Why the associates have sent a strong message to the ICC: “don’t take away our spots in the World Cup.”
It took just five matches before an associate nation decided that sitting in the shadows was going to be a thing of the past.
That team was Ireland, whose emphatic win against the West Indies was a testament to four years of hard work leading up to the World Cup. No longer was such a win an upset, instead the premise of building an organisation that wanted to achieve success. Ireland made the history books well before that though, beating England in 2011 and Pakistan in 2007 – something no-one was expecting at the time. Continue reading CWC 2015: Associates tell ICC cutting World Cup teams is wrong→
It is a devastating prospect to even contemplate; those “running the game” (think ICC, BCCI etc) have their wallets lined, yet “behind the scenes” it is chaotic. Corruption investigations galore, everywhere you turn.
There is no doubt that “money talks” in the international sporting world. Unfortunately, to the detriment of the game, it extends beyond this realm, even digging into domestic and local matches and events.
(This is a chronicle of my journalism adventure, and where the passion started)
In August of 2012 I had a bright idea. After hearing about some friends in my university course wanting to start up a sport blog/website, I wanted in on the fun; but instead I took it down my own path. I am very glad I did.
I don’t envy the job sport referees, umpires and judges have. They must make split second decisions under pressure, and they make them numerous times in a game.
Being able to make these decisions is a burden unto itself. Faced with two teams on the field, the umpire must be the principle instigator of ensuring said teams play the game in a fair and sportsmenlike manner. At times you are faced with player arguments, heated battles and a lot of noise directed towards you.