ICC World Cup 2015 April 4, 2011

'An absolute black day for the sport'

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Warren Deutrom, the Cricket Ireland chief executive, has slammed the ICC's decision to trim the next World Cup to just the ten Full Members nations, describing it as "nothing short of outrageous".

The 2015 event in Australia and New Zealand will only include the ten Test-playing nations after the ICC decided against a qualification system for the tournament, which means no chance for the likes of Ireland or Netherlands to earn a place. For 2019 there is the prospect of Associates and Affiliates finding a way back in through qualification, but today's decision has effectively frozen them out of the game's showpiece event for eight years.

The decision, while tough on all the Associate nations, is particularly hard on Ireland, who proved themselves to have been a cut above the rest of the second-tier teams during the 2011 event, with a memorable victory over England in Bangalore to add to their scalping of Pakistan on their World Cup debut in 2007. Though they still finished sixth in Group B, they were more consistently competitive than either Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, the two main beneficiaries of today's ICC's decision.

"The conclusion can only be reached that the decisions made today were based purely on the protection of the existing membership entitlements for Full Members and the commercial imperative that a ten-team event delivers nine guaranteed matches for India and England," Deutrom told ESPNcricinfo. "It's nothing short of outrageous. All of the principles by which a decision should have been made in the first instance - which is what's best for the sport and what's acting in the best interests of all 105 members - have clearly been abandoned today.

"And after such a terrific event, and the wonderful occasion of the final, where the sport was incredible and regarded in such glowing terms around the world, I'm afraid this is an absolute black day for the sport. It's a genuinely awful decision that has been reached."

Scarcely three weeks have elapsed since Ireland were the toast of world cricket, with their successful run-chase against England, led by Kevin O'Brien's record-breaking hundred, destined to remain as one of the abiding memories in World Cup history. Boyd Rankin, one of the players who featured in that game, posted his thoughts on Twitter. "Thanks ICC!! What does Irish cricket got to do?? Shambles!!"

Ireland also fought hard against West Indies and Bangladesh, and Deutrom believed his team had done enough at least to force the ICC into some sort of dialogue. "It's a betrayal of the principles of sport and the principles of meritocracy and a level playing field," he said.

"Surely the principle of sport is that if you are good enough you should have the chance to be involved. You have an Associate member who has been out-ranking a Full Member [Zimbabwe] for most of the last four years, who has got through to the Super Eights of the 2007 World Cup, and who has been genuinely been recognised as having performed even better at this one, yet on the back of those performances it has been seen fit to reduced the number of participants at the World Cup."

Although ICC have offered an expanded World Twenty20 in place of 2015 World Cup places, Deutrom has serious concerns about the impact on the sport below Test level. Part of Ireland's success comes from the generous support of sponsors and sports funding, but without the major prize of a World Cup to aim for, the product could be less valuable.

"It's difficult to expect sponsors to remain on board and the government to continue to offer support when the question they could quite legitimately ask is 'why should we support you when your own sport won't?," he said. "High Performance countries would regard themselves as proper cricket countries who play three forms of the game. The decision here, effectively, is saying the other 95 members out of 105 should go away and concentrate on 20-over cricket."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • hatrick26 on April 7, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    I am not sure what the fuss is about. This is kind of expected! ICC, BCCI,CA & ECB first look at the monetary aspect of it. They could give a hoot about development if it interferes with money. Everything else is secondary. They do not want Bangladesh (160 mil pulling power) or some lower tier traditional powers to be lost in a qualification tournament. Secondly, they would have looked at the returns (monetary) with the Associates and one without it and perhaps they found it profitable without having them after considering that scenario. Additionally they are thinking long-term, I also think that they want to promote T20s world-wide since it is more acceptable to different countries inspite of this WC success in line with their business thinking. If by some miracle, there is some real interest shown in Cricket in countries like China/Indonesia/Japan going forward, ICC would rush to cater to their needs. That is how the world is.

  • samedwards on April 7, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @sumonpantha,the irish team is more irish than english team is english.Moreover,the irish have not poached the best english batsman to play fr them,like the english have done with eoin morgan.

  • sumonpantha on April 6, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Ireland is the A team of England. So we don't expect, two teams from England will join every world cup. Look at the Netherlands team, they are hiring player from South Africa, England, India and Pakistan. So I think every country should participate in the sports with their own player. I will be glad if ICC reviews the decision participation in the favor of 12 teams.

  • Iadnam on April 6, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    ICC wants to spread the game of cricket....my foot. Set of idiots trying to develop the game by limiting participation instead of devicin a process to improve the game and encourage participation. ICC needs a jolt like Packer and a parallel body to make these nitwits understand. I thought the USA Cricket Association was contrived...ICC takes the cake

  • on April 6, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    this decision must be change back

  • on April 6, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Ireland may not be the 'best team in the world' but i support them with all my heart and have done so since 2007. the pride and joy i felt when they beat england that way,and even pakistan, is indescribable. i can't believe the icc has done this. its an attempt to put them out of their game, 8 long years of nothing to work towards will leave them in ruins. we can't stand for this, or let the corrupt icc get away with murder.they should atleast make it by odi ranking, or have a qualifier, but no, they decide that only the test playing nations should play as they deserve it more. This is just wrong. it insults cricket as a whole, and if this goes true, i may just lose my love for this beautiful game.

  • Jonah58 on April 6, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    @biggyd perhaps you would care to name some of the 'washed up ringers' in the Ireland team?

    if Dubliner Eoin Morgan had not been ruled out of the England squad by injury, there could have been as many as 10 Irishmen on the field at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium - and only six English-born players." As it was alas there were only 9, and they were ALL in the Ireland team!

    Look we are not asking for a free pass to the world cup, just for a chance to qualify, given that we are ranked as the No10 country in ODI cricket by the ICC itself is that too much to ask?

    (yes Bangladesh are way ahead of us but so they should be after 10 years as a test playing nation!)

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    On one hand we have FIFA, which gave a shocker by letting a country like Qatar host World Cup 2020, all just to spread the reach of the game. And here we have ICC, which is trying its level best that the game should not go beyond 8 - 10 test playing countries. And then ICC thinks its wrong that Cricket is not included in Olympics. India are World Champions but the world is of only 10 counties.

    I honestly think what Kapil Dev had started the rebel league against BCCI, should have been against ICC, spread the game in other countries, I am sure he would have had more success

    Cheers, Ash

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and I think it really is a very very bad decision. Its bad for cricket. If we(Bangladesh) were not allowed to play world cups. we would not have come this far and still we have a long way to go.And to be honest, I think Ireland is a very strong team(not less if not stronger than Bangladesh). Their main asset is their superb confidence and the will to fight in any situation. I sincerely want ICC to review the decision otherwise cricket will never become a global sport.There is no credit in having 10 teams playing each other and some very talented new sides sitting outside. All I want to say to the Irish,Dutch and other associate nations that Bangladeshi people want all of you to play and succeed. We love cricket and we dont want it to be a money making machine.

  • monty_lee on April 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Well, if ICC is really strict on having only 10 teams, why not choose the top 10 from the ICC ODI rankings. This is not in the spirit of the game to discard associates completely, when we know couple of full members are also not any good. Also, might be worth giving a few chances to Netherlands and Ireland to play big teams in next couple of years or so.

  • hatrick26 on April 7, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    I am not sure what the fuss is about. This is kind of expected! ICC, BCCI,CA & ECB first look at the monetary aspect of it. They could give a hoot about development if it interferes with money. Everything else is secondary. They do not want Bangladesh (160 mil pulling power) or some lower tier traditional powers to be lost in a qualification tournament. Secondly, they would have looked at the returns (monetary) with the Associates and one without it and perhaps they found it profitable without having them after considering that scenario. Additionally they are thinking long-term, I also think that they want to promote T20s world-wide since it is more acceptable to different countries inspite of this WC success in line with their business thinking. If by some miracle, there is some real interest shown in Cricket in countries like China/Indonesia/Japan going forward, ICC would rush to cater to their needs. That is how the world is.

  • samedwards on April 7, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @sumonpantha,the irish team is more irish than english team is english.Moreover,the irish have not poached the best english batsman to play fr them,like the english have done with eoin morgan.

  • sumonpantha on April 6, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Ireland is the A team of England. So we don't expect, two teams from England will join every world cup. Look at the Netherlands team, they are hiring player from South Africa, England, India and Pakistan. So I think every country should participate in the sports with their own player. I will be glad if ICC reviews the decision participation in the favor of 12 teams.

  • Iadnam on April 6, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    ICC wants to spread the game of cricket....my foot. Set of idiots trying to develop the game by limiting participation instead of devicin a process to improve the game and encourage participation. ICC needs a jolt like Packer and a parallel body to make these nitwits understand. I thought the USA Cricket Association was contrived...ICC takes the cake

  • on April 6, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    this decision must be change back

  • on April 6, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Ireland may not be the 'best team in the world' but i support them with all my heart and have done so since 2007. the pride and joy i felt when they beat england that way,and even pakistan, is indescribable. i can't believe the icc has done this. its an attempt to put them out of their game, 8 long years of nothing to work towards will leave them in ruins. we can't stand for this, or let the corrupt icc get away with murder.they should atleast make it by odi ranking, or have a qualifier, but no, they decide that only the test playing nations should play as they deserve it more. This is just wrong. it insults cricket as a whole, and if this goes true, i may just lose my love for this beautiful game.

  • Jonah58 on April 6, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    @biggyd perhaps you would care to name some of the 'washed up ringers' in the Ireland team?

    if Dubliner Eoin Morgan had not been ruled out of the England squad by injury, there could have been as many as 10 Irishmen on the field at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium - and only six English-born players." As it was alas there were only 9, and they were ALL in the Ireland team!

    Look we are not asking for a free pass to the world cup, just for a chance to qualify, given that we are ranked as the No10 country in ODI cricket by the ICC itself is that too much to ask?

    (yes Bangladesh are way ahead of us but so they should be after 10 years as a test playing nation!)

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    On one hand we have FIFA, which gave a shocker by letting a country like Qatar host World Cup 2020, all just to spread the reach of the game. And here we have ICC, which is trying its level best that the game should not go beyond 8 - 10 test playing countries. And then ICC thinks its wrong that Cricket is not included in Olympics. India are World Champions but the world is of only 10 counties.

    I honestly think what Kapil Dev had started the rebel league against BCCI, should have been against ICC, spread the game in other countries, I am sure he would have had more success

    Cheers, Ash

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and I think it really is a very very bad decision. Its bad for cricket. If we(Bangladesh) were not allowed to play world cups. we would not have come this far and still we have a long way to go.And to be honest, I think Ireland is a very strong team(not less if not stronger than Bangladesh). Their main asset is their superb confidence and the will to fight in any situation. I sincerely want ICC to review the decision otherwise cricket will never become a global sport.There is no credit in having 10 teams playing each other and some very talented new sides sitting outside. All I want to say to the Irish,Dutch and other associate nations that Bangladeshi people want all of you to play and succeed. We love cricket and we dont want it to be a money making machine.

  • monty_lee on April 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Well, if ICC is really strict on having only 10 teams, why not choose the top 10 from the ICC ODI rankings. This is not in the spirit of the game to discard associates completely, when we know couple of full members are also not any good. Also, might be worth giving a few chances to Netherlands and Ireland to play big teams in next couple of years or so.

  • cricket2011 on April 6, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Ireland, Please win next Twnety20 world cup . There is no option. That is the best reply to ICC

  • on April 6, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    the best option is a playoff. A match or a series of three matches between the bottom ranked ICC permanent member team and number1 ranked associate team. Who ever wins gets the spot of 10th team in upcoming world cup 2015.

  • Karthik_CricketFan on April 6, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    I completely disagree with the ICC's decision to play only full members. Every country must get an oppotunity to play cricket and qualify for the WC. Had there been no qualifiers, we wouldnt hv witnessed wonderful playing by Ireland, Canada & Netherlands. Please ICC....Please reconsider your decision. Minnows always make the game more interesting !! Please have a qualifier round so that every country gets an equal opportunity to play in the Cricket WC.

  • on April 6, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Weren't there one-sided matches even when the minnows were not involved - the 1st and 4th QFs, for instance? In group A, the no. of one-sided matches was 12 and the matches involving only the minnows were evenly contested! In group B, however, the no. of one sided matches was only 6 (the matches involving the Netherlands were not all one-sided, 5 of Ireland's matches were contests and instead 3 of FULL MEMBER Bangladesh's matches were one-sided! So we had 18 one-sided games, big deal! If anything, we could have had lesser one-sided games if we had 2 teams less playing, but cutting the number by 4, and then claiming there won't be anymore one-sided games, while Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are still there to be whipped by everyone else, is a joke! Shame on you ICC, you have robbed me of even those brief passages of dominance that the likes of Canada and Kenya had against the likes of Australia! And Ireland? Well, 'world' cricket, whatever that even means, is the poorer by their exclusion!

  • pkXI on April 6, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    First Qualifiers then Group stages. Next a round of 16 then quarter finals, semi-finals, and finally, finals. Using this method non-test playing countries can also try to get into the World Cup.

  • on April 6, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    10 teams?should it be called the"world cup" then?i dont think so..

  • harikeshan on April 6, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    The ICC Seems to change the rules of WC entry and exit like its knickers. I truly and utterly disappointed to see the body of cricket that is supposed to spread the gospel suddenly goes back on its word. Not done at all, this is against the SPIRIT of CRICKET. The Decision Making unit is Run by Money hungry folks who really dont care about the sport but more interested in staying in power and making their $$$.

  • pkXI on April 6, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Barry Chambers's comment is correct.

  • pkXI on April 6, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    To solve all problems they should make it like the Fifa World Cup.

  • on April 6, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    I think more important than competing in the WC for non-Test teams is to get regular exposure in the four years in-between. I am all for scrapping all bilateral ODI series and making them mandatorily trilateral with one non-Test or lower ranked team. I fully support a complete round-robin in the WC and it requires lesser teams. Unfortunately, in this case, the Test status has been given preference to rankings. Maybe ICC can make a one-off exception for 2015 for Ireland till we have proper relegation system in place.

  • CbeCricket on April 6, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Ireland played better cricket than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. They were as good as the big eight. Shame on ICC.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on April 6, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    I don't know why someone comparing Ireland with Bangladesh. Like other, I also want teams like Ireland to be present in the WC. But everyone should understand BD is far ahead of the Irish in all respects (Head to head BD-7, IRE-2; Ranking Point BD-68, IRE-42; in WC- BD failed to qualify the Quarter only due to NRR, not by points: with 3 wins including England; IRE has won only two, BD has beaten IRE in group stages). Even before the WC, NZ was whitewashed by BD (4-0). Only two innings can't prove everything. So, stop commenting non-sense. BD still far ahead of the Irish and in fact Irish will never be able to catch up BD. Irish supporters should be happy to compare them with ZIM, which is I think a fair comparison.

  • szahidapu on April 6, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    @ Andrew McGlashan : Hey buddy, i don't think you write the article practically, Bangladesh defeated all the European team in this world cup. Specially they beat Ireland strongly and played a memorable game against England, as well as beat the Dutch comfortably. Ireland have 1 / 2 player who make the game competitive, but Bangladesh have several players who can make the game really interesting. Don't forget all the test playing country is beaten by Bangladesh. Sakib al Hasan is the best all rounder in the world now. Ireland played well but it didn't mean that 5/6 match played well and then give them the cup.

  • Dashelan on April 6, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    This is an absolute disgrace and a very dark day for cricket. However I am heartened by some of the comments from the sub continent as I was expecting them to not care about other countries. The ICC need to take a good hard look at themselves.

  • NYer on April 5, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Apparently the news that ICC has excluded associates from the World cup 2015 hasn't reached the ICC yet. It's not yet on their website.

  • D.V.C. on April 5, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    What is the record number of comments on a cricinfo article?

  • NYer on April 5, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Ireland seem as deserving as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. At least have a qualification round - a round robin between the 9th to 14th ranked teams in the world - Bangladesh, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Netherlands,Kenya & Afghanistan, to decide the two teams that get into the world cup. According to ICC rankings, Ireland is ranked 10th and Zimbabwe is 11th. Yet, how does Zim go through automatically ?

  • Meety on April 5, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    511 comments at this stage, majority are against the ICC decision. Not all are against 10 teams, just that why can't Ireland have the CHANCE to qualify ahead of Zim, Bang & Windies?????

  • jazee on April 5, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    Can ne1 tell me what did Yuvraj Singh get for being a Man-0f-Series in WC2011?

  • on April 5, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Where is DRS when you need it?

