|Narine...forced to play for Kolkata and not T&T|
The tournament is owned by our good friends the BCCI (more about them later), Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa. Funnily enough they also own the tv rights, hence why the Aussies have never hosted it due to cricket mad India not being awake unless the Aussies agreed to play games in the middle of the night.
Amazingly the nations from these countries also seem to qualify directly into the main tournament, leaving others to qualify. That includes two from England, previous holders of the ICC World T20 tournament, and one each from West Indies and Sri Lanka. Yes, that would be the finalists of the international tournament of exactly the same format that just finished last week, providing by far the best players in the tournament. The Saffas and Aussies have two sides apiece going straight in, no qualification, whilst our good friends from India, just get the mere four!
The BCCI, now thinks it is some sort of world super power in my own personal opinion, throwing their weight around like a spoilt child, and telling the world "it is my bat and my ball, and we will play our way". This is the country who were shouting the loudest against the South African system of apartheid, and rightly so given the discriminatory nature of that vile regime, although conveniently sweeps under the carpet their very own caste system, one of equal discrimination.
They have become the reason why people dislike the USA, a playground bully and more powerful now than the MCC or even, some would say, the ICC. The ECB have their tongue so far up the arse of the BCCI, that they can still taste our good friend Allen Stanford. Money talks!
In fact the BCCI have even gone as far as forcing certain West Indian players to play for their IPL teams, rumours reaching us that their contracts would be ripped up otherwise. Strangely, in another tactic of showing their strength, Trinidad and Tobago the most successful team in the history of this short lived tournament, have to qualify so that Mumbai Indians can get an automatic place.
Before anyone accuses me of being anti Indian, I can assure you I am not. I just hate people throwing their weight around and using their muscle to force the smaller guy to co-operate.
Anyway, onto to the tournament. England have provided our good friends from 'oop north in Yorkshire and those from the South Coast in Hampshire. They won the right to be there by virtue of their results in the domestic tournament. Hampshire, having lost the first game look like they are doomed. Fly round the world, do not pass go, do not collect £200 and off you fuck. The Indians must have their teams playing you see.
As with all things razzmatazz, Yorkshire, where the people are most unrazzmatazzish (????) have become Yorkshire Carnegie, although our friend Fred Boycott wanted them to become the #Yorkshirediggers. Hampshire are the Hampshire Hawks. The other teams looking to qualify are, Auckland Aces, Trinidad and Tobago, Uva Next from Sri Lanka, who sound more like a cross between a paramilitary organisation from Northern Ireland and a retail outlet, and the first Pakistani team to take part in this tournament, the Sialkot Stallions.
|Maynard...coach of the Titans|
Straight through to the main tournament are, the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers from Australia. From South Africa we have the Highveld Lions, and the Titans coached by our good friend Matt Maynard, who did a hilarious interview in our upcoming book, Cricket Banter. If an English side can't win it, then let's hope the boys from Nashua do. From India, we have the Delhi Daredevils, the Chennai Super Kings, our good friends the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Whoever wins this tournament on October 28th now, I quite frankly do not give a flying fuck. The competition, if that is what you call it, stinks - ruined by corporate greed. Although T20 cricket is here to stay and is a great money spinner for the counties, cricket is in danger of over killing the goose that laid the golden egg.