Canada or Asian Select?

HARARE - Just one player born in Canada featured in the team’s 111-run defeat to Zimbabwe A yesterday to further raise question marks over the eligibility debate that reoccurs frequently in international sport.

25-year-old batsman Usman Lambada was the only locally-based player in the eleven that played yesterday, with the rest being expatriates from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka alongside one who was born in Kuwait.

ICC are more relaxed on eligibility of players for national teams, and in some cases, players have turned out for two different countries after obtaining the qualification requirements inside a period of four years.

In Zimbabwe’s case, Graeme Hick – who played for the African side at the 1983 World Cup –changed allegiance to England and played 65 Test matches and 120 ODIs for England.

World governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) face a difficult task in spreading the passion of the game to non-traditional cricket-playing regions of the world, with many of the associate sides dominated by players born or originating from countries the game is more established.

Former Zimbabwe Test paceman Brighton Watambwa, for example, captains a Belgium side almost entirely consisting of players of Asian origin.

Under ICC player eligibility regulations states a player “shall be qualified to play for a National Cricket Federation where he/she satisfies at least one of the following requirements”:

1. the player was born in the relevant country;

2. the player is able to demonstrate (by his/her possession of a valid passport issued by the relevant country) that he/she is a national of the relevant country; or

3. the player is a resident of the relevant country, in other words:

3.1 the player has resided in the relevant country for a minimum of 183 days in each of the immediately preceding two years (female players only);

3.2 the player has resided in the relevant country for a minimum of 183 days in each of the immediately preceding four years (male players only); or

3.3 the player has resided in the relevant country for a minimum of 183 days in each of the immediately preceding seven years (male players only).

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 7 January 2015

Canada has a significant Indian population.....just saying

mukwerekwere - 7 January 2015

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