  • adityas on April 5, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Two formats I suggest 1) Each WC should have top 2 qualifiers + top 8 from previous WC. The bottom two from each WC SHOULD NOT be allowed to automatically qualify for the next WC even if they are full members - they have to qualify. 2) Or two groups of 7 teams each. Top 3 qualify from each group. The top of each group directly goes to semis.

  • bala-chala on April 5, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Ireland please form a new cricket council with the other associates. Such an organization will be larger than the ICC, especially if USA and China are also a part of it. The ICC will then have no choice than to become part of the new council.

  • TGDraper on April 5, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Does this mean the next WC will just be another ICC Champions Trophy?

  • symsun on April 5, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Irish Team dont worry... we welcome you to IPL.. And I am sure, BCCI, the world's biggest entertainer, would have plans to conduct tri-nation events involving India, Ireland and one or more big teams (SL, SA, Aus).. Sharjah may also have already over-looked you. ICC again and again proves to be a rules book with lots of complicated, sophisticated, stupidity.

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    "Ireland also fought hard against West Indies and Bangladesh, and Deutrom believed his team had done enough at least to force the ICC into some sort of dialogue. " Hmmm! I support Ireland right to be in the next Wrold Cup. They earned it. By I disagree with the above comment. Ireland was soundly beaten by BD inside 45overs and 28runs short on a low scoring wicket. I did not see the "fighting" in that match. But the England game was a differnt story. They lost the WI game by 44 runs. That is a bunch and I will call it comprehensive even though Ashoka may have helped WI's cause. Never the less thay wer more consistent than either BD or Zimbabwe.

  • originaldiscokid on April 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Where are Sachin and Dhoni? They are highly influential voices who can become ambassadors of the game instead of just great players. Surely one or two Associates could qualify to get in. But remember: the ICC is controlled by the big teams. If they (India, England, Australia, SL, we're looking at you) didn't say they wanted Associates out, Irish eyes would not be crying today. As a US fan, there's no chance of the game growing if the ICC and the Full Members don't want it to grow. And no, the 20twenty answer is not the answer. What was worldwide viewership of the 20tenty World Cup compared to what just took place? Really? Just outrageous.

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    So.. we did see this coming from ICC.. right? I personally think instead of shunting them out, they could have had a prelim round where the associate teams would fight out to qualify for Super 10/Super 12. and have that round as part of the World Cup set up so that they get their due recognition and stuff.. This round should have the teams ranked 9 and 10 participate as well (most likely Zim and Ban/WI) which will encourage them to do better and move up the ranking table. This way the minnows wouldn't feel left out or call it unfair. From ICC's point of view, I think they're partially right in making this decision. How many more World Cups do they need to feature in before they become strong enough to compete against World Class teams? I think they should first plan tours to different cand play ODIs/tri-series etc at the highest level. That will prepare them well. Also, having them part of the T20 WC makes way more sense than having them in ODIs where more skill is required to survive.

  • athulajagoda on April 5, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    This is one of the worst decision made by ICC.If ICC really want to competitive the bottom teams need a pre-qualified round & make a chance to associate nations. Thats the best thing to cricket

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    This is how the ICC treats its fans... just look at the number of comments on this topic .. more than 900 comments on this news ( including other articles too) .. so much support for this Irish team from cricket lovers world over and this is how they treat us fans. They really dont care.. do they?? More baffling is how none of the big players ( like Sachin, Ponting, Smith, Strauss... ) and teams have supported Ireland.. and we call them legends of the game, who care about cricket... haha... "BOYCOTT WORLD CUP 2015 EVERYONE"

  • Piyush_Advani on April 5, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Only Indian players like Sachin and Dhoni along with former players like Steve Waugh ,Ricky Ponting and Ian Botham can make this corrupt organisation change this poor decision.This decion is worse than Rudy Koertzen's LBW decisions!

  • essky on April 5, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    The ICC have proven they are on even keel with FIFA. Bangladesh rushed their decision to join Test cricket and we see the results, their coach at the time said they were not yet ready. Ireland, is doing the right thing by slowly preparing themselves to enter Test Cricket when they are ready, and are now being punished for it. Ireland's only choice now is to become a test playing nation, surely ICC cannot exclude them from the world cup if they are a Test nation. Before this World Cup One Day cricket was dying, Ireland played a huge part in making it memorable World Cup. If the World Cup is only for 10 teams then all teams excluding host, should have to qualify, include test and associates in the qualifying process, they may not make it, but it will help improve the game. Ireland and Afghanistan to qualify over Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

  • udit9 on April 5, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Biggest joke ever. How can there be a cricket world cup without ireland.they r even better than bangladesh and have the potential one day to win the world cup one day.

  • vattettan on April 5, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    @Ashraful Alam: What is so funny? Every one who understands cricket will agree with it. I am not sure when the Bangladesh fans will open their eyes and agree their cricket is not good enough yet. Until then their cricket is not going to improve. Ireland did not get all out for 58 or 78. Remember they were playing in subcontinent where they are not that used to. Bangladesh somehow won that match. Had that been played anywhere outside Bangladesh, Ireland would have won convincingly. They have a far better cricket team than BD. But no influence as much as BD has in ICC. If ICC's intention was to avoid one sided matches in the world cups, based on this year world cup, BD should be the team going out before Ireland.

  • on April 5, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    One of the worst decision the ICC have made. Bangladesh was given test status when it was much weaker than Kenya, the team that qualified for the semi final of 2003 world cup. But due to the international exposure Bangladesh team is progressing well. The same treatment should be given to Ireland, Netherland and Kenya means give Test status to these team and let them play with the best teams in test level. They might have some initial upsets but they will definitely progress and give good competition to the best in the world. England should provide proper infrastructure and exposure to Ireland and Netherland and South Africa to Kenya. Test Match status will automatically bring the best from the player because in test match only quality players survives not slambang players.

  • MahanBharat on April 5, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    We Want minimum 14 Teams in 2015 and 16 Teams in 2019 and 20 Teams in 2023.

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Shame! Shame!! Shame!! 12 teams in 4 groups, I think, is the best solution for the next world cup cricket. 1st robin round with 3 teams in 4 groups, then 2nd robin round 4 teams 2 in groups (like A1, B1, C2, D2 in group E & C1, D1, A2, B2 in group F), then knok out semifinal (E1 vs F2 & F1 vs E2) & final. The total matches will be only 27 (12+ 12 +2 +1) & very competatives and interestings. But, if you ICC like to keep 10 teams, then only 8 quater-finalist or 2nd round teams could get right to perticipate automaticallyin every world cup tournament. Among associates should chosse 2 teams by qualifying matches - who then again play super qualifying matches against the rest 2 full members: say, this time against Bangladesh & Zimbabwe, for the final selection. This will be fair, & then there will be no further question that Ireland, Afganistan, Holland, etc. are better teams then the tails of the full member.

  • MahanBharat on April 5, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    No, this is not right, we should have atleast 14+ teams always in world cup, we should try to do it like soccer. More nations means more fun and for got sake its world cup, don't make it only main 10 teams.

  • DWO1 on April 5, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I'm of the opinion that the decision was inconsiderate. The Irish team based on their performance in the just concluded ICC World Cup have shown that they're capable of playing good cricket and should be encouraged to further participate in such events. What may probably occur now (eventually), as is already happening is the migration from homelands to other prospective "homelands" who qualify.

  • Jonah58 on April 5, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    OK folks as an Irish fan I think this is a shameful disgrace and shows utter incompetence by the ICC but please can we get of Bangladesh's backs? They proved as much as Ireland that they deserve their place. Zimbabwe well thats a different matter I fail to see how a team that can't even get into the top10 rankings for ODI's can be guaranteed a place at the next CWC full member or not.

    The only way this is going to change is if all cricket fans get together and make sure their own cricket boards and the ICC understand how badly they have underestimated the fans, and to make them listen to us and not the money men.

  • FR3AKX on April 5, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    This is totally absurd, I understand the idea of having 10 teams playing quality cricket but surely there must be a process in place to determine those ten teams on a level playing field over the course of next 2-3 years, you can't just disregard the Associate teams purely on the basis of lack of exposure or experience.. this is truly "A Black Day in Cricket". Thanks ICC you guys are doing a great job promoting this game in this world :P

  • adam_clone on April 5, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    511 comments as I see it now. I hope the dumbheads at the ICC take a note. 511 is not a huge number by itself. But I think there's not been many articles on cricinfo which has received so many comments, that too overwhelmingly against the dumb decision. Cricinfo should highlight this to the ICC, which I dont think is going to happen anyways :)

  • DaveGCI on April 5, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    What a farce. How can cricket be a truly world game when the ICC takes a decision to stop some nations progressing. Sad day for the sport

  • andrew.henshaw on April 5, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Again, i have got to say it - utterly pathetic. Over 500 comments on this article, the most i have ever seen. I hope Ireland and the other Associates appeal this decision. The 2015 WC should be now called '2015 ICC Invitational'

  • Jonah58 on April 5, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    OK folks as an Irish fan I think this is a shameful disgrace and shows utter incompetence by the ICC but please can we get of Bangladesh's backs? They proved as much as Ireland that they deserve their place. Zimbabwe well thats a different matter I fail to see how a team that can't even get into the top10 rankings for ODI's can be guaranteed a place at the next CWC full member or not.

    The only way this is going to change is if all cricket fans get together and make sure their own cricket boards and the ICC understand how badly they have underestimated the fans, and to make them listen to us and not the money men.

  • cricket2011 on April 5, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    CRICKET IS NOT A GLOBAL SPORT. ICC PROVED WELL

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on April 5, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    ireland finished 5th and in all their matches, at somepoint they dominated the match which is whawt matters really..great team, great captain and great players.

  • theskeptic on April 5, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    This absolutely rubbish!! This decision is a huge setback not only for the countries like ireland and netherlands but for Cricket in writ large! In many associate countries cricket was flourishing because people there played the sport with the dream to make it to the world stage one day....now with this decision the drive and motivation is all gone......... we won't have any more of shakib al hasans and kevin o briens!! ICC is acting like a business man concerned about nothing but profit..... they are worried about nothing else but the amount of money they make! may be ICC thinks that cricket crazy india is enough to make huge profits and it won't need other countries to play the sport! ICC is not a body to promote cricket...... it is in fact a profit oriented body!! this is a huge setback for the game!!!

  • Samar_Singh on April 5, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    I am a Nepali and no worst news than this for a emerging country like us where youngsters dream playing WC for the nation ...now for what achievement they will be playing , just to play with the associates ?? when will their skill develop ??

    Agree , absolute a black day for cricket ... why cannot there be a qualifying match for CWC like in other sports ??... play with the minnow too and if they qualify they should be playing ... if Zimbabwe , WI , Bangladesh could be auto qualified why not other ???... 20-20 has nothing to do with cricket it is just a entertainment rather than sports , what is the logic to add the associated in 20-20 this is like giving lollipop after a big kick in the ass... why ICC is only running after money , money and money ??? ... very very disappointed ...

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    ICC (International Cricket Council), Has proved that they are only international and World Cricket Council. This decision is like kings rule judgement. Shame on ICC. It is better they form a new world cricket council to down these king rulers and make it a democracy election basis.

  • pacific123 on April 5, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    It is truly the worst decision of icc that only test playing nations will play in world cup 2011... i think ireland was much more deserving candidate then zimbabwe and even better then bangladesh..... they won 2 and bangladesh won 3 but ireland play much better then bangladesh too.... and i appreciate the advice of DEEN SHEIKH... it can work well in the favour of cricket...

  • PHANTOM-X on April 5, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    We must encourage Associate members and other non cricket playing countries to play cricket Not discourage them. This is a bad decision...FIFA is doing a great job, that's why people love soccer so much...grow up dudes....

  • new_captain_please on April 5, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    This decision is just not cricket.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    no way man i want as much as 16 to 18 teams in the world cup....how could they!

  • Gilys_Heroes on April 5, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    I strongly disagree with this decision. Although associates do get hammered sometimes, they have actually won a game against a major team in every World Cup since 1996 (look it up if u dont believe me). This decision is about money as we are now treated to endless weeks of pointless matches between the big teams until we get to quarter/semi finals.

    They've sold out the game, but they wont be getting this Australian's money in 2015.

  • Uncle_Gweilo on April 5, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    If they want to restrict the World Cup to the top teams only, then there should be a "second division" like the Pommy soccer. Results start immediately after the preceding World Cup and run for three years. The bottom two teams in the "First Division" get relegated and the top two in the "Second" get promoted, with twelve months to prepare for the next Cup and the following three years.

    Associate teams can play either first or second teams of the full member countries, similar to the way Bangladesh played two test against Australia in Darwin and Cairns a few years back. Similarly a series against an Australia A, or England A outfit.

    Associates such as the Netherlands should be supported by the ICC so that their players can be in their "home" country playing cricket as Dutchmen. Not like Ryan ten Doeschate who plays County cricket in England, one dayers in Zimbabwe, 20/20 in Australia, but is a South African by brith- a now can probably never play for the Proteas.

  • bala-chala on April 5, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Cricket Ireland chief Warren Deutrom has vowed to fight the decision. I'm an Indian and I support their cause. This is a fight for cricket.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    I support the 10 team format & Ireland should be one of them...surely they are better than Zimbabwe

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    P A T H E T I C!!!

    ICC should be ashamed for KILLING the sport.

    Ireland deserve to be in the TEST nations more so than the Zimbabweans & they definitely can beat the hell out of the other TEST teams like Windies & Bangladesh.

    BAD BAD BAD Decision.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Have you ever thought why none of the top batsmen except Sehwag and Kohli have reached a century in Bangladesh? Why majority of the matches didn't even cross a score of 220 in BD? Why the best performing associate team 'Ireland' was unable to score a mere 205, when they scored more than 300 in 2/3 occasions in India? Because Bangladesh pitches are not that easy to score centuries! If you are taking about production of players, consider Sakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal! Also consider the spin attack of Bangladesh, its probably one of the best at the moment. 58 and 78 were accidents! Consider the series just before the WC. New Zealand - a semifinalist of this WC were thoroughly beaten by Bangladesh! Please don't be insensitive to Bangladesh! Remember, the country has the 2nd largest fan base of cricket in the World after India. You are hurting that whole bunch of people. While they are supporting Ireland to be included right here! Absolutely bad treatment people! this is not Acceptable!

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    How do you guys rate Ireland over Bangladesh? Because the Bangladeshi team had 2 bad innings in the World Cup? Guys, think and then shout! If Ireland was a Super 8 contestant in WC2007, so was Bangladesh. If Ireland had beaten England in this World Cup, so has Bangladesh. And Bangladesh has proved that they are a better side by beating Ireland in the same event!

  • ygkd on April 5, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    I'm heading towards 50 years of age, and in that time there's been rebel tours, private competitions, player's strikes, player bans, a country banned, outrageous fortunes being made, broadcasters who don't seem to want to televise matches, match fixing and all sorts - so cricket is not necessarily an easy sport to govern. Yet, this decision is just unbelievably short-sighted nonsense and the cricket community must unite against it, for surely with sufficient public pressure this can be overturned!

  • SuperSharky on April 5, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Ireland's got a point here. If you could ask the world of the World Cup, or the basic structure (we the cricket-fans) of their (ICC) money-making; what would we prefer? The Brilliant, Amazing, Awesome, Cricket World Cup's format we've just seen or the shorten, without any real underdogs and real exciting upsets, more like an isolated Champions Trophy, World Cup 2015 ? Not really something to look forward too. What about holding a voting poll for a month open, and let all the registerd fans vote once? The new shorten 2015 World Cup's format or 2011 World Cup format? We don't have any power over it, but it would sure be intresting.

  • kantipur on April 5, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    A decision of no associate country 4 years in advance. Who knows Zimbabwe and Bangladesh might turn out to be a rubbish team like kenya now and Ireland may turn out to be a world beater in 4 years. How can anyone predict 4 years in advance. There must be qualification process so that best team qualify.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    ireland deserves test status.

  • GFernando on April 5, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    The ICC is clearly not interested in cricket, just money!!!! The only reason this world cup was half as successful was because of the suspense and thrill the Irish provided. The only thing that should change is the qualification by associates into the world cup. The ICC should come up with a format which rewards the strongest of the associates, and expand cricket. Associate cricketers should have an incentive to play cricket, considering most of them are amateurs with jobs. But of course the ICC have no interest in such cricketing matters. The world cup was played in 3 countries, yet at most parts there was only 1 match per day. The only reason the world cup lasted for over month was because of the ICC money grabbing nature. The ICC needs to have a long and hard look at themselves.

