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Associates ODI draft


Cricketer Of The Year
1 William Porterfield
2 Rizwan Cheema
3 Andrew Balbirnie
4 Andy Flower
5 Collins Obuya
6 Thomas Odoyo
7 Gulbadin Naib
8 George Dockrell
9 Josh Davey
10 Tim Murtagh
11 Shapoor Zadran

Batting till 9 and 8 bowling options with 6 all-rounders in the team. Shapoor and Davey to open with Murtagh and Odoyo to follow. Collins Obuya and Dockrell to then form a spin partnership. Naib and Cheema can bowl if required.

Cheema and Odoyo can strike hard while the others in top 6 play long. Plenty of experience there with all of the top 8 having captained their countries for a long time.
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Line and Length

International Captain
1. Paul Stirling (Ire) /o 5047 runs @ 38.82 SR 86.4, 12 centuries; 43w @ 45.16 ER 4.77
2. Mohammad Shahzad (Afg) /wk 2727 @33.67 SR 88.48, 6 centuries
3. Jean Pierre Kotze (Nam) / 299 @ 37.38 SR 88.72, 1 century
4. Hashmatullah Shahidi (Afg) / 1344 @ 32.78 SR 65.27, 12 half centuries
5. Samullah Shinwari (Afg) /o 1811 @ 29.21 SR 65.50, 11 half centuries; 45w @ 38.44 ER 4.92
6. Simi Singh (Ire) /o 547 @ 22.79 SR 70.95, 1 century; 37w @ 24.54 ER 3.86
7. John Mooney (Ire) /o 963 @ 23.49 SR 79.26; 48w @ 34.06 ER 5.46
8. Billy Stelling (Neth) /o 180 @ 30.00 SR 66.18; 22w @ 25.77 ER 4.87
9. Craig Wright (Scot) o 240 @ 16.00 SR 68.38; 29w @ 22.86 ER 4.62
10. Aftab Alam (Afg) o 80 @ 11.43 SR 74.77; 41w @ 25.20 ER 4.93
11. Saurabh Netravalkar (US) o 92 @ 13.14 SR 63.45; 31w @16.68 ER 3.47

I certainly broadened my knowledge of ODI players doing this draft. Quite happy with the result, even though I didn;t cast my net as wide as others.

The openers are proven bats with centuries to their name. The side bats strongly down to #8 and the tailenders are quite capable of runs if required.

Paul Stirling will captain the said as he has a 100% win record (from limited opportunities).

There are 8 bowling options with 5 medium to medium fast including Netravalkar who offers left arm variety at a good economy rate. The side has 3 spinners including 2 ‘offies’ and a ‘leggie’. Both Stirling and Singh were named in the ICC ODI Team of the Year (2021).


International Vice-Captain
Khaled Mahmud

Alistair Campbell
Sidath Wettimuny
Habibul Bashar
Niall O'Brien (wk)
Arjuna Ranatunga (c) (5)
Athar Ali Khan
Michael Rippon (6)
Khaled Mahmud (3)
Trent Johnston (2)
Mohammad Rafique (4)
Naveen-ul-Haq (1)

Happy with my lineup, star power and an inspirational captain in Ranatunga who can contribute with bat and at this level even more so with ball. Very happy with my top 6 and also good batting depth with only Naveen-ul-Haq not being somewhat adequate with the bat.

Bowling lineup perhaps lacks the star power of some other lineups but have unconventional left arm wrist spin in Michael Rippon who also averages just under 29 with the bat in FC Cricket and under 32 in List A cricket. Mohammad Rafique a 125 ODI stalwart for Bangladesh provides our other spin option. Naveen-ul-Haq without the longevity but has started promisingly in ODI cricket for Afghanistan and is partnered by experienced and capable seam options who can also bat in Khaled Mahmud and Trent Johnston - the former's record arguably better than it looks given the number of games played against full-member nations.


International Captain
Kyle CoetzerScot2604 runs @ 42, SR 84A leading associate opener of past 10+ years
John DavisonCan799@26, SR 104, 36 wkts @29Hero of the 2003 WC, excellent SR
Rahmat ShahAfg2723@36, SR 70#1 current Afg batsman with 5 centuries
Anura TennekoonSL137@34, SR 66SL's leading batsman of the 70s
Najibullah ZadranAfg1837@31, SR 89Good hitter down the order for Afg
Paras Khadka cNep315@35, SR 79, 9 wkts at 27Allrounder who carried Nepal for many years
Matthew CrossScot1259@23, SR 73Solid Scottish keeper/bat
Anderson CumminsCan91 wkts @3178 wkts for WI @28 in the 90s, before some late-career appearances for Canada
Peter OngondoKen78 wkts @30Kenyan opening bowler of the 2000s
Mujeeb ur RahmanAfg78 wkts @22Afghan spinning star
Bilal KhanOman48 wkts @20Left arm star of recent associate tournaments


Hall of Fame Member
John Traicos to captain and provide economical bowling

Kennedy Otenio +
Ravindu Shah
Roy Dias
David Hemp
Maurice Odumbe 7
Richie Berrington 6
Kevin Curran 3
Somachandra De Silva 4
Eddo Brandes 1
John Traicos 5 *
Boyd Rankin 2

The writeup:

Solid opening pair for Kenya who both relatively consistently notched up WC fifties against test nations. Ravindu Shah's cricinfo profile mentions after his '03 performance where he was Kenya's leading run scorer he was being talked about as the best batsman outside of test cricket. Otenio was up and down but kept finding ways to peel off good 50s against sides such as India, Sri Lanka, Australia(in '96) etc.

Roy Dias was Sri Lanka's greatest ODI batsman until Ranatunga and De Silva hit their stride. He had a respectable return against test nations at world cups as well as 3 test centuries in a small amount of tests.

David Hemp was a very solid county performer with 30 tons who's one WC brought a good knock against India, Bermuda's only notable batsman.

Odumbe was only slightly behind Tikolo, and got a MOM performance in each of the '96, '99 and '03 WC's, showing he knew how to hang with the big boys

Berrington is a Scottish batting staple who also bowls handy pace.

Kevin Curran had a great domestic english record as an allrounder without getting the chance to shine much internationally. A budget Mike Procter.

Somachandra was arguably Sri Lanka's greatest spinner before Murali

Eddo Brandes is worthy of Zimbabwe's ODI ATG XI and has a good ODI record against test nations, maybe the most distinguished quick available in the draft. Took 11 ODI wickets @ 9 against England.

John Traicos doesn't have the best record but he was a good fielder, notably tight offspiner and a super experienced journeyman and option for captain.

Boyd Rankin is well known as one of the best associate pacemen and was good enough to play tests for England.
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