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    The Warm Ups

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    Bangladesh v Scotland- Centurion
    South Africa v Sri Lanka- Potchefstroom
    Pakistan v Zimbabwe- Centurion
    Australia v New Zealand- Benoni
    Kenya v West Indies- Benoni
    9th
    South Africa v Australia- Centurion
    Pakistan v Sri Lanka- Centurion
    New Zealand v West Indies- Benoni
    Scotland v Zimbabwe- Potchefstroom
    Bangladesh v Kenya- Benoni


    Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kenya are also scheduled for some earlier prep in a Kenyan hosted 20/20 quadrangular tournament (featuring Uganda).

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    Seems madness to have the hosts playing the favourites as a warm-up match. Why do Bangladesh only get to play Scotland and Kenya? Why are Australia also playing New Zealand? And Uganda's batsmen vs Shoaib and Asif could be interesting.

    What I find so strange, with cricket and rugby at the moment, is the way before a major championships teams are warming up against teams that they are almost certain to play in the real deal. Football is no problem, there are shedloads of teams around the globe to play before a World Cup. But wouldn't Twenty20 games against South African franchise opposition be a better idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    What I find so strange, with cricket and rugby at the moment, is the way before a major championships teams are warming up against teams that they are almost certain to play in the real deal. Football is no problem, there are shedloads of teams around the globe to play before a World Cup. But wouldn't Twenty20 games against South African franchise opposition be a better idea?
    Indeed, in rugby the reason is because the major teams would totally thrash the clubs and stuff, but cricket isn't like that at all. There are often close games between counties, states or franchises and the international touring team. I for one would like to see some more warmup games against opposition like that, as opposed to other international teams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    Seems madness to have the hosts playing the favourites as a warm-up match. Why do Bangladesh only get to play Scotland and Kenya? Why are Australia also playing New Zealand? And Uganda's batsmen vs Shoaib and Asif could be interesting.

    What I find so strange, with cricket and rugby at the moment, is the way before a major championships teams are warming up against teams that they are almost certain to play in the real deal. Football is no problem, there are shedloads of teams around the globe to play before a World Cup. But wouldn't Twenty20 games against South African franchise opposition be a better idea?
    Not necessarily… The South African cricket season hasn’t started yet, which would not only mean the sides would be undercooked but most of the franchise ‘best’ players wouldn’t even be able to play, not because they are representing South Africa but they are still plying their trade in England or in the case of the youngsters partaking in Perth bowling clinics - Jacobs, McKenzie, van Jaarsveld, Goodwin, Benkenstein, Thomas, Amla, Boje, Klusener, Kruger, Henderson, Telemachus and Willoughby would all be unavailable whilst a significant number of cricketers have other commitments at this time of the year from education to work, so their participation could not be guaranteed.

    I personally think it’s refreshing to see South Africa want warm up games against the gun sides and at least these fixtures would entice the fans in. Can’t see many being interested in seeing South Africa hand Scotland their asses.


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    I'm really looking forward to this now. Thoroughly bored of just watching England play, especially with the grey weather.

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    Quadrangular Warmup Series, Nairobi

    September 1 : Match 1 - Bangladesh Vs Kenya, Match 2 – Pakistan Vs Uganda

    September 2 : Match 3 – Kenya Vs Uganda, Match 4 - Bangladesh Vs Pakistan

    September 4 : Match 5 – Bangladesh Vs Uganda, Match 6 – Pakistan Vs Kenya

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    Quadrangular Warmup Series, Nairobi

    September 1 : Match 1 - Bangladesh Vs Kenya, Match 2 – Pakistan Vs Uganda

    September 2 : Match 3 – Kenya Vs Uganda, Match 4 - Bangladesh Vs Pakistan

    September 4 : Match 5 – Bangladesh Vs Uganda, Match 6 – Pakistan Vs Kenya
    If these have been afforded International status, I would say one of the Pakistani Batsmen will get the first ever 20/20 International Century.

    I would even suggest a possible 20/20 Double Century against Uganda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASON View Post
    If these have been afforded International status, I would say one of the Pakistani Batsmen will get the first ever 20/20 International Century.

    I would even suggest a possible 20/20 Double Century against Uganda.
    Don't think that these games do have international status, but I don't fancy the Ugandan batsmans chances against Shoaib.

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    The Ugandan games do not have official status.
    The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manee View Post
    The Ugandan games do not have official status.
    Do the other ones?

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    Yes the others in the Quad series do, not sure about the others, I assume they would too.

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    We know Pakistan are probably going to destroy Uganda but imagine if Uganda caught them on another evrything goes wrong day? That would be more embarrasing for them than the ODI WC. And Akhtar and Asif have to pass their drug tests and not injure themselves before they get a shot at Uganda so you never know.
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    Even if everything went wrong, its Uganda. I'd be suprised to see them reach the 6 runs an over mark, I'd probably be surprised to see them close to a hundred.

    Is Akthar even playing?
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    Uganda are not as awful as all you think. On 2nd June 2007, they won the ICC World Cricket League Division Three (50 over games) by beating Argentina in the final by 91 runs. It is not much, but shows they are not totally hopeless

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    Oh definitely, I would rate them as one of the best teams outside of the associates, but they are still just that, outside of the teams which are outside of the best ones. A team behind Canada Netherlands Scotland and Bermuda is just not going to set the world on fire with an upset against Pakistan in 20/20 IMO. It could happen, but I really really doubt it, far less likely than what happened at the WC.

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