OK, so the World T20 qualifier is done and dusted and for once your humble author got his predictions right with Bangladesh and Afghanistan making it through. The latter took their winner-takes-all game against Zimbabwe by the horns and batted them out of sight, making it five straight wins against them in the format. Unfortunately the round was truncated by rain and the ICC in their wisdom didn’t schedule reserve days, meaning some teams went out after losing one game. Which is a sick joke when you consider they now have four years to wait to try and qualify for another qualifier.
On that note, the associate captains have been vociferous in their condemnation of the format and the general treatment of Associates by the ICC, notably the lack of fixtures. Scotland captain Preston Mommsen led the way which was good to see. The albeit limited exposure received by the Associates should help to increase awareness a little but the fear is always that once the tournament is over the issues will be forgotten. The aim is to keep the fires burning, which I will endeavour to do.
The women’s World Cup begins tonight as well as the Super 10s, and the Australian women are firm favourites. Their overall strength in depth and level of experience is far greater than the other sides with the possible exception of England. New Zealand could be the surprise package and India are fast improving. Either England and the dashing West Indies should make up the semi-finals.