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Eshen
June 27, 2008, 05:06 AM
Found this article on net. I think the author raises some valid questions.

Who needs the Asia Cup?

by Rajshekhar Rao

http://www.cricketnext.com/columns/crajshekharrao/686/32411/who-needs-the-asia-cup.html

The Asia Cup is akin to an unexciting movie being played in a ramshackle.

It is ill-timed not just because of the oppressive conditions but also as it is placed in the inevitable stillness that follows the IPL extravaganza. And all we are assured of are a deluge of no-contests.

The prospect of a couple of mouth-watering India-Pakistan contests might prop up the tournament, but the bare stands during a majority of matches don’t speak well about the tournament. After all, the likes of the UAE and Hong Kong merely make up the numbers while Bangladesh’s victories have been too few and far between. The moot question here is do we need the tournament at all?

The international calendar can’t get any busier, especially with the inundation of T20 matches. At a time when the international body should be thinking of cutting down on One Day Internationals, one wonders what good such a tournament will do except get in a little extra revenue.

The threat of dilution because of too much cricket is on two fronts – the first is of overkill and the second of players’ injuries. Both are detrimental in the long run and tournaments like the Asia Cup, or for that matter an inconsequential tri-series, form an ill wind that blows no one any good.

The frequency of the Asia Cup has been irregular over the years and there has been confusion over the hosts once too often. Even this edition looked all set to move to Sri Lanka or Bangladesh earlier this year but Pakistan finally got to organise it, a dry run ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy. And Karachi is playing host to all but three preliminary league matches only because the sea breeze is likely to ensure less distress on the field.

What the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) needs to do in such a scenario is concentrate on tournaments for youth teams and have a showpiece event that is able to generate both interest and money by virtue of being a quality tournament. Having a qualifying league for the fourth team would be a good idea.

Concentrating on youth would help develop the game, the qualifying league would give the lowly teams something to fight for, while the main event would have some pull and not be a tournament with inconsequential preliminary and semifinal league matches.

In fact, lop-sided affairs are something that needs to be tackled with all seriousness, not just by the ACC but also the ICC. Most matches in the first stage of the World Cup are anything but exciting. In contrast to a World Cup like that of football, where the best of teams come through a grueling qualifying system, the showpiece event in cricket sees greenhorns vie with top cricketers of the world. The odd victory for a team like Ireland may not do much good to their players while the World Cup runs the risk of being reduced to no-contests early on.

In other words, while football officials ensure that the best play in the World Cup, in cricket, World Cup appearances are handed out to greenhorns. The earlier cricket authorities show the willingness to tackle the scourge of one-sided matches, the better it will be for the game.

Eshen
June 27, 2008, 05:08 AM
Posted : By Naresh

MR Rao is cricket only for you, see every country wants to play cricket, we shoudl give chance to them.think of our position in football, why we still lack to be a leading foot ball team? it is becos of the lack of exposure about the game among indians and lack of oppurtunities for playing against tough nations and tough conditions.In a similar way growing cricket playing countries should also have atleast 2 to 3 tournaments to play where in they get the exposure to play cricket.If india was not included in the world cup and if it did not win in 1983, will you or me be here talking about this, best example is srilanka, they were no threat before 95-96, think of them now, they are a world class team, sinmple reason they got enough international exposure.Give oppurtunity to all countries they will prove they can play cricket too, who knows hong kong/uae may b world champions in 2015 world cup.


Posted : By Abhishek Kishore

When India won the World Cup in 1983 they were rated the same as Bangladesh is rated in International cricket now but a win in 83 World Cup propelled India to a different level altogehter and this applies to Sri Lanka too. These kind of tournaments help in exposing the new teams to international standards of competition which can only do good for these (new)teams. Also I think it would be more exciting if there are more than 11 or 12 test playing nations as the whole concept of sports is nothing but competition which should be promoted by organising more tournaments like Asia Cup.


Posted : By Shashi

I think the whole of India deserves a break of atleast 2-3 months from cricket. There''s been too much of cricket recently and the enthusiasm around matches seems to be diminishing. Even the Indo-Pak contests have become boring.


Posted : By Sandeep

The idea of an ACC series for youth as a replacement is the best one that has been put forward. In that way the youth of the countries can get exposure at a better level outside the youth world event.So far the teams in this event - even India vs Pakistan - look either jaded or displaced. Watching a so-call ''mystery'' bowler as they are calling Mendis, has his bowling averages boosted by taking wickets against novices as UAE.It was in part a parctice match and the bowler learnt nothing for the real challenge to faces him.


Posted : By DVR

I agree that such tournaments with non test playing nations shal not be taken as internatuional first class matches for records, individual as well as team success etc. These teams may be allowed to tour the ountries and play with our B teams till they come up to the mark. There can be advantages for our B teams also by way of income for players.

Kabir
June 27, 2008, 08:39 AM
I want an Asia cup with the IPL-type cheerleaders.
Is it possible?

