Singapore is pretty shameless in that regard, most of our olympic medals are won by imports for example.
Interesting conversation about expats and developing your own. When was the last time Arul Suppiah played for Malaysia?
I went to uni with a guy who plays for Finland now. He was born there, Finnish dad and British mum, raised in Lincolnshire, but lives in Finland and did national service for them. He is the only Finnish guy on the team. The rest are Afghans. Of course, it might appear from a cursory look at the scorecards he learned cricket in Finland but he didn't.
Yeah, the irony is often that the players with the right sounding names often have been abroad, while the expat Pakistanis/Afghans have played the sport for years in the country they represent.
Malaysia actually has a pretty robust domestic scene. School cricket exists. League cricket is taken quite serious and the State cricket has money in it for players. Kuala Lumpur also has 4 beautiful, international calibre. It is light years ahead of other small cricketing nation in that regard. However, it is hurt by the fact that the Indian community (about 10% of pop) isn't that interested and the system doesn't produce many good Malay cricketers.
I'm not opposed to players that are born elsewhere representing the country, as long as they've grown up as kids in the country they're playing for. I get slightly irked when they come in aged 18 for uni, then get fast tracked into the national set up as a few guys in Singapore have done so.
The same goes for the wider international scene as well. I'm not saying it's unfair that certain guys migrate to play for another country, and they're well within their right to do so in order to further their careers, but it just doesn't sit well with me, and I really can't change that.
BdU23 3/0 (1.5 ov, Rony Talukder 0*, Soumya Sarkar 2*, CR Suryawanshi 0/2) | Live Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
Will be going down tomorrow to watch India v Pak. Unmukt Chand :wub:
Bangladesh A have been touring England and playing list A matches against counties, they will now play 3 games against the Eng Lions. The tour has been pretty **** so far, they've lost all their matches. However both Anamul and Mominul haque have done OK with the bat and Robiul has done OK with the ball, spinners Sohag Gazi and Elias Sunny probably the best players on tour so far though.
Andre de Lange | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo
our latest import is a de lange from south africa. i can no longer make jokes about the english team.
So I woke up late :laugh:
cbf going down now for the Indian innings. India should cruise though, Chand ftw.
Singapore must be a **** place to play cricket. Can't chew gum. Lucky Viv Richards didn't play there.
They fry a good noodle though in fairness.
Meanwhile in the SL game... Niroshan Dickwella | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo
****, should've gone. forgot all about Qadir jr.