Originally Posted by Scaly piscine
Every other top 8 side clearly has greater talent. That's somewhat inevitable anyway given the infrastructures, player pool etc.
If you throw in some IPL-style professionalism then that helps these sides overtake you because they then realise more of the talent.
Obviously that professionalism has yet to seep through to some of the selectors. Some pretty horrific selections for India, Australia and England alone.
Wouldn't say that every team is more talented or close to being as professional a unit. Pakistan is of course a team of immense talent but if you look at their selected squad the inner politics and other issues have gutted the team a fair bit. The West Indies have their best bowlers injured. Sri Lanka has some hugely talented players and then a lot iffy players below NZ's 1st XI (obviously beyond NZ's 1st XI the standards fall very very very sharply but in limited overs we can feel a very handy team if we're lucky). England's limited overs team... I don't know they should be good but for some reason they never seem to be able to field a good team.