While it would be great to see the little-thought-of Namibia winning, you have to support Afghanistan here. Simply because they have a chance of becoming a Test team this half-century, and Namibia do not.
The latest ICC meeting has been held (http://www.icc-cricket.com/news/2016/media-releases/94751/outcomes-from-icc-board-and-committee-meetings) and there's a few noteworthy decisions for some associates.
Ireland and Afghanistan:
"In line with the ICC’s Game and Market Development Strategy, the Board approved a short-term ODI fund of $500K each for Afghanistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland. The fund is being provided to the two countries to allow them the opportunity to schedule more bilateral series, which, in turn, will support their bid to improve their team rankings and claims to secure direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019."
Suspension of Nepal's board: "In light of the ongoing court case involving the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and the Ad hoc Committee established by the Nepalese National Sports Council (NSC), which has led to a vacuum of cricket leadership in Nepal, the Board suspended the Membership of CAN for breach of Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections.
The suspension means that CAN will not be entitled to receive any ICC funding. However, the Board, in its absolute discretion and considering that the players should not suffer due to this suspension, decided that the Nepal cricket teams would be able to continue to feature in ICC events.
ICC management will also now work with the Nepalese cricket community, and other stakeholders, in order to assist with the development of a sustainable governance and administration structure for cricket in Nepal."
I hadn't realised what was going on with Nepal, a shame for them.
Balladeer: Happy new year and Christmas and all that to all. (Sorry - again, I mostly browse on mobile, so didn't see your earlier wishes!)
Dec 31, 2020 8:55:05 GMT
Mattzo: I hope you are all well, and good luck for 2021.
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pierredelafranchesca: Gale and Pyrah to support Lions as coaches.....OK, i mean Gale has been shit for Yorks and is potentially neck deep in this racism case, but sure why not. In fact, keep the useless prick.
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