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Old 8th March 2018, 14:12   #21
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Mind you, looks like Afghanistan are now losing to Hong Kong so they hardly deserve to qualify anyway.
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Old 8th March 2018, 17:47   #22
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Mind you, looks like Afghanistan are now losing to Hong Kong so they hardly deserve to qualify anyway.
Yep, wheels have come off. Strange that they made a 19yo captain, even if he is their best player (and possibly older than 19).
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Old 9th March 2018, 03:00   #23
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Mind you, looks like Afghanistan are now losing to Hong Kong so they hardly deserve to qualify anyway.
Yep, I have no sympathy for them anymore.
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With 14 teams the WC was too long and drawn out, with too many pointless games. I think reducing to 12 might have been a better choice, though.
That it was long and drawn out was more to do with the format they concocted, even with ten the competition next year it's going to be hugely drawn out with countless meaningless games because of the mind numbingly boring money maximising format they've gone with. I'd have gone with something like the format utilized a couple of twenty20 World Cup's ago whereby you had four groups of three, with the top two progressing into two further groups but then that creates scope for one of the big boys going out which the ICC simply won't entertain.
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That it was long and drawn out was more to do with the format they concocted, even with ten the competition next year it's going to be hugely drawn out with countless meaningless games because of the mind numbingly boring money maximising format they've gone with. I'd have gone with something like the format utilized a couple of twenty20 World Cup's ago whereby you had four groups of three, with the top two progressing into two further groups but then that creates scope for one of the big boys going out which the ICC simply won't entertain.
That's what happened in 2007 when India got knocked out early doors and that's the reason why they don't go with that type of thing. As you realise, tv ratings would have massively tanked after that and sponsors will get twitchy at the prospect of such a thing happening again. Not telling you anything you haven't figured out.

On to the cricket. Windies had a bit of a tremor before stabilising. They were 58-4 at one point chasing 201 to win. Not sure they are definitely one of the best two teams in that tournament with the Irish and the Scots looking good so far and Zimbabwe having done ok so far.
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That it was long and drawn out was more to do with the format they concocted, even with ten the competition next year it's going to be hugely drawn out with countless meaningless games because of the mind numbingly boring money maximising format they've gone with. I'd have gone with something like the format utilized a couple of twenty20 World Cup's ago whereby you had four groups of three, with the top two progressing into two further groups but then that creates scope for one of the big boys going out which the ICC simply won't entertain.
They don't like the groups of three because one upset can send a big name crashing out!
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That's what happened in 2007 when India got knocked out early doors and that's the reason why they don't go with that type of thing. As you realise, tv ratings would have massively tanked after that and sponsors will get twitchy at the prospect of such a thing happening again. Not telling you anything you haven't figured out.

On to the cricket. Windies had a bit of a tremor before stabilising. They were 58-4 at one point chasing 201 to win. Not sure they are definitely one of the best two teams in that tournament with the Irish and the Scots looking good so far and Zimbabwe having done ok so far.
Aye it's a difficult balancing act.

I'd suggest the biggest own goal in growing the game was pulling the Twenty20 World Cup back from two-yearly to four-yearly. Like it or not this is the format where we've seen the most progress from associate nations.
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That's what happened in 2007 when India got knocked out early doors and that's the reason why they don't go with that type of thing. As you realise, tv ratings would have massively tanked after that and sponsors will get twitchy at the prospect of such a thing happening again. Not telling you anything you haven't figured out.

On to the cricket. Windies had a bit of a tremor before stabilising. They were 58-4 at one point chasing 201 to win. Not sure they are definitely one of the best two teams in that tournament with the Irish and the Scots looking good so far and Zimbabwe having done ok so far.
I'd be surprised if Zimbabwe didn't make it through in their own backyard. They look a relatively useful outfit currently, particularly with Taylor back in the fold and Raza in the form of his life.
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Ireland are playing Windies today and this game is televised on Sky Sports mix if you are watching in the UK. Windies 45-2 after 11 overs.
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Ireland are playing Windies today and this game is televised on Sky Sports mix if you are watching in the UK. Windies 45-2 after 11 overs.
51/3, good start by the Irish.
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51/3, good start by the Irish.
I have been flitting between this game and this SA v Aus game. When Windies were 58-4 Ireland were in control. However the pitch is favourable to the seamers and the outfield is slow. If Windies manage to get circa 230, that might well be a good score. Apparently the weather is meant to close in for the afternoon though.
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Ireland fall short against the Windies, Zimbabwe win and Afghanistan pick up their first victory.
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Some fairly dramatic action today. Zimbabwe tie with Scotland with each team scoring 210. Afghanistan are fortunate to now reach the super 6s as Nepal beat Hong Kong. Ireland have very comfortably despatched UAE.

So the super 6s are

West Indies
Scotland
Zimbabwe
Ireland
Afghanistan
UAE

https://www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-...ifier-fixtures

I think the way it works is that the group A sides will face the group B sides from the preliminary round, i.e. Windies will play Scotland, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. Afghanistan will need to win all their 3 games to have a chance of making it through.
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Some fairly dramatic action today. Zimbabwe tie with Scotland with each team scoring 210. Afghanistan are fortunate to now reach the super 6s as Nepal beat Hong Kong. Ireland have very comfortably despatched UAE.

So the super 6s are

West Indies
Scotland
Zimbabwe
Ireland
Afghanistan
UAE

https://www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-...ifier-fixtures

I think the way it works is that the group A sides will face the group B sides from the preliminary round, i.e. Windies will play Scotland, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. Afghanistan will need to win all their 3 games to have a chance of making it through.
Yep, and carry over results from the games against their fellow group sides who've also made it through, so currently stands

WI 4 pts
Zim 3pts
Sco 3pts
Ire 2pts
Afg 0pts
UAE 0pts
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Highest opening stand for Ireland. Result.
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Scotland beating Zimbabwe would really have put the cat amongst the pigeons. Shame.
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I guess it just got a little more interesting with Afghanistan scraping to victory against the W Indies. Scotland are in the process of winning comfortably against UAE and that will take them to the top of the Super 6 Table.

The Windies really have a fight on their hands now to qualify with matches left against Scotland and Zimbabwe.
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Ireland beaten by Zimbabwe who move to the head of the table. With a match to play against UAE you'd think that they are all but through.
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Ireland beaten by Zimbabwe who move to the head of the table. With a match to play against UAE you'd think that they are all but through.
Let's hope Afghanistan and Ireland have just been focusing more on their test debuts and that this isn't just a sign that they've "peaked" after having a golden generation of players.
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Not being televised today which is a pity.
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