  • maddiein on April 5, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    All Associates and Affiliate nation should unite and resign from ICC as a mark of protest. If no of teams all limited to TEN there should bea qualification round or should be on basis of ranking with a cut off period

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    That is not a world cup any more..., better not to watch cricket played only by 10 nations

  • Gizza on April 5, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Lot of people saying England should help out Ireland in the same way the big subcontinental 3 helped out Bangladesh. There is one thing everybody is missing. England don't want Ireland to improve, play in the WC or get Test status! England wants to continually steal their players. Their South Africa B stock is drying up. Ireland and even the Netherlands is perfect, ripe spot for picking. And no this is not a conspirary theory. They've already done it with Morgan. In two-three years, Kevin O'Brien and George Dockrell could both be representing England. But having said that, I think all 10 cricket boards were in this together and don't want anyone else to get a share of the pie. All of them, from the richest India to the poorest Windies/Zimbabwe are corrupt fools. Cricket is so lucky that thel fans keep the game strong. Cricket won't die because of us, no matter how hard the ICC tries. And it won't die in the rest of the world too! Stay strong minnows and minor nations who love the game!

  • on April 5, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    10 team format is good .. as it will reduce dull matches .. but all the 10 test teams shall not be declared eligible .. rather 8 top ranked ODI teams shall be eligible to play the WC while the remaining 2 teams shall compete in a qualifying tournament with the associate members .. finalists in that tournament then qualify for the WC 2015 .. in this ways Ireland and other associate members then have equal chance of playing the WC 2015.

  • zeeshanaadil on April 5, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    for ur kind information ICC is just making huge money these days :p

  • Domzo on April 5, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    "Excellent decision! The associate memebers such as Ireland, kenya, holland etc degrade the quality of games in worldcup and we see so many one sided games, and because of these teams ICC have to make a poor WC format in which 8 major teams qualify automatically and only 3 knockout games decide the worldcup winner. If these teams want to become better they have to develop a good first class structure, get good coaches and organize matches against test playing teams to get better. They shouldn't come straight into WorldCup to spoil the party. WC should be played between best team"

    Ireland ARE one of the 10 best ODI teams in the world at the moment, no. 10 in fact, ahead of Zimbabwe. They've also done all of the above (most Irish players play in the English County Championship, against test players from all nations). I don't remember Ireland crashing to double digit totals twice either, as BD did against SA (understandable) and the WI (not so understandable).

  • visualdp on April 5, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Real lame decision by ICC ... They should think more

  • Madhu_ntc on April 5, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    This decision will not take cricket to the level of popularity of football. Cricket will not compete with football ever.

  • DWP1 on April 5, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous! Having 10 teams is already a bad decision (removes the inventive for weaker nations), but then not even allowing anyone outside of the chosen 10 to qualify... words escape me. That Ireland are ranked above Zimbabwe makes it even more crazy. Cricinfo should create a forum for all its readers to complain to the ICC. This should not be allowed to stand.

  • diptanshu on April 5, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Shameful! Very shameful! Even after so many years, World Cricket still remains a restricted sport

  • skollinator on April 5, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    What an absolute disgrace! ICC has no clue! How is this decision going to enhance the image of cricket worldwide.

  • bala-chala on April 5, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    This is actually a disgrace to B'desh and Zimbabwe. Even after more than 10 years of test status, they need protection from losing to Ireland. Anyways if its a 10 team tournament, B'desh and Zim will be like the Kenya and Canada of this WC.

  • biggyd on April 5, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    GREAT NEWS!! in my opinion, ireland should first play regular proper cricket - join the english county scene for exclnt exposure to world class players, and tour bangl, zim, and all other top test nation 2ND TEAMS. once they prove they have a succesfl core group that play well and regularly for ireland (not filled with washup ringers from other countries) , they'll earn their keep in place of the weaker sides like zim, windies, bangl or south africa :) canada, nethrl etc in a wc are tedious 90% of the time. leave the wc for the top dog showdown. ta, ledootch

  • bala-chala on April 5, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    This is actually a disgrace to B'desh and Zimbabwe. Even after more than 10 years of test status, they need protection from losing to Ireland. Anyways if its a 10 team tournament, B'desh and Zim will be like the Kenya and Canada of this WC.

  • on April 5, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    This is outrageous - Ireland have added so much to the last two world cups. They deserve to compete for a place. A terrible decision that hopefully can be changed if enough people argue against it.

  • yadavvijay007 on April 5, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    I am not agree with ICC's fullesih and wrong dicision, we enjoy the match of Irelend more compair the Bangladesha and Zimbabwe. ICC will be change the Dicision and take new way for this world cup 2015 and try to make some good way to enjoy the world cup and give to chance to other country and develope the cricket in all over the world.

  • pauliewaulie on April 5, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Yet another prime example of an abuse of power. Evidently the ICC dont do embarrasment cause if they did they would be mortified. Come on Trott, Ponting , Dhoni speak out!!!

  • HairyKiore on April 5, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    How Dumb is this ...Now as I understand cricket is becoming popular in China so what message is the ICC sending out to countries trying to develop the game and qualify for premier competition...the sport has been hijacked by TV interests ...Surely a world cup does not to be drawn out like this one was ..that was stupidity....Oh yes before I forget I recall my country being dismissed for 26 in a test match but we remained a test playing nation even although our neighbour would not even play us,so cricket has got a history of poor decisions..Living in NZ I compare WCC with the Rugby World Cup being held here later in the year..Narrow minded Journalists here were very critical of 4 associate countries being involved in the WCC so whats going to happen in the Rugby World Cup...are we going to have a Georgia v Scotland final ...I don't think so but these same journalists are very mute about the qualifying countries involved in it...Double standards ..of course it is...

  • on April 5, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Stunningly bad decision from the ICC. Not allowing qualifying for Associates is as good as damning them. Personally I am all for the host nation and most recent winner to qualify automatically, everyone else has to qualify, like the FIFA world cup.

  • bala-chala on April 5, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    CA is one of the major reasons for this. Blaming their loss on the Assosciates. I'm boycotting all Aus matches and the next "decangular" tournament.

  • bluebillion on April 5, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Unbelievable. And what timing! Seriously stupid decision. Make it 10 teams but at least have qualifiers for say the last 2 spots!! Ireland have done very well in 2007 and 2011 and this is what they get? Disgraceful. Stop treating the associates like stepchildren.

    I suppose the ECB must be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of having even more non-English talents in their team!

  • on April 5, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Its unfair to say the ICC isnt worried about the associates.The only condition is that the country should provide a huge market to its 3 ''PRODUCTS''.So its pumping in hell lot of money in USA& CHINA(where the natives dont give a damn to the game),but doesn't support IRE & AFG... Bye Bye Ireland...We'll miss U... Long Live ICC... He he he...

  • on April 5, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    @ gnana. Why play one match a day? They didn't in the WC just gone and they don't in soccer WC. PLay 4 matches a day. Televise the big ones, show 30 min highlights of the small ones (with 1 or2 cameras and "soudbite" commentary added at edit rather than live) So why assume 1 match a day? The last world cup had more than one many days - why shouldn't the next have the same if not more? Why not 5 or 6? There are plenty of good quality grounds in Oz and Nz.They don't need to be big for associate v associate games. A few hundred. maybe 1-2000 max in most cases. League clubs could support this easily.

    No hasib - cricket will proably never be as popular as football - but then neither will any other team sport (inlcuding the ones the yanks are so proud of) who cares? Billions of people have no interest in soccer, and vice versa. There is no "winner" or "loser" in "which sport is the biggest

    But cricket does need to grow - and this is a backwards step by the administrators.

  • OliviaNagioff on April 5, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    It's about time that the ICC made Ireland a full member nation, or at least outlined a clear path to allow Ireland to achieve full status. Then, if they wanted only 10 teams at the World Cup, they could just choose the top 10 members. Sorted. (Speaking as an England fan)

  • Afta on April 5, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    I wonder how and on what basis this decision was taken. In any sport the best should compete at the highest level. Therefore, its understandable that all test playing countries should be included. But what if a test nation is not up to the best level. eg. Bangladesh. In my opnion the best two from the Associate countries should be included in all future World Cup matches. Bringing the total upto 12. What's the opportunity are you giving to promote cricket on a global stage? Sri lanka were minnows in 1975, but look at them now, so far they've reached 3 world cup finals..! and look at England, more than 100 years of cricket and no world cup victory in sight..! Sad story...

  • on April 5, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Its unfair to say that the ICC isnt worried about the ASSOCIATES.Its just that it should be a country that can give a huge market to its ''3 PRODUCTS''.So ICC would pump in hell lot of money in USA & CHINA(where the natives dont give a damn to the game),but wouldn't do the same with IRE & AFG. Bye Bye Ireland....We'll miss U.

  • on April 5, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    this O Brian looks like harry potter... get the mud-bloods and their friends out of cricket pls...

  • on April 5, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    WIth 50 over game resurgent - and interest in 20 over declining rapidly (and I'm saying this as an England fan - dismal 50 over - 20 over champions) This is a backward step. 20 over is a flash in the pan for cricket lovers. Attendences are massively down on domestic t20 in the UK. It would be an exaggeration to say stadia were half filled . They only fill up for televised games of t20 (face on the telly is important to some I suppose) 50 over cricket is the future of OD. And this stupid ruling is killing it.

  • simon_w on April 5, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    wrong, wrong, and more wrong. Cricket is successful in spite of the ICC only.

  • Arem on April 5, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    I couldnt agree more with Ireland on this matter. The decision of ICC must be reviewed. ICC should be working towards expanding the number of full members and not restricting them!

  • HatsforBats on April 5, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    The different Players Associations should garner a consensus regarding the displacement of Associate nations from the world cup and challenge the ICC. If heavy weights like Tendulkar, Sangakkara, Ponting etc. voice their opinions then maybe (just maybe) the ICC will listen. Not likely though. Their decision to expand the number of teams in the T20 World Cup is a blatant cash grab.

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Would you all stop crying if Ireland had a chance to qualify with Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Netherlands etc, for the 9th and 10th spots?

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    A 'GREAT' decision by the ICC!!! It takes a lot of guts to make a decision like this & hats off to the guys who came up with this brilliant idea! I got sick of watching the way Kenya, Canada & Netherlands played during this world cup! It's cricket; not football. Including teams like Kenya & Canada is like letting India play in the football world cup!Apart from the N. Korea vs Portugal match we didn't see any teams scoring 6 or 7 goals in one match during the Fifa world cup. So it's not fair to compare Fifa world cup with this. And a football match is only 90 minutes! You think they'll let teams like N. Korea to compete in the world cup if one match is played for 6 or 7 hours??? That's why i think ICC made the right decision by going for 10 teams. But they made one mistake. They should have guaranteed the inclusion of the top 8 ranked sides, and have a Pre-Cup event for the 2 remaining sides to round out the 10-team limit! Just like they did in 2006 for the ICC Champions Trophy!

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I entirely agree with Andrew McGlashan. This is most blatantly unfair. Ireland have proved their credentials again and again. In this format, they certainly seem to be better than Zimbabwe, and almost at par with Bangla Desh. Avadh Lal

  • IanJF on April 5, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Dont forget NETHERLANDS !! Even they have good players like Tendoeschate, etc.. I think all involved should stand against this decision..!

  • Ganes.V on April 5, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    In this case it is not a WORLD CUP anymore It should be called I C C One Day International Champions Cup/Trophy for Test Playing Nations! Here we have countries like USA and China coming in to the cricketing world and ICC changes its rule stating that there wont be any qualifying matches but only test playing nations would be allowed to play! REDICULOUS. Both Ireland and Nederlands have better batsmen than many other so called test playing nations. SO SAD. Hope things change back again for good

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Ridiculous to shut out Ireland. They were the best among all the associate nations and their fielding perhaps best among all the nations. They brought an aggressive and entertaining style of cricket.

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    @Micky Tiger: Absolutly right... 2011 format was really good... I think England and other nations are scared of upcoming of IRELAND and other non testplaying nations.

  • xCross on April 5, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I'm not gonna watch 2015 Cricket World Cup if they don't let Ireland play.

  • vincing on April 5, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    One word... disgrace. I am an Indian and I must say the best sight of the world cup was Ireland beating England. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have supported and brought Bangaldesh in the fold. It will take some time before they become as good as SL, maybe another ten years or so. It is time England does same for Ireland.

    This is so sad after watching legendary Sachin lift world cup and a great captain leading from front in a tight superb match worthy of being called final.

    Ireland, we support you, you were the bravehearts....

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    On one had I agree with the decision because in a 50 over WC you can't expect the minnows to do much...they just spoil the mood. However I strongly feel that ICC should increase the number of teams for the Twenty20 WC upto 20 so that teams like Ireland can continue to compete with the Elite.

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Sorry ICC, this is an absurd decision....for the associate teams this is the highlight of their quadrennial calendar, they should be allowed to come and compete against the best nations, improve their knowledge of the game, and hand on the experiences to the next generation.

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    we love ireland ,,,,, great team than bangladesh

  • Poholiyadda on April 5, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    I think this decision was made to protect some test playing nations and from minnows. For an example England were threatened and beaten by the minnows in the 2011 World Cup. So in the next world cup they will lose only to test nations. This decision will certainly reduce the development of Cricket in associate nations too. Ireland, Neterlands, Kenya and Canada made it a world cup this year but in the next event it will be a mini world cup for sure.This decision is a total disgrace to the game.

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Will need Sachin and Dhoni to talk bout this issue

  • DwightR on April 5, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    totally agree, the 2015 WC should be 12 nations, Irelands deserves to be at the next WC, actually Ireland deserves full member ODI status! the 11-12 spots should go to the top two associate sides, gives them a reason to compete for 4 years in between. ICC is definetly holding this great sport back, for the amount of time cricket has been around there should be 40 nations playing competitive cricket with solid infrasturcture not just 10. all this is saying to the rest of the world is...forget about test and ODI's concentrate on T20's. the only way i see this working out is if they make the T20 WC every 4 years as well to have it at the same prestige level as the ODI WC.

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    One of the pleasures of watching the matches this time round was on how the underdogs smashed the apparently bigger sides. It was amazing to watch Ireland rise to the top and I, for one was truly hoping that they would make it into the quarter finals and then the semis. It would not just have been the same world cup had we not seen Ireland beat the likes of England. The ICC needs to gain some perspective and realise how by limiting the game to just a few nations, they are limiting the dreams cricket can create. CMON ICC!!

  • bramville on April 5, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    The Football world cup has more teams participating because practically the whole world plays football, in comparison to cricket that is played by a handfulf of nations, some of them who are not worth playing at a world cup. The teams at the world cup football havnt just reached there by chance, but after a lengthy qualifying process running into almost 2 to 3 years. Cricket too can have many teams participating, provided the best come to the party after a qualifying process, so that the tournament doesnt land up having one sided matches like some of the matches that were played at the recently concluded WC cricket in India. If Cricket needs to attain the magnitude of a Football world cup, its needs to go a long way..!!

  • drvivek71179 on April 5, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    i think there r some fools running icc...they make this decision to make wc compact and matches interesting....but somebody should tell them....the most interesting match was ire vs eng....they should come out with other solutions rather than this rubbish...

  • HemanthaManathunga on April 5, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    ICC should spread Cricket like Football. For this more Cricket teams to be allowed to participate the World Cup. This decision will prevent the development of cricket of Associate and Affiliate Member countries of ICC. My opinion is that the decision to limit next WC to 10 teams is foolish..

  • on April 5, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    totally unfair.... I hate ICC and its decision... hope this decision also started from the mouth of Mr.Pawar.... Till Mr.Pawar is there in ICC... nothing will look like brightening to the world of cricket....

  • Khan_Akhir_Mongol on April 5, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Cricket is in the wrong hands, especially looking at this decision one can guess what I am talking about...

  • themightyfenoughtys on April 5, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    In asking the full members to vote on qualification, the turkeys have been asked to vote for Christmas. The blame is not with the "ICC", but with the 10 full members who voted to protect their income at the loss of credibility for the game.

  • rosjain on April 5, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    This is as outrageous a decision as it ever get !! Not giving fair chance to all members to participate in the event will not only kill this sport in these countries , but also disable the viewers from viewing classics as Ireland Vs England !!! Shame Shame ICC !!! Please put morals above commercial value !!!

