ICC June 12, 2008

ICC expands World Cricket League

The ICC has confirmed that the World Cricket League will be expanded from five to eight divisions after the 2009 World Cup Qualifiers.

The ICC has confirmed that the World Cricket League will be expanded from five to eight divisions after the 2009 World Cup Qualifiers.

The WCL was launched in 2007 with the dual aims of providing more meaningful cricket to more Associates and Affiliates, and also giving a direct path which enabled any country to achieve the ultimate goal of playing in the World Cup.

The addition of three more divisions has been made possible by the substantial increase in funding available once the ICC’s new media deal kicks in next year. It is believed that Division Six and Seven will run in 2008 and Division Eight in 2009.

The extra leagues, which should be approved by the ICC when it meets for its annual meeting in Dubai at the end of the month, will be drawn up based on results in regional competitions.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • Vinicius Singh on June 17, 2008, 23:29 GMT

    Very nice.Some countries with potential like Singapore,Maldives,China and Brazil will have a true chance to improve.I hope we Brazilians could get a chance and start to really move on...

  • R Sivasubramaniam on June 17, 2008, 16:02 GMT

    Wonderful news for the minnows! This will certainly spread the game globally, encourage more countries to improve their standards and on day, we hope that there could be 12 or 15 divisions, and all countries be in one of those divisions and then try working upwards. The important message is that cricket is going to be a truly global sport. Subra from Singapore

  • Peter Blundell on June 13, 2008, 12:23 GMT

    More evidence we have a truely global game - what a shame knee jerk reactions have reduced the number actally in the world cup - Now we can more clearly see the progress of the likes of China and other asian or even african countries like Sierra Leone

  • Simon Butler on June 12, 2008, 22:25 GMT

    That is great news for the game all over the world. The WCL is the best inclusion into the game since the Intercontinental Cup. It will certainly encourage teams to work harder at the game if they have the chance to play in the world cup.

  • Vinicius Singh on June 17, 2008, 23:29 GMT

    Very nice.Some countries with potential like Singapore,Maldives,China and Brazil will have a true chance to improve.I hope we Brazilians could get a chance and start to really move on...

  • R Sivasubramaniam on June 17, 2008, 16:02 GMT

    Wonderful news for the minnows! This will certainly spread the game globally, encourage more countries to improve their standards and on day, we hope that there could be 12 or 15 divisions, and all countries be in one of those divisions and then try working upwards. The important message is that cricket is going to be a truly global sport. Subra from Singapore

  • Peter Blundell on June 13, 2008, 12:23 GMT

    More evidence we have a truely global game - what a shame knee jerk reactions have reduced the number actally in the world cup - Now we can more clearly see the progress of the likes of China and other asian or even african countries like Sierra Leone

  • Simon Butler on June 12, 2008, 22:25 GMT

    That is great news for the game all over the world. The WCL is the best inclusion into the game since the Intercontinental Cup. It will certainly encourage teams to work harder at the game if they have the chance to play in the world cup.

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  • Simon Butler on June 12, 2008, 22:25 GMT

    That is great news for the game all over the world. The WCL is the best inclusion into the game since the Intercontinental Cup. It will certainly encourage teams to work harder at the game if they have the chance to play in the world cup.

  • Peter Blundell on June 13, 2008, 12:23 GMT

    More evidence we have a truely global game - what a shame knee jerk reactions have reduced the number actally in the world cup - Now we can more clearly see the progress of the likes of China and other asian or even african countries like Sierra Leone

  • R Sivasubramaniam on June 17, 2008, 16:02 GMT

    Wonderful news for the minnows! This will certainly spread the game globally, encourage more countries to improve their standards and on day, we hope that there could be 12 or 15 divisions, and all countries be in one of those divisions and then try working upwards. The important message is that cricket is going to be a truly global sport. Subra from Singapore

  • Vinicius Singh on June 17, 2008, 23:29 GMT

    Very nice.Some countries with potential like Singapore,Maldives,China and Brazil will have a true chance to improve.I hope we Brazilians could get a chance and start to really move on...