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|Namibia Miffed with changed Norms of ICC|
|Pitched By Cricket360 Investigator|
|Thursday, 21 May 2009|
While the clamour for cricket is expanding around the world, countries like Namibia, which has been playing cricket for quite a long time is miffed at the decision taken by the International Cricket Council of changing the norms of Intercontinental Cup. According to Laurie Peters, the Chief Executive of Namibia cricket, this decision taken by the ICC has the potential to make a debilitating effect on cricket in his country.
Namibia is not happy with the ICC's decision to restructure the Intercontinental Cup. Namibia had already participated in the ICC World Cup qualifier where it had finished last in the ranking, and based on this performance it was hoping to obtain a place for itself in the 2009-10 Intercontinental Cup. However, after the matches have been completed, ICC has now remodeled the whole concept. As a result of this remodeling, Namibia, which had finished runners up in the 2007-08 event, have been relegated to a four-team second division known as Intercontinental Shield. To add salt to the injury, ICC has ruled out any upward or downward movement of the teams between the divisions.
While ICC may have taken this decision keeping in view the relative progress of Namibia, the Namibian authorities are of the view that the stand of ICC has to be viewed from a new perspective.
For the cricket authorities in Namibia the earlier set up provided them an opportunity to compete against the mainstream teams and it could have been used as a benchmark to test their preparedness. The new order where by Zimbabwe has also been brought into the Intercontinental Cup at the expense of an associate is a retrograde step feels Peters.
He is more worried about the fact that the decision of ICC could have a debilitating effect on the cricket scenario in Namibia. Namibia had taken quite a lot of interventions at the infrastructural levels as also developmental levels about cricket. This new development may lead to ebbing of the awareness, excitement and interest about cricket in Namibia. Now Namibia would not be able to have much international exposure as well and this could have an effect on the moral of the Namibian team.
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