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Don’t deprive Associates World Cup opportunities says Mendis



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ICC Cricket World Cups over the years have sprung quite a few surprises. There have been several instances of David overcoming Goliath at the sport’s showpiece event.

Sri Lanka overcame a star studded Indian side comprising Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar in 1979 and two years later they were granted Test status. Zimbabwe argued their case well in the 1992 edition when chicken farmer Eddo Brandes ran through England’s strong batting unit. A few months later they were granted Test status too. Bangladesh put up a grand show to beat eventual runners-up Pakistan in 1999 tournament and that was good enough reason for then ICC boss Jagmohan Dalmiya to grant them Test status.

Since the dawn of the new millennium as well Associate nations have made former champions eat humble pie. Sri Lanka got a taste of their own medicine in 2003, when 20-year-old leggie Collins Obuya claimed a five wicket haul to help Kenya hand Sanath Jayasuriya’s team a shock defeat.

Ireland overcame Pakistan in 2007 and four years later beat England in Bangalore. Good performances in World Cups expedited these nations’ cause for full membership of the ICC.

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