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Old 30th October 2019, 14:19   #61
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Would include the Australia Sri Lanka in this thread. Seems like the series is becoming just a glorified net for the Aussies.
two very underwhelming games, and pretty **** poor crowds to be honest.
the matches are only on pay t.v here in oz. as well.
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Old 30th October 2019, 14:33   #62
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Scotland have posted a very good 198 against UAE. I hadn't noted before but ironically UAE's coach is Dougie Brown. It looks a tough ask for UAE to get close.
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Old 30th October 2019, 15:00   #63
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Scotland cruising this - well played lads !

Lucky for group B the other playoff has two teams from that group - seemed to be much weaker.

Oz here we come !!
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Would include the Australia Sri Lanka in this thread. Seems like the series is becoming just a glorified net for the Aussies.
whoever is in the initial first round group alongside Sri Lanka will be fancying an upset you'd reckon.
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Old 30th October 2019, 15:42   #65
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Scotland have posted a very good 198 against UAE. I hadn't noted before but ironically UAE's coach is Dougie Brown. It looks a tough ask for UAE to get close.
Another big win for pool A. I feel a bit sorry for Kenya and Singapore, who didn't progress in Pool A but might have fancied their chances a bit more in B.
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Old 30th October 2019, 16:28   #66
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Another big win for pool A. I feel a bit sorry for Kenya and Singapore, who didn't progress in Pool A but might have fancied their chances a bit more in B.
Pool B had Zimbabwe in it, before they were suspended and replaced by Nigeria. That would have made the equation somewhat different, although of course Singapore managed to beat Zimbabwe just a few weeks before the tournament.

Anyway, good to see that there are 10-12 competitive teams below the top, and hopefully we’ll see some more tournaments in the future where these teams play in.

Although it was disappointing to see that there was hardly anyone in the stadium for the UAE-Netherlands match.
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Old 30th October 2019, 17:42   #67
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Pool B had Zimbabwe in it, before they were suspended and replaced by Nigeria. That would have made the equation somewhat different, although of course Singapore managed to beat Zimbabwe just a few weeks before the tournament.

Anyway, good to see that there are 10-12 competitive teams below the top, and hopefully weíll see some more tournaments in the future where these teams play in.

Although it was disappointing to see that there was hardly anyone in the stadium for the UAE-Netherlands match.
I don't think taking half a day off work and traveling miles into the desert for a boozy evening watching the cricket is a thing in the UAE.
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Old 30th October 2019, 20:18   #68
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Pool B had Zimbabwe in it, before they were suspended and replaced by Nigeria. That would have made the equation somewhat different, although of course Singapore managed to beat Zimbabwe just a few weeks before the tournament.

Anyway, good to see that there are 10-12 competitive teams below the top, and hopefully weíll see some more tournaments in the future where these teams play in.

Although it was disappointing to see that there was hardly anyone in the stadium for the UAE-Netherlands match.
indeed it's good how when the ball gets hit in to the stands it's often lost because there's nobody there and they don't know which row of seats it's landed in..
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I don't think taking half a day off work and traveling miles into the desert for a boozy evening watching the cricket is a thing in the UAE.
Itís an autocratic slave state - any sort of fun is down the to do list.
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Itís an autocratic slave state - any sort of fun is down the to do list.
I think when England last played there a lot of Pakistani ex-pats turned up after prayers on the Friday but otherwise the stadia were empty bar whoever from the BA had made the trip. As well as the "culture of work" over there, the stadia are miles out of the cities with little transport infrastructure to get there.

Plus it's insanely hot.
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Old 31st October 2019, 19:05   #71
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In the first of 5 pretty meaningless games, Scotland beat Oman to come 5th.
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It looks like the Qualifier wont be happening for the 2021 T20 WC.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/...-t20-world-cup

Which would be peak ICC.
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Old 31st October 2019, 22:28   #73
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It looks like the Qualifier wont be happening for the 2021 T20 WC.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/...-t20-world-cup

Which would be peak ICC.
Thatís not quite what the article states- there will still be a qualifying process, but could become regional.
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Old 31st October 2019, 22:33   #74
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Thatís not quite what the article states- there will still be a qualifying process, but could become regional.
True. But from what i've read over the last week or so the qualifier has proved a big success. The foibles with regional qualifiers are outlined by Peter which, to me, would be a retrograde step. Why change something that works so well?
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It looks like the Qualifier wont be happening for the 2021 T20 WC.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/...-t20-world-cup

Which would be peak ICC.
They should model the T20 World Cup after the Rugby World Cup, with 4 groups of 5.
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They should model the T20 World Cup after the Rugby World Cup, with 4 groups of 5.
Indeed. Instead next year's tournament features 4 less teams than the Rugby WC whilst there is another qualifier round for the 6 qualifiers (with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) before the rather ridiculously named 'Super 12's.'

The tournament is now almost a month long with an astonishing two days sandwiched in between the second semi-final and the final. Who knew that twenty over cricket was so taxing.

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If 6 teams qualify it's going to be an unwieldy competition. So now all these remaining matches are pointless.
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If 6 teams qualify it's going to be an unwieldy competition. So now all these remaining matches are pointless.
The 6 qualifiers will join the 10 teams that have already qualified. Which for most sports would be a simple 4 groups of 4 scenario.

On the surface these games may seem pointless but as Tim Cutler, doyen of Hong Kong Cricket, highlighted on Twitter, finishing in a higher position often means more money from their respective government. In the cash strapped world of associate cricket that is very important.
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Direland hammered by the Dutch in the first semi.
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The 6 qualifiers will join the 10 teams that have already qualified. Which for most sports would be a simple 4 groups of 4 scenario.

On the surface these games may seem pointless but as Tim Cutler, doyen of Hong Kong Cricket, highlighted on Twitter, finishing in a higher position often means more money from their respective government. In the cash strapped world of associate cricket that is very important.
For the Dutch team, winning the tournament probably means that get another article in the national sports news. They got one after the group stage and one after they qualified. That's important publicity for a small sport.
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