I was wondering if an Associates' ATXI will be competitive against the full members. So, this endeavor seeks to compose a team from the players of Ireland, Canada, Kenya, Netherlands, Scotland, Afghanistan, Bermuda, UAE... you get the point. Not including East Africa squads of "yore". Also, the pre-test era Bangladesh players qualify, so do the pre-1981 Sri Lankan players, but only the ones who played their entire careers as Associates.
Secondly, I wanted to make sure this team includes players who truly represent the Associate Nations. For this reason, only the players who were born and brought up in non-test playing nations are eligible in my book. For example, players like Dirk Nannes, Trent Johnston, Tom Cooper, Rizwan Cheema learnt their craft in Australia and Pakistan, in a cricket friendly environment, hence it would not make sense to include them. On the other hand, someone like a Eoin Morgan finds a place because he did it all in Ireland. You may disagree with this approach, and I would welcome your inputs.
So, this is the team I wound up with:
William Porterfield (Ireland)
Alexei Kervezee (Netherlands)
Ed Joyce (Ireland)
Eoin Morgan (Ireland)
Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Steve Tikolo (Kenya)
Niall o'Brien (w) (Ireland)
Thomas Odoyo (Kenya)
George Dockrell (Ireland)
Hamid Hassan (Afghanistan)
William Boyd Rankin (Ireland)
Ashish Bagai from Canada came really close to getting selected ahead of Niall o'Brien. Couldn't find a place for Kevin though. Do you think he should be in the side? If yes, then ahead of which player? Also, Paul Stirling really comes close to getting selected ahead of Kervezee. Would welcome suggestions for a better opener. As for the bowlers, Nannes and Johnston are ineligible due to my approach, and I left out Botha. Hassan from Afghanistan is a great prospect. Would like to know about better bowlers.
So, the final list is dominated by the Irish. Seems like a team that could give many test playing nations a run for their money, what say?