Oh damn...it's Pak. Boma maira uray dibe.

Alien
June 27, 2008, 08:53 AM
Oh damn...it's Pak. Boma maira uray dibe.

We could do with some Taliban made potka baji after final match.

AsifTheManRahman
June 27, 2008, 09:28 AM
I remember reading another interesting article on the same topic at cricinfo. I am of the opinion that the timing of the tournament is all very wrong - on one hand you have the mighty India and its craze over the IPL, unnecessarily trying to prove a point in a very boring format of the game in the aftermath of a fluke loss to Pakistan a week earlier, and on the other, a bunch of minnows with no real goal going into the competition. Finally, poor Sri Lanka's sitting in the middle trying to regain some sort of form.

Doesn't matter what the outcome of the tournament is - India's pretty far ahead of the other teams at this point.

BANFAN
June 27, 2008, 12:54 PM
Found this article on net. I think the author raises some valid questions.

Who needs the Asia Cup?

by Rajshekhar Rao

The Asia Cup is akin to an unexciting movie being played in a ramshackle.

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In other words, while football officials ensure that the best play in the World Cup, in cricket, World Cup appearances are handed out to greenhorns. The earlier cricket authorities show the willingness to tackle the scourge of one-sided matches, the better it will be for the game.

Mr. Rao is trying to make a place in IPL for himself.

Asian teams have struggled to put up a good fight against the teams like Brazil and Argentina or Europen team for that matter, untill recently. But they never raised a point with that. I don't understand what's the problem with these ba**ards, if other teams are weak, they are loosing against you, what's the problem?

There was a time when England refused to host India, because they won't attract spectators in one days. They turned in over after WC 1983. They called Eng rascists and what not, now they have started doing the same. Everyone can't manage fame, ind is failing to handle the situation they are suddenly in. It will only damage them in the long run.

Eshen
June 27, 2008, 03:02 PM
IMO, this Asia Cup has become meaningless not so much because of participation of minnows, but because of complete dead tracks are being used here. Because of flat pitches, bowlers of six teams have come down to similar standards. A cricket match is supposed to consists of duels between bowlers and batsmen, but this Asia Cup has very much became the competition among sloggers. If organizers intend to make this tournament interesting and meaningful, they first need to prepare sporting pitches.

One World
June 27, 2008, 03:21 PM
Adding thorn to vice, India does not seem to be the favourite.

CHABAN
July 6, 2008, 05:44 AM
There was a time when England refused to host India, because they won't attract spectators in one days. They turned in over after WC 1983. They called Eng rascists and what not, now they have started doing the same. Everyone can't manage fame, ind is failing to handle the situation they are suddenly in. It will only damage them in the long run.[/QUOTE]


Without India's support Zim would have been out of ICC. Without Zim in ICC, Asian countries would have been a minority and then BD would have been thrown out for poor achievement in International cricket. BD cricket gets nothing out of visiting India, India's visit to BD provides the board much needed fund to develop their cricket. India have toured BD twice in the last year. If BCCI did not have the power, BD would be playing Associate nations for most of the year.

mahbubH
July 6, 2008, 06:11 AM
Without India's support Zim would have been out of ICC. Without Zim in ICC, Asian countries would have been a minority and then BD would have been thrown out for poor achievement in International cricket. BD cricket gets nothing out of visiting India, India's visit to BD provides the board much needed fund to develop their cricket. India have toured BD twice in the last year. If BCCI did not have the power, BD would be playing Associate nations for most of the year.

I got your point without BCCI's support we and Zimbo, would not be here. What do you think India is getting from keeping these two in ICC? Probably they are getting something important for which they are keeping BD/Zimbo in ICC and I am sure this is not brotherly love!!

Tehsin
July 7, 2008, 11:01 AM
Re - Post from Sandeep. Mendis did not learn anything from the 6 for 13. What a 'useless' tournament. He did get to fatten his avg by playing teams like India and Pakistan. He only got two against BD. :)

Yes, the timing was bad. But it was good for all teams. Mendis, Jayasuriya, Sehwag, and Raina had an excellent tournament. The fans had fun watching some high scoring matches.


Kabir, the IPL cheerleaders were crap. In a bid to 'not copy' everything US, IPL brought in those cheap imports from some Russian village. They could neither cheer, nor dance. They were however GORA. I am assuming that's all the public needed to get them excited.

Tigers_eye
July 7, 2008, 11:20 AM
Asia cup should continue. But in a different time of the year. No one can deny the chances that chamara, Jamshed, kapugedera, Mendis, and the entire India and bangladeshi team got.

Fazal
July 9, 2008, 03:09 PM
I want an Asia cup with the IPL-type cheerleaders.
Is it possible?

Oh damn...it's Pak. Boma maira uray dibe.

As long as the cheer leaders wear bhorkha, it should be ok in Pak.