“Qualifying” round- Champions Trophy
Posted by Sports Snob on October 10, 2006
Zimbabwe is on 8/3 chasing 286 for victory.
There are actually qualifying rounds featuring Zimbabwe? Standards in cricket have fallen, haven’t they? If a team consistently makes runs only in two digits, they really should not be playing international cricket. This is a waste of spectators’ time and money and a sham under the name of international cricket.
I am not opposed to qualifying rounds per se. But greater care must be exercised in determining if there really is a point in playing these games. Otherwise, we are just throwing away practice games to two teams. And on current form, WestIndies and SriLanka don’t really need it. And again, Zimbabwe is incapable of providing any international team decent competition on a regular basis with their current team.
In fact, these matches are as short as 20-20 games if Zimbabwe bats first. I think 20-20 will be the direction of the sport. 20-20 matches featuring international teams will be more frequent in the next few years. And these will go a long way in hiding the difference in class between teams. But then 20-20 cricket is a topic for a future post.
Till then, we are taking volunteers to play practice games against international teams :).