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    10 March, 2002  

    -- Saurabh Wahi

    Having spent sufficient time and effort in building the PWC for Test Matches, I will now try to see how one-day internationals can be accommodated in the schedule. To start with, I will again go back to the 9-team format, with Team X representing Bangladesh & Zimbabwe, and late expand it to 10-team format.

    According to the 9-team PWC format, each team hosts two Test series at home. If these series are hosted back-to-back, can we not have a triangular one-day series scheduled in-between? I am not proposing anything radical here. The Australians have been doing it since the mid-eighties. England has also adopted this format recently, and now and then, most countries have flirted with this format. The problem has been that without a well-structured Test schedule, these Triangular One-day tournaments have not been regulated. However, the PWC schedule would eliminate this problem and we would have a Triangular schedule that would look as follows:

    PWC - Triangular One-Day International Schedule - 9 teams

    Season 1
    Host Visiting Teams
    Australia Sri Lanka India
    England Australia West Indies
    India England Team X
    New Zealand Sri Lanka Team X
    Pakistan West Indies India
    South Africa Pakistan New Zealand
    Sri Lanka South Africa Pakistan
    Team X Australia England
    West Indies New Zealand South Africa
    Season 2
    Host Visiting Teams
    Australia New Zealand Pakistan
    England Sri Lanka South Africa
    India West Indies New Zealand
    New Zealand England Pakistan
    Pakistan England Team X
    South Africa India Australia
    Sri Lanka India Team X
    Team X West Indies South Africa
    West Indies Australia Sri Lanka

    Season 3
    Host Visiting Teams
    Australia England Team X
    England India Team X
    India Pakistan Australia
    New Zealand South Africa West Indies
    Pakistan South Africa Sri Lanka
    South Africa Sri Lanka West Indies
    Sri Lanka New Zealand Australia
    Team X India New Zealand
    West Indies England Pakistan
    Season 4
    Host Visiting Teams
    Australia South Africa West Indies
    England Pakistan New Zealand
    India South Africa Sri Lanka
    New Zealandx India Australia
    Pakistan New Zealand Australia
    South Africa England Team X
    Sri Lanka England West Indies
    Team X Pakistan Sri Lanka
    West Indies India Team X

    This would mean that each team will take part in exactly three Triangular One-Day tournaments every season, one at home and two away. One has to only look at the way One-Day Internationals are currently scheduled to appreciate the need for such a structured approach.

    As before, I will now expand the above schedule by replacing Team X by Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. From the above schedule, lets look at the 'Home Schedule' for Team X for all the 4-seasons. It reads as follows:

    Season Host Visiting Teams
    1 India England Team X
    1 New Zealand Sri Lanka Team X
    1 Team X Australia England
    2 Pakistan England Team X
    2 Sri Lanka India Team X
    2 Team X West Indies South Africa
    3 Australia England Team X
    3 England India Team X
    3 Team X India New Zealand
    4 South Africa England Team X
    4 West Indies India Team X
    4 Team X Pakistan Sri Lanka

    This is based on the assumption that Team X will be hosting Australia & England in the same year. However, according to the 10-team PWC schedule for test matches, the Team X represents Zimbabwe & Bangladesh, so the actual schedule would look like this (including the two series that both teams play against each other in seasons 2 & 4-highlighted in blue):

    Season Host Visiting Teams
    1 India England Zimbabwe
    1 New Zealand Sri Lanka Bangladesh
    1 Zimbabwe Australia
    1 Bangladesh England
    2 Pakistan England Zimbabwe
    2 Sri Lanka India Bangladesh
    2 Zimbabwe West Indies Bangladesh
    2 Bangladesh South Africa
    3 Australia England Bangladesh
    3 England India Zimbabwe
    3 Zimbabwe New Zealand
    3 Bangladesh India
    4 South Africa England Zimbabwe
    4 West Indies India Bangladesh
    4 Zimbabwe Sri Lanka
    4 Bangladesh Pakistan Zimbabwe

    This would mean that there would be obvious gaps in the Triangular Series, with the third team missing in the some of the tournaments being hosted by Zimbabwe & Bangladesh. Also, though both the teams would host one triangular series at home, they would only take part in one away triangular series every alternate season.

    Part of this problem can be addressed by scheduling both these teams to be the 'third' team. Hence Zimbabwe can play in the Triangular hosted by Bangladesh in season 1, and Bangladesh can be do the same in season 4. Kenya and other ICC affiliates like Namibia, Holland and Canada can fill the other gaps, thus giving these teams important International Exposure.

