Last week, Afghanistan continued their underdog rise and qualified for the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand.
It's an endearing story which has touched the hearts of many, and a team that five years ago played in division five of the World Cricket League is now set for their World Cup debut. It's another reminder that associates and affiliates deserve more opportunities than they are given.
Cricket has grown and keeps on growing tremendously in many countries, but those countries who do not have full-member status often get the short end of the stick in terms of playing opportunities, against the bigger teams anyway.
It's mostly down to the appeal of playing them in terms of TV revenue. TV execs and those who make important decisions usually assume nobody wants to watch a big team play a little guy.
Just take Ireland, for example. Due to the ECB wriggling their way into hustling for a deal with Sky Sports, Ireland are not allowed to play any home fixtures which clash with England's over the summer. In return, to repay the gesture, they visit the country once a year. All of this is...