|ICC associate nation|
The first issue is the fate of the associate nations, the so-called minnows and the reduction of the size of the CWC next time round. FB has thought long and hard about this. Extra biscuits were required. Notwithstanding the mismatches he thinks it wholly undermines the point of world wide cricket development for the associates not to have the opportunity to play in CWC - the challenge is not to eliminate them but to bring their standards nearer to the big boys so that they can compete. There is no substitute in this for playing the big boys however uncomfortable big defeats are. Giving them a place at T20 is fine, but it would achieve nothing if it distorts cricket development in the associates to T20 style.
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not attending CWC 2011
But in a rare foray as an original thinker, and fueled by yet more biscuits, Fantasy Bob presents his solution to these problems. It will keep everyone satisfied. The big boys don't want to play the small boys. Fine. The big boys don't like the middle overs. Fine. The powers-that-be want only T20 for the small boys. Fine.
Here is the new competition structure he proposes for CWC 2015 which matches all the objectives, at the same time bringing all the cricket nations together.
Each tie will be comprise 50 overs.
First inningsIn later rounds of the competition the scores will be aggregated so that A+X will be compared with B+Y and the higher aggregate wins. This will force Big Boys to nurture the skills of Small Boys.
First 15 overs - Big Boy A will bowl at Big Boy B
Middle 20 - Small boy X will bowl at Small Boy Y
Last 15 overs - Big Boy A will bowl at Big Boy B
First 15 overs - Big Boy B will bowl at Big Boy A
Middle 20 - Small boy Y will bowl at Small Boy X
Last 15 overs - Big Boy B will bowl at Big Boy A
Test match Quality thinking! FB is available for any strategic consultancy assignment.