    The schedule for the above teams would be as follows:

    Season Host Visiting Teams
    1 India England Zimbabwe
    1 New Zealand Sri Lanka Bangladesh
    1 Zimbabwe Australia Kenya
    1 Bangladesh England Zimbabwe
    1 Kenya ICC affiliate 1 Bangladesh
    2 Pakistan England Zimbabwe
    2 Sri Lanka India Bangladesh
    2 Zimbabwe West Indies Bangladesh
    2 Bangladesh South Africa Kenya
    2 Kenya ICC affiliate 2 Zimbabwe
    3 Australia England Bangladesh
    3 England India Zimbabwe
    3 Zimbabwe New Zealand Bangladesh
    3 Bangladesh India Kenya
    3 Kenya ICC affiliate 3 Zimbabwe
    4 South Africa England Zimbabwe
    4 West Indies India Bangladesh
    4 Zimbabwe Sri Lanka Kenya
    4 Bangladesh Pakistan Zimbabwe
    4 Kenya ICC affiliate 4 Bangladesh

    The final 10-team (actually 10+ team) format would look like this:

    PWC - Final Triangular One-Day International Schedule

    Season Host Visiting Teams
    1 Australia Sri Lanka India
    1 England Australia West Indies
    1 India England Zimbabwe
    1 New Zealand Sri Lanka Bangladesh
    1 Pakistan West Indies India
    1 South Africa Pakistan New Zealand
    1 Sri Lanka South Africa Pakistan
    1 Zimbabwe Australia Kenya
    1 Bangladesh England Zimbabwe
    1 West Indies New Zealand South Africa
    1 Kenya ICC affiliate 1 Bangladesh

    Season Host Visiting Teams
    2 Australia New Zealand Pakistan
    2 England Sri Lanka South Africa
    2 India West Indies New Zealand
    2 New Zealand England Pakistan
    2 Pakistan England Zimbabwe
    2 South Africa India Australia
    2 Sri Lanka India Bangladesh
    2 Zimbabwe West Indies Bangladesh
    2 Bangladesh South Africa Kenya
    2 West Indies Australia Sri Lanka
    2 Kenya ICC affiliate 2 Zimbabwe

    Season Host Visiting Teams
    3 Australia England Bangladesh
    3 England India Zimbabwe
    3 India Pakistan Australia
    3 New Zealand South Africa West Indies
    3 Pakistan South Africa Sri Lanka
    3 South Africa Sri Lanka West Indies
    3 Sri Lanka New Zealand Australia
    3 Zimbabwe New Zealand Bangladesh
    3 Bangladesh India Kenya
    3 West Indies England Pakistan
    3 Kenya ICC affiliate 3 Zimbabwe

    Season Host Visiting Teams
    4 Australia South Africa West Indies
    4 England Pakistan New Zealand
    4 India South Africa Sri Lanka
    4 New Zealand India Australia
    4 Pakistan New Zealand Australia
    4 South Africa England Zimbabwe
    4 Sri Lanka England West Indies
    4 Zimbabwe Sri Lanka Kenya
    4 Bangladesh Pakistan Zimbabwe
    4 West Indies India Bangladesh
    4 Kenya ICC affiliate 4 Bangladesh

    The above Triangular One-day schedule fits in perfectly with the PWC schedule for test matches, and all the ten test playing nations, including Bangladesh & Zimbabwe, take part in three one-day triangular tournaments every season, one at home and two away.

    Also, giving the ICC-member teams a chance to play in these triangular tournaments will ensure that they get the relevant exposure at the international level. The selection of the ICC-member teams could be on the basis of their qualification to the One-Day International World-Cup.

    I can go on and explain how this schedule can be expanded to include additional ICC affiliate countries in a structured, but like I said, I could go onů

    Summary

    Before I wind-up, a special thanks to Daniel Laidlaw, without whose contribution, I would have struggled to complete these series of articles. I had started this last year with the intention of writing a white paper to be submitted to the ICC. However, I though my purpose would be better served if this could get more exposure through the media. Thanks to Rediff.com for giving me the opportunity to get my point across.

    I have used simple Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to put together the PWC. If anyone would like to play around with these spreadsheets, and help me in my quest for the 'Perfect' World Championship schedule for cricket, feel free to contact me. I will know I was able to get my point across, if that someone is from the ICC.

    Part I: The ideal ICC Test Championship
    Part II: The ICC's Championship: A Rating or a Championship
    Part III: Building the 'Perfect' World Championship
    Part IV: Analysis: ICC vs PWC

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