Second XI has a foreword by Gideon Haigh, and has contributions by some fine writers. Stories of the struggles encountered such as the Afghanistan player who grew up on a refugee camp, the player drain from countries such as Ireland to England are only part of the book and I will leave you to have a read to find out more. The Dutch beating England last year, Kenya getting to the semi final a few years ago, that Kevin O'Brien hundred, the Associate countries have come along way since East Africa or Canada were the whipping boys of the 75 or 79 World Cups.
The ICC need to have a look at themselves and open up this small, closed shop that they are currently running because cricket is not just about the revenues brought in by television rights. It is about these guys, playing the game often from the heart and being involved in the game, purely for the love of it. Economic struggles abound so much, one of the authors could change his name to The Cricket Greek. Cricket is even played on Corfu, I believe.
The little guys have shown that they are capable of beating the big boys and for me, the best game of this tournament has been watching the Irish squeeze past the plucky UAE. Let's spread the game around the world and not just keep it confined to a small few.
I wish these guys every success with this book, as they have thought about it, and it is different. Read it for yourselves and you will see why...
Meanwhile, I'll see you for a Guinness in Dublin for the World Cup final. Ireland v Afghanistan anyone?