The ICC has come out and said that they are excluding the Associate Nations from the next Cricket World Cup, which means the teams of Ireland, Netherlands, Canada etc, are currently participating in their last World Cup tournament.
The ICC might want to go back to the drawing board on this decision though, especially after the performance of the Netherlands against England last night. England were unable to bowl the Netherlands out, remember the English team boasts bowlers like James Anderson, Stuart Broad and the worlds best spinner at the moment Graeme Swann (not my words, I don’t think he is), yet they could still only manage six wickets. Ryan ten Doeschate, the fastest rising star in cricket after his latest innings, showed just what Associate Nations can bring to the table.
Associate Nations don’t have enough natural cricketers, like the Test Nations, that allow them to continually be competitive, however as was seen last night, they don’t need them. Skillful players become much better when in the middle with a natural cricketer, evidenced by Peter Borren last night.
The ICC need to assist these Associate Nations in improving their quality and class in cricket, otherwise people are going to get bored very quickly of the same teams, playing at the same time every year or every two years, whatever the case may be. Bringing in teams such as Ireland and Netherlands keeps things fresh and exciting. People can not honestly say that they weren’t excited by what they saw last night with Ryan ten Doeschate and the Netherlands. As it is those two teams aren’t far off being Test Nations you would have thought.
If these nations aren’t able to play in the World Cup the ICC is robbing it of excitement and entertainment. The Netherlands so far in this World Cup, the Kenyans in the T20 World Cup and there is no doubt more to come. It is up to the ICC to assist these nations, as I said, because when you think about it, doesn’t the ICC want the game expanded and improved across the globe?
For those that may not have seen it last night, here is some highlights of Ryan ten Doeschate’s innings against England, 119 off 110 balls –
Great knock and great entertainment!