  • Deva on April 5, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    I don't entirely criticise this move from ICC. In my opinion , instead of isolating a budding team , they can arrange for a World Cup tournament for all Tier 2 teams ( Ireland ,Netherlands, Zimb, Kenya, Scotland. Canada ......and even west indies ). B cos WI has not been winning any major tournament , their performance has been beyond shabbiness and any team that does not come in the top 8 of the ICC rankings should be forming part of TIER 2 teams. The winner of the TIER 2 world cup should be part of the mainstream world cup .. This way we can filter the qualoity of cricket playued at the highest level and also give the budding nations enough chance.

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Well the snooty ICC administrators have done it again! When every sport from soccer to NBA to NFL are looking to expand their markets, these dunderheads are trying to shrink it! I do believe that if a superior alien species were to be observing us, they'd consider this beyond idiotic decision as the clincher to the conclusion that there is no intelligent life form on this planet.

    Instead of coming up with creative double-headers, (day games with associates, night games with "bigger teams", qualifying games with Zim, Kenya, Banladesh, West Indies & New Zealand or some form of seeding, they throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    Associates need more cricket and exposure. Wake up ICC - you are at risk of being marginalized as soon as the Indian youth get their NBA Playstation fix.

  • rnarula84 on April 5, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    When Bangladesh beat out Pakistan in 1999, they were awarded a test status. When Ireland did the same in 2007, no one said anything. In 2011, they did it again against one of the supposed front runners for the world cup and yet they are still shut out. I think its about time to include Ireland as a test playing nation. I am confident they will do much better than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe..combined!!

  • andystat on April 5, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Ridiculous decision. It isn't a world cup if the world isn't allowed to take part. Ireland provided some of the best entertainment and watching the 'minnows' try to overcome the big boys is all part of the fun. What a shame after such a great world cup competition this year.

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous ... I think this was the time to support such upcoming associate nations !

  • amit.80s on April 5, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Ireland's team performance was much better than those of Bangladesh and Zimbabve if u consider the amount of exposure these team gets. Ireland surely deserve a place, 10 team structure is too short they should have atleast 12 teams and should reduce the format to 40 overs instead.

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    defintely a step back in the prgoress of cricket as a global event ...would football be the mad spectacle it is now with only the top ten teams ??the ICC have allowed the whims of has-beens like ponting to dictate a policy that exludes the underdogs from even having a chance...! zim-aus'83 , ire in 2007 & 2011 are those fairytale games that give cricket a mass apeal not just an elitist bias towards the "big guns" sad day indeed !

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    I think teams like Ireland should be there in World Cups. They performed better than test playing teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. This step of ICC will not encourage the growth of Cricket in assosiate countries. There should be a seperate qualifiers in which the last two test playing nations should also compete. The first two qualifiers should be given a place in World Cup. This will give best chance to all teams.

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    To give competitive associates such as Ireland and the Netherlands greater exposure to international cricket, what the International Cricket Council can do is encourage touring test teams to make a quick ODI and T20 Trip to these countries when they are in the region. Even the decline of Kenya in ODI cricket has been their lack of exposure to international cricket against test playing nations. For example, if teams are touring England for a full test and ODI series, these test teams can also accommodate a quick trip to Ireland and the Netherlands for a quick 1 or 2 ODI's and/or T20 matches. The England cricket board can also facilitate in the development of these 2 associates by inviting them for a quick ODI series every year or alternative year, so they get exposure to international crick Same can be done for Kenya, when teams are touring South Africa for a Full Test and ODI Series, they can stop by in Kenya and play a quick 3 Match ODI Series, which can be completed in under a week.

  • Prats6 on April 5, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Ireland are better than Bangaldesh & Zimbabwe for sure and will compete even against the best of the sides. Even a mad man cant take such a foolish decision. Horrendous

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Introduce the best two teams among the non test playing nations and demote two teams which ended in the bottom irrespective of whether they are test playing or not

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    This is disgusting decision. Present 10 Countries ICC should be disintegrated or another ICC should be formed including all the countries of the world without any discrimination and giving equal status to all its members like in FIFA even the world cup winner of football should play qualification why not in cricket? Worldcup 2015 should not be called worldcup it should be called 10 nations cup.The real worldcup will be that when all the countries of world including test playing nations play qualification.

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    this kind of decision will surely down any upcming team morale down

  • Jarrod1 on April 5, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Terrible decision. Wanting just ten teams is fair enough but all of the teams except the hosts should have to qualify. That way their is a pathway fro all teams and even if they don't qualify they still get to play meaningful matches.

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    I think it is great news. World Cup '92 was the first one I saw and it was really exciting when so many matches in the last round of 'round robin' counted towards the final 4 spots. The format provides for a fairer and more distinguishable winner if each team plays each team. Plus with no (or at least fewer) complete mis-matches every game will be worth watching. The highlights of the cup afterward will be many and the competition fiercer. My only qualm is that there should be qualification for the 9th and 10th spot. Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland and other minnows should go through qualification for those two spots in the tournament.

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    WHAT A BAD DECISION .ICC SHUD MAKE THE GAME POPULAR IN USA,FRNCH,UK,ITALY BUT INSTEAD OF THAT THEY ARE reducing the popularity.Look at football it is popular game of 220 countries.There sud be around 24 countries in CWC .

  • Peeyush_Chaudhary on April 5, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    I felt compelled to comment. Usually I couldn't be bothered but this is just so wrong. I am an Indian and feel very strongly about non Test status teams being left out. This is so short sighted and unfair. I do hope they'll come to their senses and change this decision in the future.

  • on April 5, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Sad! Is ICC intending to expand its footprint or restrict it? Open up criscket to more nations, else Cricket will die!

  • Mental116 on April 5, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    wow!! Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ahead of Ireland and Netherlands?? at the very least those 4 could have faced each other with two going onto qualify... and the WIndies are hurtling fast towards minnow status as well...

    The Irish games in Australia for 2015 would have attracted significant support and crowds... so the ICC will lose money in that regards...

    the ICC seem to have a severe blindspot when it comes to improving the WC format

  • hotrod4555 on April 5, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    I think that it is a very harsh, unfair and a disgraceful decision taken by ICC to leave out teams like Ireland in the next world cup. Look at how Ireland played in the 2011 world cup. They chased 300+ score and won the match. The hard hitting style of batting, comparable with any class batsman of the 10 test playing nations. Their superb fielding is a lesson to be learnt by many test playing nations. I mean give the smaller teams a platform from which they can perform and show their improvement to become the 11th test playing nation.

    If that's not good enough let everyone play everyone in qualifying matches to get to the world cup and the first 10 will play the world cup………….. just like football.

    Please rethink ………. Thanks.

  • BudhaWillSmile on April 5, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Only Test playing nations should be allowed to play one day world cup. Sounds so funny!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    then better to remove 'WORLD' from world cup......

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    icc must make quilification for this work

  • abhishek.bansal on April 5, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Is this because Irish defeated England in this edition?

  • drmuddana on April 5, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    this the worst n bizzare decision one can take.ireland won d hearts of every cricket lover n it has become my fav team after india.there was not even a single oneside match they have played.but the so called test nations playing cricket since ages surrendered to their opponents cheaply.bangladesh got out cheaply in WI N SA matches,WI were literally like amateurs when they playes pakisthan qf.sa lost worstly to nz.england to srilanka n the list goes on........these mataches r also one sided the reason sited by icc for ousting associate countries, on this basis even test playing nations also should b taken for their underperformance,this a sport n every one should b given oppurtunity........shame on u icc, cricket will never b a world sport vth these decisions ..plz review ur decision allow atleast 2 more teams to play n develop cricket everywhere

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    All people are just shouting over the roof against the format of 2015 world cup,but according to me this is a good decision just bcoz i dont want to see one sided matches to be played in the best and the most important tournament of the game,how many associate teams have performed better the only exception being ireland, but having said that icc should do another most important thing, the associate nations should be played at least 20 odi's in a year and all the test playing nations should and must play atleast 2-3 odi's in a year(this should be mandatory for everyone)... By doing this way all associate nations including small teams like zim,west indies,ban, will get better in their performance and will give fierce competition to big teams and after few years say by 2019 world cup we can have at least 14-15 good teams fighting for the world cup,and then we can have some very good quality cricket played in the most important tournament of the game...

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    People pay to watch these matches and who is going to watch one sided games. As expected all the strong Teams came to the Quarter. After one month Tournament came back to square number 1 may I suggest the teams which end at the bottom are left out irrespective of whether they are Test playing Nations or not.

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    ICC has gone mad. The only team that showed great spirit in world cup was Ireland and now they have been excluded from WC. I am so sorry for Ireland team especially kevin O'Brein.

  • mageleven on April 5, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    If they need to have only ten teams then ICC should have announced a cut off date say Dec 2014 and played a round robin with the bottom two teams in the ICC standing and the top two teams in the associates to determine who gets to join the WC. In the era of globalisation ICC has gone back on the fundamental principle of popularisation of sport! Ostrich thinking!!!

  • kiwihazel on April 5, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    i think Ireland proved with the gutsy performances they do belong! I wonder what the chances are moving forward of Ireland becoming a test nation? And wouldnt Ireland beat Zimbabwe any day of the week? Another short sighted decision by the ICC

  • anusan30 on April 5, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    tht soooooo stupid! y is it even called a world cup then?! if icc ever wants it to be truly WORLD cup and competetive it has to let teh assosiates play just stupid!

  • DaisonGarvasis on April 5, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    There are two sides to it guys. There were so many one sided matches for a world cup's liking with all the minnows. And there was Ireland doing well. Rather than shutting their path by this decision, there should have been a chance for one or two of the associates to qualify and if that meant Bangladesh or Zimbabwe would have to be omited based on performance, so be it. If the minnows do better than the full time members in the qualifier, let them play that way they get a chance.

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Its a terrible decision. There should be at least 12 teams in the WC. ICC must reconsider the decision.

  • SenthilkumarAndCricket on April 5, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    This is a bad day for cricket. ICC should consider this and should include Ireland for the next world cup.

  • shrishenoy on April 5, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    They should call it something other than a world cup now. A world cup would be a tournament where any nation which wants to should have an opportunity to play in a qualification tournament. If you want to restrict the number of teams, then make some of the test playing nations qualify! You should qualify the semi finalists directly, and the hosts, and the rest should have to play for their slots...

    Would I rather see Bangladesh, Zimbabwe or even the Windies ahead of Ireland? Not a chance...

  • shakiluiu on April 5, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    I strongly disagree with the comments made Bangladesh is one of the beneficiaries of the ICC's new decision. With the time being Bangladesh proved that they are not minor any more. How can they compared with the Zimbabwe??? . Now our days we can beat any top side team of the world.

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    all cricket world were happy with the performance of irish,duch in some match even canada....vise versa bangladesh....very bad decision i would say....they should do promotion as per the performances,o'wise...t20 not bringing out the skills fully...now the thing is give another chances to minnows as per their perfomances....o'wise cricket will b in 10 teams only!!!...come on icc!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    10 team round robin would be a long tournament. 12 teams split into two groups and then playing round robin with two semis and best of three finals is the way forward. Lesser matches, more excitement and a window for other teams to get a look in.

  • Calvin_Oppy on April 5, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    so instead of expanding we are decreasing? its just stupid, we should be trying to put as many teams as possible in to the world cup not the otyher waqy round

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Definitely, the ICC has taken a backward step. 14 teams were too many, but 12 teams would have been right. Even with 10 teams, they should've opted for qualifiers involving 9th & 10th ranked ODI teams with best associate teams.

    They were possibly under pressure to use round-robin format to limit no. of matches to 48. Even with 12 teams, there is way to achieve same by using following format.

    3 groups of four teams each playing in group stage: 3 x 6 = 18 matches 3 teams from each groups proceed forward and play a Super-9 stage with results of matches with fellow-qualifiers carried over In Super 9s, each team plays 6 matches: 36 - (3x3) = 27 matches SFs & finals: 3 matches Total: 48 matches

    This can minimize matches involving 'minnows' and also reduces a lengthy Super-9 stage. Also, if an established team loses 3 matches in group stage they don't deserve to proceed further. The ICC should have looked further for alternative formats before arriving at such a decision.

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    gnana_cricket, that's not correct. Next world cup will have 48 matches - (10*9)/2 + 3.

  • Lovetesh on April 5, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    @gnana_cricket: Your comment regarding what CA, ECB and BCCI would have said to ICC is fabulous. You hit the nail on the head of this issue!!!

  • JayPadia on April 5, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    No no. The associates may provide a few fireworks here and there, but that doesn't mean they are competitive. World cup is the tournament that can keep the 50 over format alive, and it cannot afford boring matches which the test playing nations don't consider worthwhile. The T20 world-cup should be expanded to have more associates and be made a true global tournament like the FIFA WC.

  • stationmaster on April 5, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    How can a side that BEAT test playing nations - NOT be allowed to play in the WC ? It's a shameful scam. Zimb better than Ire ? I don't think so !

  • zaphster on April 5, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    In effect the world cup no longer exists, as there is already a world tournament for test playing nations.....it's called the Champions Trophy! Ridiculous, backwards thinking by the ICC. How do they expect the world game to develop without giving associate members something to strive for?

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    This is unfair. Instead of omitting the Netherlands and Irish, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should be omitted. They are the poor, weak teams in the list.

  • knpradeep77 on April 5, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    f ireland lost to england that day, probably they cud have appeared in next world cup also. dont dare to mess with big brothers. now this is a warning for 20-20 also. even if u r capable of beating a top team, dont do that if u want to play in an international event again

  • frozendilemma on April 5, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    this is outrageous and totally unfair...So it pretty much means that Ireland is being punished for playing so good and it was Ireland whose defeat to Pakistan was so harsh for the pockets of ICC that they were forced to change the schedule this time around in 2011.And now since they have beaten England( the so called "creators" of cricket) that's why Ireland is being punished again...Bravo ICC...

  • subhendumalakar on April 5, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    bad decision by icc, this will surely reduce the number of fans of cricket worldwide. most disappointing for ireland. they are surely a better team than zimbabwe, kenya and bangladesh.

  • andrew.henshaw on April 5, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    An absolutely pathetic decision. Everybody needs to do everything they can to ensure that this farce does not occur. At least have a qualification tournament!

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Disgraceful and pathetic really....Ireland were by far the most entertaining team of 2011 CWC......its really sad.....just when a team reached an all time high belief and respect by other teams, ICC was always there to pull them down

  • karthik.nestle on April 5, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Well...the motto seems to be 'If you can't beat them on the field, get them off the field'. A horrendous decision by the ICC to push cricket back by atleast a few decades.This is such a raw deal for the Irish nation to digest after their stunning performances in the WC 2011. I was glad after reading an article which said ICC were considering a 12 Nation format for the WC 2015, only to read this a day later. I sense a strong English and Indian hand behind this decision. English hand cos 1. they cant beat the Irish on the field 2. Now they get to select Kevin O'brien to play for England !!! And Indian hand cos a 10 nation WC with a round robin league means they surely will be on TV for 9 games !!! A Sad Sad day for Cricket lovers !!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Does this decision mean Cricket England wants to absorb good Irish players? This is so business-like merger where giants feed on minnows by blocking their roads.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    This is a bloody joke! How are Bangladesh or Zimbabwe allowed to play in the World Cup but not an Irish team that can actually match and push test playing nations

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    disappointing everyone thinks of spreading the to all countries ,hell the icc just restricting it.looking at these decision i think in ten to fifteen year we wont see more than two team .insane decision

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Bloody disgraceful! Was looking forward to being able to go to some cheap games in NZ!

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    I feel quite sorry for the Irish and the other associates...Cricket's popularity among nations outside the Test world would not be same again! 10 teams is not at all a World Cup, not at this time for sure!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    The decision per se, is not bad. The elite competition needs to stay elite. 10 teams when they play each other at group stage will produce very competitive cricket. However, I would like to see a qualifying tournament for last two places (based on ICC ODI ranking at a specific date), which should allow Associate members to play for a place in the WC. If they can knock over any one of the full members, they play. Ireland may be full members by then, any ways. If not, they should be...

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Congratulations ICC, you've just killed the sport as something relevant in the world sporting landscape.

  • cricket2011 on April 5, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Remove the "WORLD" From World Cup

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Thats not Fair decision by ICC. Guys u r here to promote cricket in more countries as possible. bt u r doing the work to minimise it. Change ur decision.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    ICC decision is totally unjustified.Pls don't call it wc,"it is ten nation's cup".

