The next stage (Divison 4) of the inaccurately-named World Cricket League gets underway tomorrow, with Jersey and Afghanistan (qualifiers from Division 5 – see highlights here) joining Hong Kong, Italy, Fiji and hosts Tanzania in the battle for two spots in the Division 3 tournament (to be held in Buenos Aires).
- Jersey‘s squad has four sets of brothers, and are coached by Gary Kirsten‘s half-brother, Peter. They beat Fiji in a warm-up game, and will have high hopes of success.
- Afghanistan have a brand-new coach in Kabir Khan, and will have the support of many neutrals due to the obvious obstacles the team have faced.
- Hong Kong did okay in the Asia Cup, with Nadeem Ahmed in particular catching some people’s attention.
- Italy has an interesting cricketing history, but none of the current crop have done much to attract my attention up until now. Here’s hoping that changes over the next few days.
- Tanzania will be hoping that home advantage has the same positive effect for them that it did for Jersey in Division 5, and following a reasonably successful tour of the UK they might not be too far wrong.
- Fiji are missing a key player in Neil Maxwell (who is also Brett Lee’s agent), so will be up against it. As with Italy, I’m hoping to learn something about Fijian cricket over the next couple of days.
For more on the tournament, including live coverage, go here.