Cricket - It's a funny old game

Cricket - It's a funny old game

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Beige Archives: NZ stripped of 'dark horse' status

This article first appeared on the BBC's 606 forum on the 16th of June 2009.

The ICC has revoked New Zealand’s status as the ‘Dark Horse’ team following NZ’s failure to progress to the semi-finals of the on-going World Twenty20 tournament.

“For many years, New Zealand has enjoyed starting tournaments as the ‘dark horse’ and they have been successful in that role, routinely getting to the semi-finals ahead of some of their more fancied opponents.” said an ICC spokesperson. “However, they have only beaten Scotland and Ireland in this tournament and that is not good enough for them to keep their top ranking in this category”.

“We will review the rankings at the end of the tournament, but either the West Indies or Pakistan are most likely to be given the mantle”.

This marks the first step in a comprehensive review of the ICC’s official tournament tags on the back of widespread criticism of the rankings used for the World Twenty20.

Ireland are expected to keep the ‘Plucky Underdog’ tag after getting through to the Super 8s whereas South Africa are only two wins away from being stripped of their ‘Chokers’ tag.

Australia are also likely to lose their status as ‘Team-To-Beat’ now that everyone, well, has.

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