The ICC WT20 2016 (men’s, that is) has already started. Hardly one year after the “real” World Cup ended, we have another “World” tournament knocking at our doors. If you didn’t know, I don’t blame you. In fact it started on the 8th of March. 16 teams (ICC says) will battle for the trophy. Even if you were the ever optimistic Mpumelelo Mbangwa, you can’t possibly say that.
Lets first explain to you the basics that you already knew. This tournament will be played over two phases, a sort of a qualifier will be played first, before business gets serious in the “Super 10”. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa, England, New Zealand and the West Indies are 8 of the 10 teams. Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, the Netherlands, Oman, Afghanistan, Scotland, and Hong Kong will play deciders to claim the remaining two spots.
Great planning skills by Mr Dave. He should be our PM’s foreign-tours’ schedule-maker.
Now, how can we not question this “logical” decision by ICC, which is intended to keep “competition” alive? Qualifiers to play the big boys? You’ve gotta be kidding. The best thing is that Bangladesh, even after ending up as the Asia Cup finalists, leaving behind teams like Sri Lanka and Pakistan, need to play qualifiers to play against teams, whom they have already beaten.
The Associates have already played qualifiers to lead up to this event. So why another qualifier? Why do Afghanistan play two qualifiers to play in an event where England have qualified directly? Also, ICC has placed Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in two separate groups in the qualifiers for claiming the two spots. Basically Associates, eff-off.
Calm and composed decision making from Manohar and Richardson. Dhoni would be proud of that.
Now, about the cricket (not really).
The first match was between Zimbabwe and Hong Kong, played at the VCA Statdium, Nagpur. It was a crowd to hail. I doubt whether the figure would be closer to 500, than it would be to 1000.
–If that doesn’t make you depressed, look for the words “India 2016” (picture courtesy, International Cricket Council)
Lets face it. The people are not taking these qualifiers seriously. I’m hopeful of 5000 Indians fans turning up for a South Africa-England encounter.
Also, this is depressing for the Associates. World Cup? THEY HAVE NO EXPERIENCE TO GAIN FROM THESE. Until and unless, they do the unthinkable and edge past Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the qualifiers. Guys, lets call it what it is — a qualifier.
Basically it is a 10-team tournaments. More teams than that play in the Copa America. Arrangements for the 2019 World Cup have started; the thought is making me sick.
Lets just hope, I am the ICC President by 2030 — by the time which World Cups will start as 3-team semis between India, Australia and England — so that the sport survives.
Thank You for reading!
PS:- Feedback at http://twitter.com/Arbabasu would be great.