June 12, 2008


ICC expands World Cricket League

Martin Williamson

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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Posted by 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...

Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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