Notes from Outside the System: Sept. 17 – Sept. 24

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From SportsKeeda: “Ireland’s Gaby Lewis became the second youngest cricketer (male or female) to make an appearance in international cricket, when she took to the field against the South African women’s team last Tuesday. … Lewis was 13 years and 166 days during her debut T20 international, beating teammate Elena Tice to 2nd place on the list of youngest debutants in international cricket history. Tice had made her debut back in 2011 at the age of 13 years and 272 days. … Pakistan’s Sajjida Shah holds the record for being the youngest cricketer to feature at the international level, having made her debut at the age of 12 years and 271 days in 2000.”

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Sometimes I forget that Jersey is its own country (a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, to be exact). Via BBC Sport: “Jersey’s Lee Meloy has been named the International Cricket Council’s European coach of the year. Meloy, the island’s development officer, helped guide Jersey to inter-insular victory over Guernsey and was part of the support staff at World League Four in Singapore.
He also coached the Under-17s to success at European Division Two in Essex.” (Guernsey, on the other hand, is not part of the United Kingdom, but is a possession of the British Crown. Whatever that means.)

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Seriously. The cricket match at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is the goofiest thing anyone has ever done ever. I know I am beating a dead horse but I can’t over the lunacy. For a good cause though, I guess. An interview with one of the participants is posted on GiveMeSport.com.

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Can’t help but agree: “Ryan ten Doeschate is the best associate cricketer of our times,” according to SportsKeeda. “Even though he has not played a whole lot of international cricket, he has plied his trade against some of the best in the world, and has been successful in pretty much all conditions. With his record, one cannot help but feel that he would have probably had a good career had he chosen to play for South Africa too, but there is no doubt that he has been the best player of his generation from the associate nations.”

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The cricket at the 2014 Asian Games is happening right now. Cricinfo has coverage of the women’s (who are at the semi-final stage) and the men’s (whose fixtures start on Sept. 27).

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Blogger Tim Wigmore has a say about the farcical withdraw of the ODI status for the UAE vs. PNG matches over on Cricinfo: “The incident embodies the ICC’s obsession with the concept of status. When two national teams, no matter how weak, meet in any other sport, the game has full international status. Andorra against Luxembourg is a football international, in the same way that Germany against Brazil is. … Cricket takes a very different view. As one person who has been involved in cricket administration put it to me, there is a belief that extending Test status to Associate members would be ‘like dancing on the grave of Donald Bradman’. Such a belief dictates much of cricket’s thinking today: Afghanistan can play Ireland in a five-day game, in accordance with Test match rules, but it does not count as a Test.” The whole piece is worth your time.

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Finally, Malaysia – not Uganda – will be hosting the upcoming World Cricket League Division 3 tournament. Straight from the horse’s mouth: “Uganda was to host the six-team competition from 26 October to 2 November, however, due to a recent elevation in the ICC’s ongoing safety and security assessment level, it has been decided to relocate the event to the Malaysian capital.” Sad that we live in a world where a sport association has to have its own safety and security protocols.

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