Umpire gets the bullet
IT'S always a worry submitting an unfavourable report on an umpire. The last thing Hong Kong wants is to get a reputation for moaning.
It was, however, interesting to note that the Canadian umpire who officiated in the Kenya match has been replaced for the remainder of the tournament. The Kenya report on him was far more damning than ours.
The umpiring during the tournament has been inconsistent to say the least. The ICC are charging countries who did not bring umpires approximately GBP2,000.
Perhaps they should have used this money to bring a couple of first class umpires from England. They could have stood in various matches and the final.
They could have also held the odd umpires seminar, which would have been as useful as their presence out in the field. It is a pity that an opportunity to learn has been lost by umpires from the associate member nations.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh side are worried about returning home if they don't qualify. Apparently they have a safe house hidden away north of Dhaka, just in case. They have already had their cricket headquarters burned down.
Our boys are now wondering if the Hong Kong Cricket Club and Kowloon Cricket Club are still standing.