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Ireland and Afghanistan now both Test cricket nations

In an unprecedented move, the  International Cricket Council (ICC) have upgraded both Afghanistan and Ireland to “Test Cricket status”, up from next level of “Associate nations”, joining the other ten (10) full test playing nations of

  1. England – 1877
  2. Australia – 1877
  3. South Africa – 1889 (12 years later)
  4. West Indies – 1928 (39 years later)
  5. New Zealand – 1930 (2 years later)
  6. India – 1932 ( 2 years later)
  7. Pakistan – 1952 (20 years later)
  8. Sri Lanka – 1982 (30 years later)
  9. Zimbabwe – 1992 (10 years later)
  10. Bangladesh – 2000 (8 years later)

This marked the first time since cricket competition began with England and Australia in 1877 that 2 teams have been voted in together.  \

Ireland has beaten 3 test teams (Pakistan, England, and West Indies) in prior World Cups. Afghanistan was able to win an ODI (One Day International) match just about 2 weeks ago over the West Indies, in a drawn series.

Congrats to Ireland and Afghanistan.

 

West Indies pulls out win from draw… from defeat
November 17, 2012
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A great 5-for performance by pacer Tino Best, along with help from newcomer Veerasammy Permaul (3-32) was enough to give the West Indies a 1-0 lead in the 2-Test series against Bangladesh in Bangladesh.

I would be unfair if I didn’t mention the great Shiv Chanderpaul whose first inning double-century, an unbeaten 203 runs, did the tourists a lot of justice.  But, the match belonged to man-of-the match and youngster, Kieran Powell, who made 117 and 108 runs respectively.

In a match where 2 of the 3 master batsmen (Jamaicans Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels) failed in both innings, and rising star, spinner, Sunil Narine only picked up 3 wickets for 204 runs, it was those 4 (Chanders, Powell, Best, and Permaul) who combined to pulled out the improbable win.

This match is heading for a draw

day 1 – West Indies 1st innings 361-4 (things looking good for West Indies on batting pitch)
day 2 – Bangladesh 1st innings 164-3 (things looking great for West Indies, declaring at 527-4)
day 3 – Bangladesh 1st innings 455-6 (Bangladesh fights back nicely– match heading for draw?)
day 4 – West Indies 2nd innings 244-6 (Bangladesh all out for 556, leads by 29 runs — certain draw?)

Wait !!! West Indies should lose

day 5 part 1 – Bangladesh 2nd innings 167 (West indies all out for 273 early, Bangladesh needs only 245 to win. Easy right?)
day 5 part 2 – Not an easy win… In fact NO! Tino was at his best on a pitch that started to crack on day 4 bagging 5 for 24, skittling the home side out for 167 and giving his West Indian team an improbable 77 run win.

Congratulations to the Darren Sammy-led West Indian team.  Next test is on Wednesday Bangladesh time (Tuesday night Eastern Standard Time) .

West Indies comes “alive” against Bangladesh
November 2, 2011
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West Indies showed a bit of batting from the likes of Kevin Edwards and Darren Bravo to win the 2nd Test match against lowly “newcomers” Bangladesh, winning the Test series 1-0 in the process.

The bowling was good but the batting didn’t let them down this time.  In the end the West Indies won by 229 runs, not exactly a great feat by any stretch of the imagination, but commendable.

www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-v-west-indies-2011

Next up in the Sub-Continent for the West Indies is the mighty Indians who just come off a series with the touring English team.

Congratulations to the West Indies.  If, without Gayle and Sarwan, the West Indies can do something against India in India they will gain some credibility immediately.  The reason?  India has become deadly at home in recent time.