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    ireland is great team,,,,, please give a chance to play and improve ,, or give the qualification to play test cricket ,,,, ireland is better than bangladesh and zimbabwe

  • saurab2 on April 5, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Its a shame.. you could work out more things ICC... ok may be 10 teams and With bottom two of the ICC world ODI ranking teams and top two of the Associate nation teams going in play off, top two in world cup.. At least give them some respect and a chance. . i mean Irish team was much better than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.. We would also love to see them in the competition as they played better than these two full members... and what about your theory of expanding the game world wide... GUTTED with these news.. you could not get it more wrong.. ICC

  • zamaan on April 5, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    How do you even call it a 'world cup' with only 10 teams?

  • Indian_Rules on April 5, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    ICC : This is the worst ever possible decision that has come out of your meeting rooms... Fine you want the event to be premier.. great.. but then if you want only 10 teams.. then why 10 test playing nations?? Let all the 10 of them try and qualify for the event and give these teams ( Ireland, Netherland, Afghanistan ) a chance to prove themselves. If they qualify good , if they dont at least they will feel they tried and had a chance... If at all you want to make it 10 teams format then make the selection process also mandatory for all teams like they have in football world cup

  • mikhailslater on April 5, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    so wat will be done if ireland move up the rankings and surpass zimbabwe

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Another pathetic decision by ICC. They never let cricket grow in any countries except the current test playing nations. They started promoting cricket in associate nations but they never gave them enough chances to play with top cricketing teams. Ireland proved themselves better than Bangla and Zimbabwe still they didn't give a single word of appreciation to them. Any of us would have gone on to promote Ireland as ODI team and awarded with at least 3 home and 3 away ODI series per year. All the players who took Cricket as a career in Ireland would have to look for alternative all of a sudden. ICC should realize this. They can't jeopardize a better cricketing country's progress.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    I think Ireland deserve the chance to play in next world they are better team than Zimbabwe and other associate teams.....

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    I think 10-12 teams would work but i think the right way to go is to have a qualification process in place ..say top 4 ranked one day as of a specific date are guaranteed a spot in WC and the final 8 spots are fought out between 10-12 remaining countries in a home and way series over a couple years.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Really disappointing action by ICC ( and the supposedly premier nations)...Just when the 50 over WCC was increasing in popularity again, the nations which could really make it popular, the Associates, as that is the only form of proper cricket that they could play at the highest level have been barred for 8 years...Absolute Disgrace!!!

  • ImranSiddique on April 5, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    I am agree with "ravindias" exept top eaight all other teams have same level, so the remaining 2 teams should be selected through qualification, here they can get chance to prove therselves....

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    This is a worst decision taken by ICC. Instead of encouraging cricket they are killing the Cricket. If they want only 10 nations they need to conduct an Qualifying Matches for last 6 Nations and take TOP2 Teams.

    My Sincere and Humble suggestion Please encourage Cricket. Don't Kill it!!

    We Love Cricket

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Bangladesh have not won a single Test match, Zimbawae is hopeless and West Indies is pathetic. These three teams should play playoffs with the associate teams to qualify for the world cup.

  • Warghost on April 5, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    This is harsh......then allow ireland to play test...they have talent to play test against best nations than zimbabwe and bangladesh otherwise icc need to extend the teams from 10 to 12 ...

  • chishtyirfan on April 5, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    It is unfair. at least 12 teams should play in world cup. the two from associate member.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    wth ...whats ICC thinking.... its called "World cup" for a reason

  • bala-chala on April 5, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    When competition is taken out, quality is compromised. Teams like B'desh, Zimbabwe and WI are afforded free passage to the WC and hence the quality of Cricket suffers. The results speak for themselves. The Irish are clearly above these teams in terms of quality and entertainment. If there is going to be 10 teams in the next WC, then it has to be the best 10 teams in the world. It doesn't matter if India and Pakistan play to see who gets Kashmir or Eng and Aus play to see who gets to spread the Ashes in the Ganges. Nobody is going to watch a sub-standard WC.

  • Hasan-Shahid on April 5, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    This is Outrageous. ICC once again showed that what they are make of. If that's their decision then you have to say that they have no feelings, no desire to develop cricket.Now the question is who took this decision? ICC? I don't think so, it's some big nations who got ego problems, they act in such a way that cricket should be played only among some countries. This is shambolic. I strongly condemn this decision.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Then this should not be WC!! Do ICC really want to enhance cricket as a global sports?

  • nzcricket174 on April 5, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    I live in New Zealand and I was hoping to see Ireland coming to play here in 2015. I am a big fan of George Dockrell and Kevin O'Brien but now I will never see them play.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Just a small question to ICC... for whose interest the WC is organised? If its people, then people are with Ireland.... EVen if u had to reduce the teams, then atleast top 10 teams in ODI ranking should have grab the places.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Brutal and disgusting! This is sad news. A shame on all involved. BCCI included.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Its complete injustice!!the fun wont be there...no upsets will be there ...its sad..!!the world cup will become test nation's cup!!i want some big cricket nation's comment on this...may be then the decision can be overturned...!!We are there with the associates....its world cup and as a cricket fan all the countries are welcome in this...ICC be a little bit rational...cricket is religion to us and dnt sell it for money!!thanks!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    They Should Have Gone For The Last Two Spots By The Qualification Method To Get The Best Two Teams.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Big, stupid, ridiculous mistake. Ireland deserve to be there, and the Netherlands too. The ICC has a lovely habit of shooting itself in the foot.

  • lazytrini on April 5, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Ireland's probably going to be a better team than WI, Bang and Zim by 2015, ICC is as clueless as FIFA

  • csaha1980 on April 5, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I think 2 teams from the associate nations will be a good decission.

  • on April 5, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    This is pathetic. Is someone in ICC worried that the Irish and Netherlands teams will continue to challenge the so called Great teams? Atleast the Irish team gave a good run for money with some of the best teams? Time for the ICC folks to think more on this. They should have more tournaments including these teams which is a good way to build for the 2015 World Cup.... Wake up ICC..Are you promoting the game or what?

  • indianzen on April 5, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    how about a WC for Associate nations alone? 8 associate nations, 1 Associate Nations WC ?

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    An absolute disgrace. This hardly qualifies as a World Cup any more.

  • Prajna27 on April 5, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    This is horrible.... How can ICC do such an injustice!!!!!.... Ireland are among the best in the Associates category...... they should be allowed to play in the 2015 world cup.......

  • vgollap on April 5, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    I am upset with the hypocritic attitude of ICC. On one side they say they want to reach out to wider audience across the world by including more countries in the cricket bandwagon and now they are leaving out a promosing team from a significant event. Shame on you ICC.

    The whole world will back you on this fight Ireland. I honestly feel that you deserve to be in the next world cup more than a few countries that have the license to play in it. - Your fan from India.

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    If ICC wants to take 10 teams then they should take teams according to One Day ranking in which Ireland is on no. 10 they deserve to play in 2015 world cup and hope soon they will put down Bangladesh and West Indies in the ranking. Bangladesh is not a good team they are playing since 2001 with Test nations though they do not have improvemnt they can't win a series aginst a test nation but Ireland can do ,if ICC give them more fixtures with Top 8 teams. I think 2015 world cup should have 11 teams.

  • Boba_Fett on April 5, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    I have no problem with the actual tournament being reduced to 10 teams - in fact I think it's a great idea.

    But if that's the case the ICC has to recognise there are several teams who could legiitimately fill the 'last' spot or two. So why not simply have it on the ranking as at a certain date? Or have a qualifying process? This would add some interest and meaning to the international ranking.

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    I think its a bit harsh to allow only test playing nations. The cut of should be the top 10 teams. So if the associates think they can beat the test playing nations, let them raise their games and come up the ranking. I personally don't think it is a fair decision.

  • bala-chala on April 5, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    If they go by the 1992 format, WC 2015 will have 58 matches!. Geez! thats going to be more than two months. Who would even have the time to watch these matches. The next WC will be the last 50 over WC for sure.

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Really good news for England ! They are safe now !!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    OMG!! who the hell is deciding about these things? Ireland out??? And they say that Cricket should be promoted?? From where this Zimbabwe came into picture. Something is definitely missing at ICC brains

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    this is a total messy work done by ICC.i remember once icc wanted to promote cricket all over the world and awake interest amongst the people.but now they are doing the opposite by limiting the world cup teams to 10.every country wants to get qualified and get a chance to play world cup but when they see that they cannot participate in world cup then who will play cricket and wasre his time.they would rather play other sports

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    This is horrible idiotic decision and is not acceptable to anyone

    Why can't Ireland be added to 10 teams in 2015 world cup on the basis of this years performance?

    I suggest that those who took this decision to remove Ireland from the participating team in next wcup must be suspended from the status and post they are occupying and Ireland is guerentee of their being part of 2015 wcup

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Doesn't matter the 50 over game wont be around in 2015 anyhow

  • Woody111 on April 5, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    None of this decision makes any sense. If you were to basically replicate the champions trophy why then change it again to a qualifying process for 2019? Why not have a qual process for 2015 as well? What are you doing ICC? No wonder Ireland was pushing for test status; if Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are seen to be good enough how is Ireland not? Don't forget Holland put on over 300 against England too. Perhaps England should miss out as they're rubbish at ODI cricket. I'm sorry Ireland. Don't give up, please. For the good of the game don't give up.

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    "Though they still finished sixth in Group B, they were more consistently competitive than either Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, the two main beneficiaries of today's ICC's decision."...............HAhhaha Very Funny..

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    what a crock ICC... Ireland were far more entertaining and had far better results than two of the nations who will be eligable! pull your heads in

  • adavellysr on April 5, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    This will damage the cricket game. Moreover, if ICC thinking to make cricket a world wide sport then they should let Ireland play in worldcup.... i am an indian fan but still i lost interest in cricket after reading this...

  • on April 5, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    A very shameful decision. How would we let cricket grow & flourish in countries where cricket is yet growing? rather than making cricket 'inclusive' we are making it 'exclusive' thereby hampering its acceptance. How would these associate teams grow, learn and compete? if they are shut off with such decisions. I think ICC must put forth a structured process of how all teams would qualify who are interested in competing in World Cup Games.

  • D.V.C. on April 5, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    Perhaps Ireland can go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • ZSBD on April 5, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Bangla arranged the "Dooms Day" for the current champs in the last WC and that is why 121 crore of people are against them for the last 4 years and will continue to speak in the same fashion!!! Otherwise, to say Ireland is better than Bangladesh and West Indies is simply foolish. We are sorry to get a rubbish decision from ICC which will certainly go against progress of cricket. How can a true cricket lover even think about dropping teams like WI, BD or Zim??? SHAME!!!

  • neil99 on April 5, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    I agree with the ICC decision to shorten the tournament. Like the football World Cup and European Championships these 'flaghsip' tournaments are too long and involve too many meaningless games. However, given the poor performances of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh compared to Ireland and even the Netherlands, the ICC should have introduced a mini play off scenario for the 9th and 10th spots. Zimbabwe in particular is not good enough to retain an automatic place. Whether the decision to extend the T20 WS is motivated financially or not, the 'minnows' have a much better chance to peform well in the shortest format of the game.

  • ajay_patel on April 5, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Why don't they call it "2015 ICC Cricket Member's only Cup". Outrageous.

  • ajay_patel on April 5, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Cricinfo, please advice on how fans like us can voice our outrage to ICC. I watched Ireland's every match this world cup and even a few Holland matches.

  • on April 5, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    what a wrong decision taken by ICC. every one is against their decision and this is not fair, at all, ICC should allow associate and affiliate nations to paly next world cup, Afghanistan and Ireland deserve to play in world cup but due to ICC decesion they can not, shame on you ICC

  • d1n0 on April 5, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    This is a very poor decision. There must be something we can do to revert this. What was wrong with the format we just had? Without a World Cup to prepare for, where is the motivation for these countries? 2019?? Ireland's current side is good enough to compete NOW. Forget Full membership.. If the ICC is set on having 10 teams... then at least let all the teams fight for those spots... Then I would consider that fair.

  • asim229 on April 5, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Excellent decision! The associate memebers such as Ireland, kenya, holland etc degrade the quality of games in worldcup and we see so many one sided games, and because of these teams ICC have to make a poor WC format in which 8 major teams qualify automatically and only 3 knockout games decide the worldcup winner. If these teams want to become better they have to develop a good first class structure, get good coaches and organize matches against test playing teams to get better. They shouldn't come straight into WorldCup to spoil the party. WC should be played between best teams.

  • Looch on April 5, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    The ICC are completely out of touch with the game and the fans, this is a tragic decision that will harm world cricket. Please stop obsessing with making money and get back to looking after the game!

  • 9ST9 on April 5, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Nothing short of stupidity. The ICC hosts the most successful world cup in ages - and changes the format. Really 2011 was a huge success and the format seems ideal. True there are a lot of mismatched games but then again how well did teams like Ireland compete against the eventual champions? Ever heard of any other world cup where all teams play against each other? 2015 is not a World cup it's an elitist one day series- the ICC has to be the stupidest sport governing body in the world.

  • OrgiaMode on April 5, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    ICC does something incredibly stupid, news at 11

  • landl47 on April 5, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    I hope the ICC is reading the reaction of cricket fans here. A huge majority feel this decision is not in the best interests of the game. Once you start alienating the fans, the game itself is under threat.

  • on April 5, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Ireland and the Netherlands has showen more improvement than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Bangladesh has show little to no improvement and ireland is completive and exciting to watch. and it is a sham not to give Ryan ten Doeschate a good swan song

  • Azooz_Cena on April 5, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    Just i wana say a few words no need of xplanation. Dnt call it a world cup,name it wat ever u want ,a money making tournment.

  • andrew-schulz on April 5, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    To say Ireland were more consistently competitive than Bangladesh and Zimbabweis garbage, and an attempt to sensationalize the whole situation. How on earth do you come up with that statement? Bangladesh were far closer to the q/f stage, while Zimbabwe won the same number of games with a far better net run-rate in the tougher group (provided three out of the four semi-finalists). That would see to indicate greater consistency.

  • monisri on April 5, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Its a very poor decision.The top 4 qualifiers from associates should be allowed to contest in WC.Sri Lanka 3 time WC finalists, came to the reckoning before the test status by beating India in the WC. It is the tournament where the unknown talented cricketers can show case their talents and if cricket to progress beyond the boundary at least let two top associate teams to compete in the WC. Otherwise let two least competitive test teams be omitted from the WC and give those places to two top teams from associate members. I personally feel a team like Ireland should be allowed to play in WC. Otherwise there is no point in them playing cricket for keep themselves fit by time wasting sport like cricket. -A M M NIZAM-

  • mtk400 on April 5, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Just remember Bangladesh won 3 matches in this worldcup . But icc 's decission is unjust . There should be a qualifier system for all team in worldcup like FIFA.

  • andrew.henshaw on April 5, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    I would like to see some top crickets come out against this decision.

  • andrew.henshaw on April 5, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    What an absolutely pathetic decision by the ICC. We the members of Cricinfo should rise up to the ICC and collectively voice our disapproval. I had already begrudgingly accepted that the next WC would be 10 teams, but to remove any of sort qualification process is an utter disgrace. Were it not for a few key moments, Ireland would have made the Quarter Finals. Look at the ODI ranking's - Based upon this it should be Ireland who are in, not Zimbabwe. Pathetic ICC - Boycott the 2015 WC until a qualification process is introduced.

  • on April 5, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    I am asking all test playing nations to boycott the 2015 world cup. A lot of you Were giving a run for you money from these associates teams and know that they deserve to be there. Come on you all as cricketing nations should stand together and put your support behind the associates. I for one would not watch the world cup 2015 if this craziness continues. ICC doesn't give a dam about the future of cricket and this decision proves that.

  • jith619 on April 5, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    This is ridiculous, horrrendous decision by the ICC!!!!!! Ireland played so much better than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. This definitely takes the world out world cup. They could definitely like others said, hold a qualifier for atleast the last 2 spots, so teams like Ireland atleast have a chance. I guess the only thing Ireland can do to prove themselves(beating pak and eng wasnt enough i guess) is win the T20 World Cups in 2012.

    ICC can go to hell Go IRELAND, the world is with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Absolutly rubbish desicion from ICC...Why did they do this? Why there is such a committee called ICC, to distory Cricket in other countries???? i thought after seeing the performance of Ireland ICC might withdraw there decision of not letting non-test playing countries to take part in WC.

  • Agni2 on April 5, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Don't know why they can't do a qualification - top 6 odi teams qualify automatically and the bottom 4 teams and the Associates would fight for the other four places. Seems to be the fairest way but I'm sure the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe would object...

