC manages to take such blatantly unpopular decision, and still go on pretending that nothing is wrong on this earth!

Sujan Uday said...

On the positive notes, ICC believes T20 as the only mean to accelerate the cricket promotion globally. I think by increasing the number of teams for T20 world cup, ICC hopes USA might qualify, that will help in improving the popularity of cricket in America. After all, it's all money that matters.

Lou said...

Usual gutless greed.

Sill it's bloody depressing even though I'm cynical most of the time about the ICC.

tracerbullet007 said...

If you think about it, the ICC is behaving like the Arab autocrats and dictators of yesteryears, promoting their cronies and giving two hoots about the ones who matter....if the Arab youth can bring down their rulers by sheer force of social networking, can we not also do something to make the ICC change their mind?
After all, the cricket blog world is much stronger and influential than anytime before....I think it is time we did something to bring about some real change in the way International Cricket is being administered...

Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

Thanks guys for all your opinions. I've edited the link to the CWB post into the blog, if you want to email the ICC there are some interesting suggestions in the comments thread.

Shridhar ... I think Afghanistan can't be stirred into the same pot ... for reasons I won't discuss here.

Sujan, it is indeed true that an increase in popularity in the USA would give cricket a tremendous worldwide push, however, other countries have more potent teams currently and they shouldn't be punished for the progress they made. I also think US cricket already has structural problems in terms of governance IIRC, and the intensity with which the ICC is working on them surely exposes the goal to turn the US into a giant ICC lapdog.

Benny I think the difference is that the Arab youth / protesters / rebels can actually physically threaten their leaders. Cricket fans cannot just grab their hayforks and march towards Dubai. But your idea is sure worth considering, the big task would be to organise this protest and channel it.

tracerbullet007 said...

Ha ha...I'm not suggesting anything violent...but I do believe that while the ICC cricket committee has reps from players, umpires, coaches...there are no representatives from the fans' side...who will hear our voice?
there has to be some way that we can make a difference..