Confusion surrounded last weekâ€™s announcement, as part of the ICCâ€™s new Future Tours Programme, of the next instalment of the Afro-Asia Cup. The Cup was first played last August in South Africa between sides from the two continents and was accorded full one-day status by the ICC.
Although it raised funds for the Africa Cricket Association (ACA) and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) the two split around $1 million there were question marks over its future, especially as crowds at the three matches were desultory. What is more, the tournament was the brainchild of Jagmohan Dalimya, and as such was believed to be in doubt following his removal from power.
As recently as a fortnight ago, a spokesman for the ACC told Cricinfo that â€œthe Afro-Asia Cup is not taking place this yearâ€ but added that he was confident it would return in 2007. And last week a senior African administrator told Cricinfo that the event was certainly not happening in 2006, and he cited the packed schedule of the Indian side as the main reason. The ICCâ€™s announcement, therefore, caught many on the hop, and given the current debate over player burnout, it was even more surprising to see it earmarked to take place in the week between the end of the ICC Champions Trophy and the start of Indiaâ€™s tour of South Africa and Pakistanâ€™s home series with West Indies.
It now seems that the event, consisting of three day-night matches, is being planned to take place in India in the last week of September, between the recently-announced India-West Indies ODIs in North America and the start of the Champions Trophy.
It is believed that the Indian board were against the continuation of the event, but, as one administrator admitted, there was more involved than cricket. â€œYou have to recognise that there are serious politics at play,â€ he explained, â€œas well as some personal agenda-settling.â€
It seems that support for the World Cup bid was tied in with the decision, which was made during the recent ICC executive board meeting in Dubai, and also that the TV company who had signed a three-year deal to broadcast the tournament also had their say. So the Afro-Asia Cup continues. The third event is set to happen in early June 2007 back in Africa.
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