  • Edapa on April 5, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    ICC shows disrespect towards a nation and killing cricket in the ground.Irish cricket shows their ability and attracted whole world by defeating England with impossible runchase.Irish cricketers shows mental ability and impressed all cricketing nations.Its a black day in cricket history ,i think 2015 is not a world cup its tournment.From 1975 onwards these 10 test nations only playing .ICC need to re-think or it should keep voiting system for all test nations to include associate teams in 2015 world cup. Keep supporting Irish cricket board, Long live Irish cricket

  • on April 5, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    Whatever. Of the dozens of games the Associates were included in only two or three were worth watching. I'm all for them being part of the world cup - but the whole structure needs to change. Perhaps sixteen teams in four groups - top two go through? While Ireland (particularly) and Netherlands had their moments, the likes of Kenya and Canada having 6 games each was just overkill. Boring. The cup was two weeks too long and during the group stages should have two games every day, with at least one between top nations. Getting up, looking at the schedule and seeing that Kenya vs South Africa was the one "big" game of the day hardly inspired me to keep glued to the TV. Ireland, for what its worth, are good enough for Test status if Zimbabwe are. They should just schedule a game against Bangladesh/Zimbabwe and screw the ICC, who have too much power over who gets to play and who doesn't. Streamlining the world cup to cut out the trash games is no bad thing though.

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    I think this what we need for Cricket in the world class.

    Australia, India, Sri lanka, South Africa,England, New Zealand, Pakistan and West Indie, Bangladesh.

    The facts remains these countries plays the 3 formats of the games and I support the idea, Ireland and the Nederlands have show a bit of class and beat England , and I have repect for that, but those teams are not good enought to play 6 games and entertain as Cricket lovers, they need to play in other tournaments where I would like to see teams like Zimbabwe,Kenia, Scotland,Iraq, Usa,Nederlands, Ireland, and the top 7 nations A sides, like Aus, SA. Poms,India, Sri lanka,NZ and Pakistan, the top two teams can show the rest here they can go thru to the ICC Worldcup, I would also like that the Cricket world cup should be called ICC Cup of the World, and the other tournament Worldcup A, this is fair it will give the smaller countries to won something, and the fact that I say smaller countries I mean it.t

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    This will make people start hating Cricket..limiting cricket to 10 countries will be the worse decision for cricket fans...and this is not only about Ireland, Afghanistan has beaten Ireland in last 5 ODIs...I guess at the end of the day it is a Common Wealth Game, associate teams rather emphasize on Soccer or Rugby...shame ICC

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    @ Vinuthan while i am in agreement with you that Ireland did play well in this World Cup and they have come a long way in their development since their introduction to international cricket.To say that they should replace the West Indies are you kidding me? Such thinking cannot be sustained. I agree that my team the West Indies have not been the bestas they should for the last 8 years or so, the fact is that they can play better cricket than Ireland once they pull it together. No offence to Ireland but i don't think they can ever replace my team the West Indies, we shall rise again regardless of how long it takes

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Wront decision ICC. Ireland was the best team ever. Big mistake.

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi cricket lover we know Ireland is a very good team and they should play WC. It is the matter of ICC. Not giving chance for Ireland in the WC is a decision made by ICC. Bangladesh cricket has nothing to do with it. So all the Ireland cricket lovers please do not say bad things about Bangladesh cricket. At least your cricketers are competing in a very good first class competition like county cricket of England. But Bangladesh is trying to develop their game by using their own facilities. So support Bangladeshi cricket as we support Ireland cricket. Ireland beat England in WC not Bangladesh. Bangladesh won over Ireland by 27 runs. Also Bangladesh beat England by 2 wickets. So who should play next WC, you decide.

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Simple - Replace Ireland with Zimbabwe.

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    poor decision by the icc theirs going to be no development in place weaker countries for 8 years what we need is a petition to make the icc reserve their decision get players worldwide to sign a petition clarke from australia swann from england get a list going need to act now or else thiers going to be only 10 test teams for at least the next 2 decades

  • eire on April 5, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    jus seen tis n im heartbroken...wot a useless decision, nothing but greedy frm the test nations, this is without doubt the worst decision taken by a sporting organisation in the world

  • spinkingKK on April 5, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Ireland, even played very well against the eventual champions, India. One more wicket, India could have been in a big trouble in that match. Every match Ireland played, they could have won with a bit of luck. The decision is a shame. I beleive they should make it 12 teams with only the top 8 teams guarunteed a place and the final 4 spots decided by playing qualifications.

  • Humdingers on April 5, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    What world cricket needs is a relegation system with two tiers (kind of like the English Premier League). If the likes of Zimbabwe/West Indies/Bangladesh (and even NZ) don't improve, the bottom two teams get relegated to the 2nd tier and the top two teams in the 2nd tier get promoted. It will create more competition and meaning. But not having Ireland there is a DISGRACEFUL and a HUGE LOSS to cricket. They won a lot of fans during this years cup and are going from strength to strength (more than can be said about some of the "Test" playing nations!

  • pun8max on April 5, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    Absolutely wrong decision, ICC. At least, have a pre-qualifying tournament for 2 slots with 2 lowest ranked full-members having to fight it out with the associates.... Who made this stupid decision?

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    This is worst ever... FIFA including all the team which are qualified for WC.. but ICC ... its worst.. all the peoples(not only under dog teams) have to make a protest against that, oh my god, they done their best. Zimbabwe once before on top 10... srilanka at the below. All the teams have to give their chance. ICC should pay for it. Cricket is now slowing developing among European and other Asian and African countries but ICC doing like this oops :((

  • Cricketcr3zy on April 5, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    WELL you cant blame ICC for making this decision.... apart from IRELAND all the other associate teams have done nothing remarkable in this world cup... associate teams still can participate in t20 world cup which takes place more often... so i donn think ICC has completely shut down doors for associate teams....

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    What an absurd way to attempt to promote and foster the sport in developing nations. Appalling decision.

  • ravindias on April 5, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    If they want 10 teams ,they should have gone for the last two spots by the qualification method to get the best two teams.

  • on April 5, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    It's ridiculous not to have Ireland in WC.They made the WC attractive than anyone and now t's time for Ireland to make tours with all their cricket playing countries to improve their gameplay..................

  • on April 5, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    This is really one of worst decision ICC has taken. Its totally going to demotivate the nations especially like Ireland who has shown some real spirit in this World Cup. ICC should encourage more and more nations to start playing Cricket similar to Football but they are doing just opposite. Not sure what they want to achieve by restricting Cricket only to few nations, this makes no sense at all.

  • FARUQUE8810 on April 5, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    This is stupid. Ireland should get the chance to prove themselves. Even though I am from Bangladesh, I would actually want Bangladesh, Ireland and Zimbabwe to prove themselves for the right to play in 2015 world cup. This would make all 3 teams more competitive and make truely the best 10 team in the next WC.

  • on April 5, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    Agree with most of your points- Ireland deserves better! But as a Bangladeshi fan- this constant belittling of Bangladesh to serve making the point on behalf of Associates and weak test nations like Zimbabwe is getting really annoying! Ireland may be a better team than Zimbabwe but they certainly are a worse team than Bangladesh. If they "were more consistently" competitive than Bangladesh, then how was it they lost to to Bangladesh and placed lower than them in the league tables? The numbers don't support your claim! Luck is always a factor, I could say Bangladesh were a much better team than England but got knocked out despite beating England, Ireland and Netherlands while England lost to Bangladesh, Ireland and almost lost to the Netherlands and still went through to the quarters where they were thrashed by 10 wickets by Sri Lanka!!!! Ireland is a good team BUT Bangladesh is much better!!!!!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    THIS IS DISGUSTING. IRELAND WERE ONE OF THE TEAMS WHO CAN GET BIGGER IF ICC HELP THEM.

  • MiddleStump on April 5, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    This is further proof that the ICC is not really interested in spreading the game. No other sport would cut the number of teams drastically from 14 to 10 within just 4 years. The ideal number would have been 12 teams with six in each group. And Ireland is a must. Going in to the recent World Cup, New Zealand were rated only marginally higher than Ireland. Yet they almost reached the finals. It is a big loss to cricket fans and a blow to Irish cricket.

  • on April 5, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    what else does Ireland need to do. Why cant they have a qualifier for the non test playing nation and maybe just select one team. how will 2015 be a world cup when the whole world does not have a chance to play and compete ? really sad.

  • on April 5, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Well for me a big fan of cricket...i think this world cup waz more boring than watching Bangladish vs Aus. in a test match. The small teams will do better in a T2O game....ODI and test is for the big teams.....Zim and Ban should be kicked out of test.....then the WI. Open your eyes PPL

  • on April 5, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    It is a move with good intentions too. Kenya, Zimbabwe and Canada were awful to watch. And having so many associate nations turned the world cup into a virtual quarterfinal. Which isnt very healthy for the top 8 nations either. Really unfortunate for Ireland though. Think a league system should be put in. Get the lowest two out and the best two in. Or at worst, swap Zimbabwe for Ireland.

  • IndianFan1 on April 5, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    I've been reading cricinfo ever since it's inception. Was moved to register today just to express my utter disgust at this ICC decision. The whole thing just beggars belief. If Ireland are not playing the next world cup (or at least given a chance to qualify in a fair tournament along with the bottom-ranked teams from the anointed 10), the world cup loses all meaning. I'm an Indian and bleed blue when it comes to cricket. But loved watching Ireland in this year's tournament (even when they were making the Indian team sweat a bit). I'd bet Irish cricket has won millions more fans like me during this world cup and ICC is just shooting itself in the foot by removing this hugely popular and plucky team from it's marquee tournament.

    And why just world-cup, I'd love for the next Indian tour to the UK (instead of just England) to include some ODI and first-class matches in Ireland.

  • on April 5, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    this is bad. i think it is great that those other 4 countries (Ireland, Zimbabwe, Canada, Kenya) should just as good as a chance as anyone else. BUT on the other hand it will be better in the sense that the scheduling will not be as bad, basically the teams will be less tired, and more ready for the cricket. Like England in the 2011 WC and Australia tired from ashes. So GOOD and AWFUL

  • on April 5, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    tht is unfair.........total disgrace.....

  • Kayfabe on April 5, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Awesome! That will make the 2015 World Cup far more interesting with all the top 10 teams playing one another.

    I do feel sorry for Ireland but people have got to admit the 1992 World Cup was far more entertaining than the more recent ones that have been spread over several weeks with so many one sided contests.

    Maybe it would be better for the top ten teams to qualify based on ranking which would mean a team like Zimbabwe (currently not playing Test cricket) would have to justify their position against a team like Ireland?

  • Padmanan on April 5, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    ICC should understand the meaning of sports. It seems ICC is not functioning for cricket lovers. If they continue this approach, it will not help to promote cricket.

    Ireland should be part of next world cup and ICC should hear the voice of cricket lovers. I hope sure they will reconsider their decision.

  • on April 4, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Does a 50 over wc have a future? On todays basis id say no. I do think there needs to be more associate development though

  • hasib9 on April 4, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    This is exactly why cricket will never be as popular as soccer (football)!!!!!!! Why call it a World Cup? I was expecting 32 teams participating in the World Cup Cricket in the future. Looks like cricket is going the wrong way.

  • on April 4, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    The 9th and 10th ranked ODI units in 2014 should have to qualify for the WC in a mini series with the likes of Ireland and Netherlands. Zimbabwe looked terrible.

  • MeijiMura on April 4, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    I guess the ICC painted themselves into a corner by announcing Zimbabwe's return to Test Cricket later this year.

    They couldn't readmit Zimbabwe to Test Cricket and then hold a World Cup without their participation.

    That is a huge mistake because Zimbabwe are still years away from being able to be even competitive in ODIs yet alone in Test Cricket.

    Yet Ireland are already competitive in ODI cricket and given more exposure to international cricket I would have expected their performances to continue to improve.

    If not for some undisciplined strokeplay against Bangladesh and if not for 'that dropped catch' against the West Indies, Ireland would have made it through to the Quarter Finals and beaten three 'established' Test nations in the process.

    In the event that they lost to Bangladesh and the West Indies they were still highly competitive and the game against England which they won was the most exciting game of cricket I have ever seen. I guess it wil also be my last.

  • vattettan on April 4, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Had Dockrell bowled some overs when Pollard batting. I would say William Porterfield could have changed this had they won that match which they easily could have. 10 teams are okay but at least the the last two should go for a qualification. Then Ireland would definitely have made it ahead of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Or else, make it an 8 team event, and use a different name, not World Cup!

  • smcory on April 4, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    england now have a good chance in the next world cup as they can now steal the better players from ireland and the netherlands. Stupid desicion by the icc so self absorbed run by a few countries only interested in themselves and their own setups(ipl,county cricket)will ruin cricket in all the associates as they have nothing to strive for(T20 IS ONLY REALLY HIT AND GIGGLE) so they can better their cricket,any descent player will move to another test nation to continue their career(think england)

  • vinuthan on April 4, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    I think Ireland is better than Bangladesh ad West Indies. If Ireland does not qualify, remove bangladesh and WestIndies....Check their last 4 year history....i am not sure what they have achieved......

  • on April 4, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    Very poor decision indeed!!!they are definitely better than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe..they deserve to be in a world cup..unlike Bangladesh & Zimbabwe who turn up merely because they are full members!! what is this?? Members only??

  • hayjay on April 4, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Hmm.. so you can beat former champions Pakistan, 3 times former finalist England & even give the current champions a bit of a fright but your still not considered good enough to be at a world cup, absolute disgrace. I hate the ICC as much as I hate FIFA now. Surely the majority of peoples thoughts, including a lot of high profile player should matter.

  • on April 4, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Its a typical reaction from the post-colonial sports such as cricket, rugby and hockey. Yes it will take 5-10 years for the associates to develop a sustainable challenge to the test-playing countries, but where & when do they start? In football, any country has a chance to get to a World Cup, look at Trinidad or Togo. With these other sports there is always this fear of protecting the World Cup from one-sided games for fear the sponsors will shy away. What nonsense!!!!! They are talking out of both sides of their mouths. On one hand your want to make the sport(s) global, but only between World Cups. Try not making a World Cup 6 weeks long for starters!

  • vertical on April 4, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    ireland have some very good players and i thought they should have been allowed to play a test series or two and see what happens. Horrible decision. Somethings terribly wrong with this world.

  • on April 4, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Am gobsmacked - what a completely ridiculous decision. What planet are these jokers on?

  • M0NARCH on April 4, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    I would chuck out Zimbabwe for Ireland

  • Meety on April 4, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    @ adam_clone - the stupid thing is the ICC is right when it says that Ireland is competitive because of their programs. The ICC have got THAT bit right. I wonder how much of this decision is political? At the moment the balance of power sits nicely with certain boards - would including Ireland upset the apple-cart?????

  • on April 4, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi cricket lover I would be most disappointed to see Ireland not qualifying for the next world cup. This is the only team that showed pure fielding strength with a good batting attack. Instead of take them out of WC I believe they should be awarded the test status. They will improve way faster than any other minnows for sure.

  • TPockets on April 4, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    it's time for cricket fans, cricket lovers and cricket players to stand up against cricket administrators, one would think they should be in one of the forementioned groups!!! We want Ireland (and Netherland) back in the WORLD CUP!! And we will stand up to support the reversal of the decision of only 10 teams in the world cup!. Please fans, lets raise our voice here and make cricket the winner, as it should be! Play offs for those two last 2 spots is the least we should compromise for!! commo fans, lets not dampen the winners from this world cup, which was cricket first, and then India, lets keep it that way!! Cricket to be the winner, always!

  • a123s1l on April 4, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    ICC has no brains. Zimbabwe is below Ireland in the ODI rankings. I would suggest the following process to reduce the number of games and make the world cup interesting.

    The top 7 teams qualify automatically. 3 more have to be selected via an elimination round. Take the top associate teams which are 6, split them into two groups. Each will play each within a group once (3+3=6) games. Top 2 from this stage will be pooled with Bangladesh, WI and Zimbabwe. These 5 teams will play against each other once (10 games). The top 3 out of these will qualify for the world cup. Total number of games for selection process= 16.

    The world cup itself can have 5 teams in each group (10+10=20 games in group stage). Top 2 from each group move on to the next stage where each team from one group will play the 2 qualified from the other group (2+2=4 games). The top 2 will play the final (1 game). Total games =20+4+1=25 games

    Shorter and more interesting world cup with no injustice to any one!

  • Hoggy_1989 on April 4, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    Never would have happened if John Howard was on the ICC Board. Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful decision....I won't class the 2015 World Cup as a World Cup now; its just another Champions Trophy. Just goes to show how much power the ICC has given the BCCI here. This is the worst decision for cricket since WSC back in the 70s, although the ACB eventually came to its senses. The BCCI never will, just endless ways to get the dollar.

