From earthquakes to the World Cup
In a dreadful spell for the world our thoughts are with the people of Japan suffering from a major geological event that has created misery and sorrow. Cricket followers are fortunate that their thoughts can move to the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
Some wonderful games, outstanding individual performances and unexpected upset results have ensured that interest and enjoyment of the World Cup has remained high. The Tournament has raised the usual comments about the role of the Associate countries-popularly but unfairly referred to in many quarters as minnows, and whether they justify inclusion in the World event.
Each team has had moments of excellent performance and individual players within the teams have proven to be entitled to take part. Ashish Bagai, Canadian Wicketkeeper and captain is a very good player both with gloves and the bat. Kevin O’Brien of Ireland is now in the record books following his remarkable century against England. Collins Obuya’s 98 not out for Kenya against Australia and Ryan ten Doeschate’s outstanding century for Netherlands against England were further examples of what players can do playing for the Associate country teams. It will be a major disappointment if players such as these and their team mates are denied the chance to measure their ability and to improve their performances on the wider world stage.
At a time when the ambition is to expand the participation in and support for cricket internationally surely it is better to be inclusive rather than exclusive and don’t forget a couple of the worst performances came from Test playing countries including Bangladesh, England and Pakistan.
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