How South Africa will win the next ICC cricket tournament

2012-10-05 07:16

Another week, another Protea team knocked out of an ICC Cricket tournament. This is becoming more regular than Gary Player on an All Bran diet. Where do we go from here? At our next dig at silverware do we assume the foetus position, suck our thumbs, lube up and hope for the best or do we go out there and do something about it? I think the latter may hold the key...

In order to win one of these bloody things, we may have to alter the 'rules of the game'. We only need to look at the BCCI's stubborn refusal to subject Sachin to DRS assisted LBW decisions to realise that this may indeed be possible. In a cricketing world where the Indian Premier League can be played by 45 year old Australians in South Africa impossible is nothing. Rule No. 1 - The Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin will host all games No rain! A covered roof takes Messrs Duckworth and Lewis out the equation one would think. There would also be no need for the use of Shaun Pollock's abacus. Sadly there would not be any 'dew factor' for Ravi Shastri to discuss, but he could perhaps discuss the use of technology in cricket for the 2 452 378th time. Reason: 1992 CWC, 2003 CWC Rule No. 2 - No Pool games

An ingenious move that would remove the possibility of not making it out of the pool stages. Pools are for swimming anyway. Reason: 2003 CWC, 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, 2009 ICC Champions Trophy Rule No. 3 - No Super Eights Another game changer. This would ensure that confidence is high going into the play-offs by ruling out the chances of losing to second tier sides like Zimbabwe in the Super 8's. It would also mean that one does not need to progress from the Super 8's to win the tournament. I always found that a strange situation. Reason: 1999 CWC, 2007 WT20, 2010 WT20, 2012 WT20 Rule No.4 - No Semi or quarter finals

Playoffs are for teams trying to avoid relegation aren't they? They are normally a lot more entertaining than the final it must be said so why don't we save all the excitement for the biggest game of the tournament. The final! This will include the top 2 ranked pre-tournament teams in terms of the ICC rankings. South Africa will make the final. Hell yes! Reason: 1996 CWC; 1999 CWC, 2000 ICC Champions Trophy, 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, 2006 ICC Champions Trophy,  2007 CWC, 2009 WT20, 2011 CWC Rule No.5 - In event of a tie/finishing within 150 runs/opponents reaching your score with less than 10 wickets in hand - world ranking comes into play

Fans want to see the best team in the world crowned champions don't they? This would ensure that last minute collapses or lack of form by the top ranked team wouldn't come into play thereby all but guaranteeing the best team wins. That's what sport is about isn't it?

Reason: too many to list

With these minor rules changes applied I have not doubt South Africa could well hoist the next ICC limited overs silverware high above their heads. With that monkey off our back, the possibilities for this team are endless. The devil is in the detail really and these details need to be changed.

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