  • on April 4, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    It's worth nothing that Ireland is the number 10 team in the world...based on that, shouldn't Ireland be at the World Cup and not Zimbabwe? Absolutely ridiculous decision on all accounts though.

  • on April 4, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Not only could this prove a death blow to Irish cricketing aspirations, let's not forget that there is a rapidly improving Afghanistan team who until now were probably destined for great things. Seems like ICC wants to destroy whatever promise there is in the associates, so that the teams that compete for the spot in 2019 will only be a shadow of the current ones and inevitably fail to qualify. Also is there not a good chance that in say, four years, ICC revises the decision of even allowing Associates to qualify in 2019, closing that door for them and therefore burying Associate cricket?

    Like someone said earlier, a business that does not expand dies out.

  • Rajesh_13 on April 4, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    This decision is not timely and wise. These big venues will give these countries an opportunities to grow. We only have 12-14 countries that play serious cricket and not allowing them to play in a big game, will only diminish the good spirit shown by teams like Ireland.

  • on April 4, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    When i thought about, they might get test status! They r even found themself out frm the world cup!!! Wow! What a shame ICC!!!

  • NonStriker on April 4, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    I'd like to see a better qualifying format for the WC... maybe only ten teams in the WC propper but make everyone who doesn't make the semis play off for the last 6 spots. Maybe Associates and those who didn't make QFs play off and then home and away against the quarter finalists. That way you would give the likes of Ireland a fair crack at getting to the world cup and also give associates meaningful cricket against Test nations irrespective of whether they qualify or not. I know that people will cite fixture congestion but something has to be done to give associates fair dig more regularly than just every four years, and even more so now this short sighted decision has been made. Its a silly closed shop and I don't think a cogent argument can be made for prefering Zimbabwe ahead of Ireland (for example).

  • on April 4, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Ireland need the big names - England , Australia to come out in the Associates (And Cricket's) defense and say they will not play a "World Cup" game if the Associates are not included.

    Have they not heard of the business motto "Expand or die" ?

    Disgraceful decision. The reas n I and my friends got into cricket was because of Irelands efforts in the 2007 WC.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on April 4, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Irelany is a high -standard cricket playing station. They very much looked like a proper cricket team when they beat Pakistan in 2007. It wasn't a fluke and they proved that by beating England in 2011. As a Pakistani support, I back them all the way.

    The ICC should revert to the 1992 format of the WC, the best ever while 2011 was probably the worst.

  • Stumpbreaker on April 4, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    In the aussie conditions.. Ireland can easily beat bangladesh.. pakistan.. windies.. zim etc.. They shud have played.. it wud be funny to see the how the so called tier 2 test teams play in challenging conditions.

  • jazee on April 4, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    I believe there should be 12 teams. 10 should be first apointed based on their last WC performance. The team# 11 and team #12 in the rank should play a round robin with 2 or more associate teams as qualifying for WC before the actual tournament began (Venue could be host of the WC or a neutral venue). The 2 best of the qualifiers be added to make the total 12 teams.

    The 12 teams then be devided into 2 groups and best 4 from each group will play QF and so on. What do you think?

  • cricket_lover_usa_india on April 4, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    As a cricket lover from India, I am appalled by this. Ireland certainly deserves to be there. I urge all players from India to raise their voices to give cricket in Ireland a chance. As for the ICC, it is time they bothered about the game instead of solely focusing on the dollars.

  • ygkd on April 4, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    Someone needs to send the ICC a dictionary so they can work out what the word "world" actually means.

  • Amu123 on April 4, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    if it were 10 teams then they should have made zim, bangladesh, ireland, netherlands, kenya & canada to play out for the last 2 spots.... then a deserving 2 teams will go to wc.... this is unfair, unless icc can squeeze in more international fixtures for ireland etc. i do notsee cricket going anywhere globally....

  • JamesSparrow on April 4, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    Now it is effectively the champions trophy isnt it

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Wow, this is beyond my comprehension... The decisions to only include teams that are test playing nations.. talk about sense.. and honestly, this does not from any angle. What exactly is the qualifying characteristic for a test nation? Hmm beat two test playing nations? (That was the case with Bangladesh atleast) Then Ireland have qualified for that honor (Pakistan, England). ICC and its corporate money market first approach, has diminished the charm of game. I'm a Pakistani, but I love the flair my Irish brothers bring to the field. I bet, they can beat Bangladesh or Zimbabwe 7 times out of ten they play. They are that good!! I'll root for you, GO IRISH !!

  • Vinod on April 4, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    ICC is out of touch with real world....sitting in those air conditioned rooms they are killing the game.... Ireland plays better cricket than West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe... I think Ireland should play the next World Cup or else it will be a big shame on Cricket.! Every cricket supporter must come out and support the case of Ireland.!

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    @Edson Charikinya. Pretty hard to win a bilateral series when you don't get the opportunity to play in one.

  • Swampy5 on April 4, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    A really terrible decision - there have been some shockers made by the ICC over the years but this one is surely the worst of all. Where is the incentive for the Associates to promote and grow the game now? There is no need for this...I'm gutted for Ireland and the other associates.

  • currie_I_G on April 4, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    please please ICC revert back this decision and have a qualifier to fix the last 4 spots in the 2015 world cup. having a 10 nation world cup is actually a good idea.

    guys we need to make a petition if ICC continues to be adamant with this decision. ireland and the netherlands were much more promising than bangladesh and zimbabwe. screw the ICC

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    leaving out canada and kenya may be Ok as their performance was not up to the mark. Ireland is one team that shown they do belong here at this level of game.

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    What a garbage decision. Ireland and the Netherlands deserve another go of it.

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Absolute crap from ICC. Have they gone out of their minds or what !!! ICC is there to promote and popularize the game through out the world .....am I right???

  • pkXI on April 4, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    I'm thinking that they should make it like the Fifa world cup.

  • Mariakutty on April 4, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    How is cricket going to be global with this decision??

  • pkXI on April 4, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    This is nothing short of outrageous. ICC is proving that it's no good at deciding anything.

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    ICC's decision is right but some thing have to be done to select the 10 teams, you can not garantee a spot in the world cup to Zimbabwae, Bangladesh or even to the West Indies. There should be performance of the team. 7-10 in ICC ranking teams should play with Ire Land, Holand, Afganistan and Canada to Win there spot in the world cup. This will be fair for the game of cricket. You can not let some team down for 8 eight long years its not fair. ICC should look into this. I like 10 team's world cup and i am talking about this from many years now. So ICC you should this more.

  • andreww8889 on April 4, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    How can this be allowed to happen, what a total disgrace, I know I am probably repeating everyone elses' thought s' on this but seriously what are they playing at. A Sham. Top dogs looking after top dogs again. I know we guessed it was coming but I thought they may have actually taken notice of the performances in this worl cup. Zim were no great shakes but they are getting better, would Ireland or Dutch put it up to them. The only thing that will come out of this is more Irish players declaring for England now. We can say goodbye for sure now to Dockrell, Stirling and god knows who else.

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    I totally wont agree with the ICC decision. The cricket should not been played in 10 test playing nations. It should popularise as a sporting event. Very bad decision by ICC. Not only Ireland, all other countries who were playing cricket should be encouraged with such type of tournaments. Who knows how string will be the teams like Ireland after four year if they get regular series playing against good teams...

  • Kalan9211 on April 4, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Great decisin by ICC, after 1992 world cup 2015 wil be best world cup with almost all competitive matches. Winning against england doesn't mean anything for ireland, they were just lucky against poor english side.

  • currie_I_G on April 4, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    PLEASE PLEASE have a qualifier for the 2015 world cup. it cannot be a world cup if it doesn't have a qualifier. i actually agree with the decision that the number of teams should be cut down to 10, but giving automatic qualification to teams and excluding teams like IRELAND who have done quite well is simply ludicrous. let the top 6 qualify directly for the world cup 2015 and let there be 4 qualifying spots. THIS IS THE ONLY FAIR THING TO DO

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    Haroon Lorgat is terrible for world cricket, firstly, it's a world championship so it should include teams rather than exclude them, imagine what would Olympics look like if certain countries were omitted cause they are not "good enough"? Ireland unfortunately despite being better than Zimbabwe for quite some time now in the rankings will have to lose out because the are an associate nation.

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    Seriously though as someone involved in cricket in Ireland, since this WC, we've had dozens of new enquiries at our local club, there are kids playing cricket in the fields and the feeling was good. The time for Irish cricket to expand locally and via sponsorship is NOW! Not in 8 years time. How do the ICC expect associate countries to find sponsors and support themselves without the carrot of a WC position. Total disgrace and I hope the backlash causes the ICC much discomfort.

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    this is a terrible decision by dropping the second tier nations from the next world cup it is essentially taking the world out of the world cup the ICC should be ashamed

  • kalyanbk on April 4, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    If the ICC wants the games to be competitive, give 2-4 associate qualifiers full ODI status for 4 years. This means that all test nations have to mandatorily play one home and one away ODI series against them in a span of 4 years. 25 ODIs a year will be 100 games experience when they come to a World Cup. Then you will see competitive cricket. Otherwise you have a situation where they come from club cricket to the World Cup. Games against 'A' Sides is not enough. The world cup could be a top 12 event based on the ODI performance in those 4 years. We do not want Ireland to go the Kenya way. The problem is test nations play each other too frequently and do not want to play Associate nations.

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Poor Icccccccccccccccccccccccccccc...................Poor Ireland.The decision came soon after the 2011 worldcup because ICC really a big Planner of time they saw in past what Ireland did to Pakistan in 2007 and to England in 2011.Now the next target was India 2015 and last nt the least Aussies in 2019.So this is the future Plan to safe India and Australia from Defeat.Well done ICC great thinking.

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Mushfiq,

    Playing numbers went from 15,000 to 25,000 since the 2007 World Cup and Cricket Ireland can't keep up with the demand at the minute.

    We are Associate champions at numerous underage levels, why can't the success be sustain? No-one is CI is looking for Test status, but our performances in ODI over the guts of the last decade means that we shoudn't get a seat at the table.

    I spent the last month in India at the World Cup, with everyone from the Indian media, foreing pundits down to the Indians we met along the way telling us how impressed they were with Ireland.

    The ICC should be ashamed of themselves. They don't want a World Cup, they want a glorified Champions Trophy

  • Julian_Franklin on April 4, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Why can't two non-test playing nations take part rather than none or four?

    Having said that, the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, with just the test playing nations taking part is generally regarded as being 'the best' World Cup to date ...

    ... lucky Aus and NZ, their next World Cup promises great things too as a result!

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    An absolute disgrace!. ICC tries to develop cricket in associate nations but then takes away the chance for winning the top prize. What motivation are you leaving these countries with!???

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Can't be a world cup without the world being able to qualify. The only people I see benefiting form this decision are the bookies, who now have easier odds to calculate as well as not having to pay out when an associate team pulls a surprise. I wish ICC invites the Associates to join the 50 over Knockout Cup if it insists on keeping them out of the WC.

  • on April 4, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    good decision. Ireland does not have sustainability in the game. they do not have fan base, club or cricket structure. even the in their media they only get 2 inch of space. Ireland needs to build that structure first not just relying on English county. and stop comparing Ireland with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. even before getting test status or even ODI Bangladesh has club and cricket structure set in their country. they played regular cricket before getting the status.

  • Aura123 on April 4, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    I am pakistani and loved watching Ireland during the world cup. This news is shocker and not fair with Ireland who had proved during the world cup that if given the opportunity can very exciting side in world of cricket. Some headless chickens are running ICC. Ireland should appeal against this decision and should not sit quitely and accept,

  • Kirk-at-Lords on April 4, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    I was introduced to cricket in South Africa in 2002-2003, with the joy and thrills of a locally hosted World Cup. If this ICC decision stands, I am likely to end my connection with cricket not long after the 2011 edition. The whole proceedings had the whiff of fix and sham about it, although it might have been a bit more interesting with SA in the mix. In the end, cricket is simply too ingrown and inbred to be a global sport, but now that the Indian money machine has been turned on (both legally with IPL and -- with spot and match fixing -- illegally), cricket has ceased to be the lovely little jewel that it was in the aftermath of the first match-fixing scandal at the end of the last millennium. The result of both these trends is an ICC that stands for "Imbecilic Club of Chums". When my Internet video subscription runs out at the end of 2011, I very much doubt I will continue to vote with my money to support this very, very sad state of affairs.

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    OKAY, but Ireland and Netherlands should be given more chances like including them in triseries regularly

  • ROLAYH on April 4, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    why don't they make the count 11 instead of 10... Ireland really deserves to be there... especially on bouncy tracks of Australia they are expected to perform better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh...

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    I think its an absolute farce! As an Indian, this takes the gloss of our world cup win a bit. The world cup needs to be a prestigious event, and if it is not global there is no point in playing this sport. For all the Irish....when the going gets tough the tough get going. Don't lose hope guys and fight for this. If you want something badly in life....you will get it after some toil. The ICC are the biggest villians in the cricket world led by the most corrupt man in this world, Sharad Pawar. If their incentive in life is only money and no morals....god will teach them a lesson. Fight against this injustice guys...Im sure you'll come out on top. I urge every cricket lover to support you I challenge the ICC to keep a qualification tournament. Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and West Indies cannot get qualification just on the basis of ICC's bias towards their boards for money. If you can't keep the morals of this sport alive I'm sorry nobody would want to watch this lovely sport.

  • sliceanddice on April 4, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    I don't get it - you want more teams to up their level of cricket, so you take away the biggest incentive any national team can have - to play in the World Cup. Preposterous.

  • Maroyu on April 4, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    I think that Ireland and the other excluded Associates should now make sure the cricket never makes it to the Olympics.

    The ICC seems only to exist to protect the prestige of it's full members, and so the only way to make them take any notice is to take away the chance of their member to win the most prestigious medal of all.

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    I personally think that World Cup is not the place to prove how good an Associate nation is. It is a playground to find the best of the best.

    However, having said that, to be fair and to make the World Cup competitive and for the growth of cricket, I think that the two full nations ranked bottom in the ICC ODI ranking should be pitched against the top 2 or 4 Associate nations and the best 2 among the 4 or 6 competitors should fill in the 9th and 10th slot for the World Cup. This way if the Associate nations are better than the bottom ranked 2 full nations, they get to play the World Cup.

  • patelamit_a on April 4, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    What an absolute BLUNDER!!!!! I can't believe this is happening. Ireland is great team and they have proved this over and over gain. This is disgraceful.

  • BurningBright on April 4, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Look,I think the ICC should make it a 12 team WC with the top 2 teams from the Associate nations making the final cut..Whatever be the emotional sentiments, the truth is that most of the minnows' games were very one-sided and boring.There is nothing to be gained by getting hammered by the top nations in front of the world.I feel ICC should bridge the gap between Associates and test nations by encouraging Test nations' A-teams to visit the associates,include them in their domestic competitions or even include them for warm-up 4 day games before a bilateral Test series.For example, when India tour England maybe one of the warm up 3 day games could be against Ireland. This way they get exposure to top-grade cricket without degrading the quality of the big tournaments.And the top 2 associates get to play in the WC. Well, those are my 2 cents anyway..

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    The big media/corporate engine that powers the World Cup came to the West Indies and told the ppl of the Caribbean "don't do this, you can only celebrate in XYZ way.' Then when the crowds didn't show up, all of a sudden restrictions were removed. I refer back to 2007 to say that all decisions by the ICC group are driven simply by money and the television rights etc and not for the overall good of the game. Think about it, which country has the most influence with the TV and the money? India. India is the power broker in this entire process, what India wants. India will get. I was going to take my first trip out to Australia and New Zealand for the World Cup. But, I will show my view on this decision with my wallet. I won't go. Ireland and the other nations showed fighting spirit, it was matches such as that against England which I will remember. David vs Goliath battles are what makes sport and cricket intriguing.

  • stationmaster on April 4, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Indian players - PLEASE support island Ireland and help them get into the World cup. PLEASE

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    incompetent, immoral, and travesty of justice. Only goes to show the greed and commercial-mindedness of the powers-that-be.

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    what a farce......total disgrace...what message are they sending to cricket hopefuls who's dream is to play in the world cup what about the development of cricket they are looking for the development of there pockets...sad day for cricket where the administration wins and the game looses !!!i should be a writer

  • dalok on April 4, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    I was never a big fan of ICC but under Haroon ICC has sunk to a new low. Not sure if this state is brought by our own Sharad Pawar. In any case, ICC seems to be more focussed on ensuring their financial success than the good of cricket. 16 teams in WC is a good idea. 2007 WC was a good format. Don't be scared if the poor test teams get knocked out in first round. Don't have the entitlement mentality. If you do the game will suffocate and die. For the record I believe 1992 WC had the worst format. Too many games that are inconsequential.

