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Calling off World Cricket League tournament infuriates Danish cricketers
By Jørgen Jønsson
The International Cricket Council has tried for years to promote the United States as a potential cricket nation. But once again the Americans’ lack of proper organization has failed the ICC’s high hopes, not to mention the expectations of the countries participating in the cancelled World Cricket League Division Four tournament. The likes of Denmark, Nepal and Tanzania now find themselves in a lousy predicament.
According to the plans the Danish Cricket Association (DCF) received from the ICC, WCL Division Four was supposed to take place in late April and early May. DCF had rescheduled the national league and asked national squad members to reserve time off work in order to play at the tournament. Head coach Bret Mulder and assistant coach Graham Kinchington have been employed with a view to the tournament. Mulder's arrival in Denmark was timed to allow him to prepare the national side for the tournament.
One player, fast bowler Sair Anjum, is particularly affected by the cancellation having prolonged his medical school studies by six months so he could participate in the tournament. How could the ICC and America’s cricket administration be so reckless and irresponsible to cancel a world tournament two months before its start?
The ICC will decide when and where WCL Division Four is to be played at a meeting in May. Denmark cannot host the tournament as it does not have enough grass pitches. The host will likely be Singapore, Malaysia or Tanzania.
Surely the ICC has by now had enough experience with the United States cricket administration to refrain from promoting the country as a cricket nation.
This article originally appeared on www.cricket.dk in Danish. An English translation was provided and published with the permission of www.cricket.dk.