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    Icon1 How Many Test Countries By 2015?

    Hi friends, how many Test countries do u think will be there 2015? Who & Why?
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    Nine, Zimbabwe will get themsleves banned some how.
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    I hope less than there are now, unless the standard of Zimbabwe and Bangaldesh improves significantly.
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    Zimbabwe are unlikely to get much better any time soon, and unless Bangladesh do, hopefully 8.

    If they were to do so, 9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    Nine, Zimbabwe will get themsleves banned some how.
    You really think they can pull it off?

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    Anyway I doubt it and By 2015 Bangladesh will probably be sealing their maiden series victory over proper opposition, whilst one or two of either Kenya, Ireland, or Namibia will be embarking on their maiden test series probably either against Zimbabwe because by then even Bangladesh will have better things to do than play against them, or if things get really desparate they might get a one off test whilst filling in for yet another abandoned Australia tour to Pakistan


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    Ten. No Zimbabwe, but another country will have gained access to the Test ranks.
    Or something.

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    How would Cricket be in 2030? Hey just a casual question to read some intresting answers from u guys... Dont take it too seriously but answer seriously...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999 View Post
    Ten. No Zimbabwe, but another country will have gained access to the Test ranks.
    The only teams who have the remotest of chances of being good enough in such a short space of time are Holland or Canada. And said chances are very, very remote indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laksh_01 View Post
    How would Cricket be in 2030? Hey just a casual question to read some intresting answers from u guys... Dont take it too seriously but answer seriously...
    Hopefully about the same as it is now. Some good competitive Test cricket, with hopefully Bangladesh up to competitive level, and maybe Zimbabwe too.

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    Even allowing for the nothing-short-of-remarkable resilience of the Zimbabwe cricket team (most of the country is and has been for a good 6 or 7 years on its knees, yet still the team manages not merely to play coherently but to offer the odd surprise) I can't see them making the neccessary recovery to be Test-class in the space of just 7 years. And if Zanu-PF manages to wangle another fix, that's 5 more years for possible recovery out of the window too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    The only teams who have the remotest of chances of being good enough in such a short space of time are Holland or Canada. And said chances are very, very remote indeed.
    Over Kenya, Ireland and Namibia

    Your reasons being?

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    Nominally 10 still for me. Zimbabwe & Bangladesh given the Asian bloc a nice voting majority so can't see the ICC changing things any time soon.

    If the ECB had any sense it would give more of a hand to Ireland & Scotland to develop. Forcing the counties to release contracted players to play for Ireland in the Friends Provident would be a start. Slightly perverse that a country should be punished for producing players good enough to play FC cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andruid View Post
    Over Kenya, Ireland and Namibia

    Your reasons being?
    Forgot about Kenya TBH as they're "already insiders" and have been for years, but the fact that Nambia have recently fallen below Bermuda, who I'm still fairly convinced have roughly zero chance of ever being a Test or ODI-standard team, doesn't inspire me with confidence for the immediate future. Namibia is still a place with more potential than most, but as I say - the recent prospects have not been good. The little I know about Uganda seems vaguely promising too.

    Ireland I've always maintained aren't terribly likely ever to be a Test-playing team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    If the ECB had any sense it would give more of a hand to Ireland & Scotland to develop. Forcing the counties to release contracted players to play for Ireland in the Friends Provident would be a start. Slightly perverse that a country should be punished for producing players good enough to play FC cricket.
    That doesn't offer the ECB any benefits.

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