[Part 1 in a series of articles on Associate nations during post-World T20 2016 period]
During the World T20, the cricketing public were forced onto a diet of games that was particularly low on Associate cricket. The ICC bureaucracy had decided that Associate nations, like cheese pizzas, were best to be avoided because of their bland taste and lack of money-making potential. Thus, the format was designed in such a way that the major Test nations wouldn’t have played an Associate had it not been for Zimbabwe’s dysfunction.
Even though they were restricted by the powers that be, the matches involving the Associates were still able to showcase cricketers who have great potential to make an impact on the cricketing world. The fact that this occurs with such frequency during region-wide or global ICC events lends much credence to the argument for heavier Associate involvement.