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    October 10, 2006

    A waste of time

    Anyone else who thinks that six games, pitting Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies & Zimbabwe to find out who the best two are, is pretty pointless?

    If the ICC had a cut-off of eight teams for the ICC Champions Trophy, why didn't they just pick the first eight teams in the list and get the competition moving, rather than an extra stage?

    At no point of time in the history of the ICC's rankings have Bangladesh or Zimbabwe come anywhere close to the top 8.

    Aside from the once-a-year superlative performance resulting in wins against Pakistan, India, Australia & Sri Lanka, Bangladesh has been pathetic. Zimbabwe has been equally bad, and the fact that it beat Bangladesh in a one-day series does nothing to indicate any sort of ability to play with the other higher-ranked teams.

    The ICC Champions Trophy really ought to be called the ICC Champions Atrophy!

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    cant agree with you more.

    By Blogger Ganesh (10-Oct-2006, 1:17:00 PM)  

    And even worse, the ICC would have saved money by _not_ holding these games. It pays the hosting association for each game. The revenues it'd have got would have been more or less the same. Given that sponsors focus on TV audience, there's bound to be minimal viewing of ads by TV viewers since almost no one would give a %(@k about these prelim games.

    By Blogger Jagadish (10-Oct-2006, 2:06:00 PM)  

    Completely and utterly pointless. Personally I think the whole bloody trophy is pointless but that's really a different matter. At least it looks as though Sri lanka and the Windies will go through.

    By Anonymous Matt Thornton (11-Oct-2006, 5:37:00 PM)  

    matt: It was always going to be bloody obvious. The better option would have been to restrict the tournament to the top six teams and play a round-robin and then 2 semis and a final which works out to 18 games, 3 less than at present and far more competitive!

    By Blogger Jagadish (11-Oct-2006, 6:56:00 PM)  

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