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    The big boys don't want us to play with them I guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Absolutely disgusting and short sighted. Even more stupidly, they're looking to try and flog the dead Cricket USA horse. There's more people playing cricket in the USA than Zimbabwe - so they're worth pursuing. Utter codswallop and rusty rollocks. Strip out the ex-pats and see what you're left with. The ICC's obsession with the USA reminds me of Napoleon and Hitler's folly with trying to invade Russia. It'll never work. Sometimes you have to wonder at the sanity of the people running the game - this is one of those moments. A load of crusty old codgers in shiny-arsed suits trying to cream as much money as possible from something good so they can justify their ever-increasing salary packages.
    You forgot to mention how they're always sitting around in air conditioned rooms
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    Srinivassan who was booed at the World cup ceremony said he wants 10 teams,what he says is what he gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Ireland or Zimbabwe maybe. Don't have too much hope with Afghanistan. Not convinced their batting would match up, even in more friendlier subcontinental conditions.
    You think Zimbabwe will get knocked out by Zimbabwe?
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    I think Ireland or Zimbabwe has a better chance ahead than Afghanistan. Would be surprised if Afghanistan gets through.

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    Just such a waste to lock them out.

    Why does the ICC spend so much money on promoting the game - Which they do do as far as I know - but undo all the good work by not allowing them to compete in the most important cricketing event.

    I just dont understand it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    I think Ireland or Zimbabwe has a better chance ahead than Afghanistan. Would be surprised if Afghanistan gets through.
    4 years is quite a long time you know.

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    What I would like to see, but know will never happen, is with the next 2 world cups hosted by England then India - that the small 7 threaten to boycott. Based on undemocratic governance. Etc etc. With the treatment of associates being the 'trigger'.

    But as if those 7 could keep it together.

    I'd assume there will be a lot of money going into BCCI administrators pockets in 2023, threatening to scupper that is the only leverage left.

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    Dont see it happening.

    Well there are 16 teams in the 2020 WC atleast.

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    I don't have so much issue with associates not getting in the WC (although 10 teams is too little) as I do with bigger teams not playing them. I can understand wanting the best quality cricket in the WC but then you have to compensate the associates with tours and games against them, if they keep playing each other they're not gonna get that much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contra View Post
    I don't have so much issue with associates not getting in the WC (although 10 teams is too little) as I do with bigger teams not playing them. I can understand wanting the best quality cricket in the WC but then you have to compensate the associates with tours and games against them, if they keep playing each other they're not gonna get that much better.
    Yeah, but e.g. watching an ODI series v Sri Lanka, 2 years out from the World Cup, during monsoon season, where we have sent our best players home early anyway as 'playing all 3 forms creates burnout' - is no sacred cow.

    ODIs pretty much suck anyway for 47 out of each 48 month cycle. I wouldn't be upset if my team had to play a series in Ireland in amongst that dirge.

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    Isn't there 10 teams for the T20 world cup,and a qualifier of for Bangers,Zimbabwe and the minnows,don't think it has changed.
    Dave Richardson on the 10 sides idea wants USA to compete but thats not going to happem.

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