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    March 14, 2007

    Guest bloggers for the World Cup

    The World Cup kicked off yesterday, with West Indies becoming the first host team since England (1999) to win their opening game, against Pakistan.

    To provide a well rounded coverage of this tournament, Cricket 24x7 is very proud to present its list of guest bloggers for the World Cup.

    Beginning today, we'll have Reenen Laurie, Stuart Helwig, Zainub Razvi, Geoff and Sean providing us, and our readers, their takes on the tournament.

    Reenen Laurie ("Reenen's thoughts on things") has commented on these pages quite often and will be providing a South African angle. Sean ("Rain, No Play") runs a very interesting blog on Caribbean cricket and he'll be giving us a West Indian perspective. Stuart ("STUmpCam") blogged here during the Ashes and comes in with Australia having a fairly mixed record - winning two consecutive World Cups and losing five one-day internationals in a row (two to England & three to New Zealand - the last two teams Aussies would prefer losing to, if there was anything such as an Aussie preferring to lose). Zainub ("Sundries"), our first every guest blogger, will provide a Pakistani angle. We're also hoping she'll analyze hairdos and predict the way the tournament will pan out on that basis. Geoff will be providing us insights into the minnows (sic). I'll leave it to him to define that term :)

    This doesn't mean our guest bloggers only provide narrow perspectives based on where they are from or the team they support. We'll obviously have posts and discussions which aren't necessarily team-centric. As for me and Ganesh, we will also be posting. Guest bloggers provide us the ability to offer different perspectives to readers and given the timezone difference, it'd be very tough for Ganesh and me to blog at night!

    Over to you, folks.

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    Minnow: team with little ODI experience or ability; will not win the World Cup.

    There are four of them in Western Europe, and all of those have players playing county cricket. All have at least one player born in South Africa.

    By Blogger Geoff (14-Mar-2007, 4:36:00 PM)  

    Look forward to blogging with everyone else, thanks for the invitation Jag and Ganesh.

    By Blogger Zainub (14-Mar-2007, 6:23:00 PM)  

    geoff - I thought as much. Which is why I wanted you to spell it out :) Speaking of countries in Western Europe, Srikkanth (former India opener) blurted out in a TV show today that he never understood why there were separate teams for Scotland and Ireland when there was an England team anyway. Someone ought to teach him that there're differences between UK, Great Britain & England.

    By Blogger Jagadish (14-Mar-2007, 8:38:00 PM)  

    In fairness, the situation with sporting teams in the UK is utterly, hopelessly, confusing. For instance, Northern Ireland is separate from Ireland in football but not in rugby or cricket. England and Wales are separate in football and rugby but not in cricket. Some Welsh teams play in the English football league, and some play in the League of Wales. Glamorgan compete in the county championship as the only Welsh representative, but Scotland and Ireland compete as their national teams when they play county cricket. Wales occassionally play as a national team against England.

    I don't blame him for being confused :-)

    By Blogger Geoff (15-Mar-2007, 1:38:00 AM)  

    If the ECB is the England & Wales Cricket Board (and why doesn't that make it the EWCB?), this means they're responsible for England and Wales cricket (by virtue of Glamorgan being a domestic first-class side). So, if there's an England cricket team, there ought to be a Wales cricket team - or is that what we know as Glamorgan?

    By Blogger Jagadish (15-Mar-2007, 5:48:00 PM)  

    See, you don't know either!

    The 'England' team represents England and Wales, or the ECB, like the 'India' cricket team represents the BCCI. I don't know why it's called the ECB rather than EWCB, other than it being less cumbersome.

    Glamorgan are a Welsh county (actually, Glamorgan is now three administrative counties, but don't let that confuse things further) who play in the ECB's county championship. As the ECB covers England and Wales, there's no inconsistency here, although it might not seem that way. There's also a minor counties team covering the rest of Wales.

    But...there's also a Wales cricket team that pops up from time to time. They played England a couple of seasons running a few years ago, beating them once (thanks to a Glamorgan players who isn't Welsh, Michael Kasprowicz). They aren't and probably can't be a member of the ICC; I don't think they even have a board.

    Here's a scorecard.

    By Blogger Geoff (16-Mar-2007, 7:43:00 AM)  

    Sounds confusing. I suspect figuring out D/L is easier :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (16-Mar-2007, 9:43:00 AM)  

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