  • Sachin_Cricket_God on April 4, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    2015 world cup only Full Members (Test playing) nations will be playing.... so does that mean none of the teams will be allocated TEST status even if they perform better than Bangladesh? and If any of the country gets Test status won't they qualify for the world cup 2015?

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    This is like stabbing a promising young cricketer straight through the heart with a lance. The ICC cannot get away with this decision.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on April 4, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Must add my voice to the nearly universal revulsion. The only comment defending the decision that I found (out of nearly 250 up to now) had to do with the lack of domestic infrastructure in Ireland. That is exactly what entry into events like the World Cup is supposed to stimulate, with some proper support from the ICC itself (through its previously loudly self-proclaimed global development branch). Other team sports make pots of money and still have a proper world cup. They are both larger (football) and roughly on a par (rugby) with cricket. Why cannot cricket do the obviously smart thing and guarantee inclusion of the top 6 or 8 ranked sides, and have a pre-Cup event for the 2 or 4 remaining sides to round out the 10-team limit? If this decision stands, the ICC ought to be renamed the "Idiotic Chums' Club". Yet one more reason, if any more were needed, for a complete bottom-up revision of cricket governance. Ian Chappell, it's time for you to raise the call once again...

  • ishtiaqahmed84 on April 4, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    actually they dont want ppl to play cricket... when fifa does its best to globalize the game icc just want to discourage ppl playing the game..ireland was in my view the team of the tournament..in this way cricket can never move forward.......I RILLY FEEL SRY FOR IRELAND WHO RILLY DESERVE to play in every world cup...

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    It is going to be hard to bother watching the 2015 world cup. the ICC are mainly asian based, so they are afraid of letting bangladesh go into a qualifier. it is an utter shambles. Ireland way off the top teams like India (congrats to them on WC) south africa, sri lanka and south africa, england and new zealand but can match west indies if they are supported rather than dumped by the ICC.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 4, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    ICC IS COOKING CRICKET NOT DEVELOPING. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. SPORTS LIKE SOCCER & RUGBY EXPANDED NO OF TEAM IN THE WORLD CUP OVER THE YEARS. CRICKET IS GOING BACK TO OLD DAYS. HAVE THE WC BETWEEN AUS & POMS ONLY.

  • Nitesh.Chandra on April 4, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    what else can one expect from an organization with Sharad Pawar as its chief? Clue: sample how as agriculture minister, he helped the price rise to stratospheric levels; witness how his name crops u in invariably every scam that is unearthed in India. With such an utterly incorrigible moral compass to guide the ICC, to expect fairplay and transparency would be utter folly.

  • tkno on April 4, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    The top 10 teams should play the WC. How can you decide in 2011 as to who will be the top 10 teams ( in terms of PERFORMANCE in the 50 over game) in 2015?

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Hey ICC, Ireland starts with the letter I and incase you havent noticed so does India! So Ireland should be included and we can remove a country like Zimbabwe for 2015. lol!

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    If ICC need money badly, sale the cricket to BCCI completely. Don't call cricket a sport anymore. It's just a betting machine now.

  • hottiicee on April 4, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Hmmmmm, utter utter rubbish, one of the most favorite teams in the world, as a caribbean cricket lover and supporter, this is heart breaking. They have worked so hard to get here and now ICC just throws them out along with the other teams as well, this just goes to show, they only care about the money and their friggin pockets. On a better note u Irish lads, the W.I. coach says get rid off all the senior players on the W.I Team, so i suggest you guys tenure your Applications, you never know!!!!!! Lolzzzzzzz.

  • dr_zzzzz on April 4, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Yet again the ICC shows itself up as an out of touch, self absorbed and incompetent body. It is a disgrace to cricket and the sooner the incumbents in positions of power within it are removed the better for the future of cricket. While the ICC remains in its current state, the love of money, rather than the love of cricket will be the factor which dictates the game.

  • adam_clone on April 4, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    What a bunch of jokers! And to see Haroon Lorgat claim that the Irish are competitive today because of ICC programs! I say @#$%! I am not Irish. But I sincerely feel an impulse to vow never to watch a World cup match again !!! I am seriously considering it.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on April 4, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Tendulkar,Dhoni and Yuvraj. Could you please come in support of Ireland.

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    What a absolute sham of a world cup that will be. It is a "world cup" not a Icc top ten tournament!!! The associate nations add color and entertainment to the world cup now it will be just another Icc tournament ....

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    CA - If Ireland get test status then Ire vs Eng will be bigger than the ashes. ECB - If Ireland get test status then where will we get our players from. BCCI - If Ireland becomes a full member then there is one more vote against us. ICC - whatever you say master

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    Ireland are now ranked in the top 10 in the ODI rankings yet are denied a place in the World Cup, not because they are not good enough but because they've never played a test match. Absolutely ludicrous decision.

  • Nampally on April 4, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    If Cricket is to be a World sport, it needs to be more inclusive rather than exclusive. The WC just concluded in the Indian sub continent had the right mix of the nations. It should continue at least with the same number of nations participating. Otherwise it is not a World Cup. Follow the motto of Olympic games which includes all nations. n this case it should be at least the cricket playing nations. Wake up ICC. You Must be more proactive not retro active.

  • adam_clone on April 4, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Guys! Cut the b*******! This is just waste of time. I am sure the heads that function at the ICC are sooooooo empty that our voices, if they ever reach them, will still get in through one ear and pass through the other. There's nothing inside those loggerheads that can make our voices make any sense. I feel soooo very ashamed to belong to a test playing nation, whose board was one of the reasons why the Irish have been shut out!!! To hell with the ICC. We need a just and sincere cricket body to govern the sport. Not a bunch of businessmen who dont give a damn about the game. What a disgrace! I wish I could put in the real words that are popping in my mind to describe the ICC. But sadly, if I do so, the admins will not publish my comment.

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    I don't think ICC has taken a wrong decision! Ireland doesn't have proper domestic league even. Probably, this batch of players are playing well because of their involvement in County cricket but they can't assure sustainability in terms of producing players. Even if they produce good cricketers, most of them will play for England if chance knocks the door. The sole reason will be the desire for playing test cricket! So, what if, Ireland turns out to be Kenya in 2015? That's why, you play with 10 full time teams in the next World Cup, give high performing associate teams a timeline and chance to develop domestic infrastructure and then ask them to compete with full members to secure a spot in 2019 WC! I think, the decision makes sense! This can turn out to be a classic example of sports management in future! :)

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Absolutely rubbish.. Irish provided us great entertainment during the worldcup, We Indians stand shoulder to shoulder in your protests. ICC is bunch of old baffoons running the show, get the hell out of this sport... We are all Irish today

  • tkno on April 4, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Why don't cricinfo ask Tendulkar in an interview whether he thinks that teams like Ireland who have done so well deserve to be given more chances to compete? If Tendulkar says yes - like I believe he will - and then if that comment is highlighted, that could really set the ball in motion for a fairer and more competitive future for the world of cricket. Surely something can be done about this stupidity / arrogance from the ICC?

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Disgraceful! ICC really should know better

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    This ICC move is pretty disappointing. Ireland has shown great potential as next strong team for future and instead of helping them they are discouraging them and simply showing disregard to Irish accomplishments in the sport.

    this is all BCCI's burocracy...instead of giving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe free pass, they probably should do a qualification round involving those two and top 4 associates nation and pick best 2 from those 6. that would give everyone a fair chance in my opinion.

    hope ICC reconsiders this....GROW THE SPORT

  • jpaul211 on April 4, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    This is terrible. The ICC big wigs are money minded. They do not care for sport or sports person. Terrible news. It will not be a true world cup.

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Galls me that BCCI-pandering ICC are so selfish and blind, when the ordinary Indian fans, and the champion Indian players, have been so fair, so welcoming and gracious - beggers belief.

  • ShriT on April 4, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    STUPID decision. This will KILL the cricket in Associate nations :-( - and eventually everywhere. This should be reversed to allow top 2 associate nations to compete in the World Cup! SHAME on ICC...!

  • devlsmurf on April 4, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    For all you who think this is a ridiculous decision, express your thoughts via email to enquiry@icc-cricket.com and address your email to the Executive board.

    With enough mail, they can not do anything else but listen to the voices.

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Yeah this is just stupid ae? I like watching Ireland etc play and they can really put up a good fight. They have the potential to beat associate nations and they have shown that. What on earth is ICC doing???

  • jishubhai on April 4, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    It was the best entertaining world cup I have seen and the Teams like Ireland had a significant contribution to that. I want to see them in the next edition. Everyone should raise their voice against this bizzare decision by ICC.

  • imkoolkrab on April 4, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Its very discouraging and stupid decision. Ireland has proved themselves in World Cup. All nations should be given equal chance to prove themselves.

  • wizzla on April 4, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Who are these ICC guys? as a WI fan I cannot watch world cup and not see the IRISH team. thanks to England and Ireland i was entertained this year. There is strength in unity and if we all oppose this decision then it must be reversed. If not The 10 teams will play to and for themselves in an empty stadium then use their cap to beg contributions to pay their fare home.

  • aliarshadjafri on April 4, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    ICC is run by a bunch of troglodytes, who don't believe in spreading the joys of cricket.

  • on April 4, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    On one side ICC spending millions of dollars for the development cricket in various countries and on the other side closed there doors for the team like Ireland which proved there skill and commitment to the world cricket, I dont know who give the type of proposals for the betterment of cricket at least 12 teams should be included the next world cup two teams like Ireland and Bangladash

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    It would be nice if Sachin or Dhoni came out in support of the Irish. I am sure in their hearts they know that a great injustice is being done to cricket.

  • Churmsy on April 4, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    10 teams -10 test playing nations. No qualification. I thought cricket was a gentlemens game. Play fair and all that!Ruddy ridiculous. I'm English and the world cup wouldn't be the same without us being thrashed by a 'minnow'. 150 odd posts on here from all cricketing nations and all outraged. ICC does not represent anybody but themselves. Resign the lot of you. We don't need you and don't want you running our game. Perhaps we ought to have an alternative world cup with the associates only - far more fun to watch.

  • Quinnski on April 4, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Looks like the ICC has no interest in promoting the game beyond the traditional countries. Apart from the SA game Ireland were competitive in all their matches, which can't be said for all teams. The CWC has generated loads of interest here, all that will end now - our rising stars will try to follow Eoin Morgan to England and who would blame them. As for "no first class structure", my guess is we have less than 5000 adult players here, at all levels, north and south. As an Aussie fan told me in Barbados during CWC 07, that's less than in his rural cricket association in Victoria. How can you make a first class structure out of those numbers? Even without it Ireland have been competitive in two successive world cups. I feel very sorry for the Irish players and officials. After the last world cup the ICC gave Ireland US$50k (versus Pakistan's US$10MM). What they've done this time is much worse. I for one won't be taking days off work to watch the next tournament!

  • Rakesh_Sharma on April 4, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    I find all indian fans supporting Ireland. We have a way friends. Let Tendulkar, Dhoni, Yuvraj make a statement that Ireland is worthy and we will get them. Comeon my friends if you can try to make Tendulkar,Dhoni and Yuvraj to support Ireland.Than noone can deny them. Hi Sachin Tendulkar,You are the greatest player .Please please make a statement in support of Ireland .Same with Dhonoi and Yuvraj. Lead the cricket Sir Tendulkar. Ireland will be greatful for life. Make a difference.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Feel sorry for Ireland, they will definitely be missed in the 2015 event ...

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Absolute joke. Haroon Lorgat is clearly only concerned with the big teams. Not that Ireland beat England and pushed all the other test match teams or anything... Absolute idiots.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    This is utter disappointment ..

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    The ICC decision is an absolute discouragement for many teams. Ireland gave a nice fight in all the matches. For team like those ICC should be make rules for more betterment for their improvement. Instead they became a hurdle. I would suggest ICC is organize more tournaments with those nations or at least some qualification rounds to give them a change to prove them self to get qualified. but not to neglect and ignore them

  • wnwn on April 4, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    There's still 4 years until the next world cup so hopefully this decision can be reversed. If Ireland play the top teams more often over the next few years and manage to beat them on a more regular basis it will put enormous pressure on the icc to reinstate them.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    This is like apartheid for 8 years....

    Absolute disaster of a decision, even after watching the performance of Kevin O'Brien and Ireland. I am a fan of the 1992 format ...it definitely had the benefits ... but can allow only a limited number of teams. The 2011 format has proved useful but.....

    12 is the ideal number.. Automatic qualification for top-8 teams and qualification for the other 4.. and divide them in 2 groups .. and please skip the quarter finals... the aim of the group-state matches is to qualify to plan knockouts and not to see who comes 1st 2nd in group etc.. No Quarter finals means each match is a do-or die for some teams. makes for exciting cricket..

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    I think it is safe to say that today marks the beginning of the death of cricket. It is clear that the ICC and BCCI just want to milk the fans for the money and suck cricket dry of its charm and enthusiasm.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 4, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    14 teams was too many, 10 teams too few. The solution? 12! Hopefully the ICC will wake up and smell the coffee. Still 4 years to come and plenty of time to reverse this stupid decision. Also, if qualifying, why not do what soccer does and have EVERYONE qualify? It'd be interesting to see if Zimbabwe could qualify ahead of Ireland if they had to play against each other.

  • amilams on April 4, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    wow this is a great news for teams like England. Now they can take more players from other countries. ICC Sucks....

  • samcoury on April 4, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    I never comment on this or any other board, but I am so disgusted by the injustice and idiocy of this decision that I am compelled to. Something should be done. Petition? Riot? Any suggestions?

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Very good decision. Ireland a one hit wonders, they have never won an ODI series against any of the test playing teams. There are Englands boggy side and that does not waranty them a sit with the best.

  • Stark62 on April 4, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Complete DISGRACE!!!!!

    It's as simple as that.

  • tkno on April 4, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Should be 10 or 12 teams for WC; the top six go through based on ranking as determined on a particular cut-off day. The other eight fight for the remaining spots in a qualifying tournament. The ICC makes it sound as if cricket is under martial rule. Dictatorship! Don't the fans have any say??!

  • deewana2009 on April 4, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    WORST DAY in the history of Cricket...!!!!!!

  • masmatin on April 4, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    This is stupid decision by the BCCI...I mean ICC

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    disastor, disastor, an absolute disastor. 10 test-playing nations? who's 'World Cup' is it going to be?

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    THE`` ICC`` BUNCH OF MONEY HUNGRY,TOW FACED BIGOTS.SHAME ON YOU ALL.ENGLAND SHOULD HAVE STUCK UP FOR IRELAND BUT NEVER SAID A WORD, SPINELESS.THE NEXT ENGLISH WORLD CUP TEAM WILL BE 90% IRISH.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Disgraceful! Absolutely disgusting! :-(

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Our man Sarad Pawar should be the sole reason behind this. chuck him out. bloody useless fellow

  • Farhad-Shamsi on April 4, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    IRE and NED are good, but CAN and KEN are not quite. ICC should have staged it in steps -- 12 teams for 2015, 10 teams for 2019. or, why not have 15 teams (say, + Afghanistan or some other) in 2015, with 3 round-robin Groups. And, also why not have 2 or 3 matches each day in the round-robin? That way, WC will be over in 25-30 days, rather than 45 days. If WC Football can have 3/4 matches on a single day, why can't WC Cricket ? The more teams, the merrier it will be. It will also be good for cricket as a world sports.

  • sunnymachoo on April 4, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Highly unjust and disappointing! The whole current ICC management is ruining cricket. Someone please save cricket! I repeat please save cricket from fading because of this bunch... ='(

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Why call this THE WORLD CUP.I am completely disappointed and ashamed, of this decision.this is not the way to bring the word CRICKET TO THE WORLD.We as cricket fans try to spread the name of cricket to people who does not know about this game .The officials of this game,try to erase the name from the map.at the very inception of this game it was only England & Australia played this internationally. Now there are Ten countries involved.Almost all these teams do very well in cricket.Srilanka was no where twenty years ago. but now they are head to head with the world cup champs. Are the officials scared that Ireland too will come to that stage some day?

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    I never had faith in the ICC and know they are a bunch of empty heads. They never cared for the upliftment of associate teams and are only looking to ensure that rich boards like BCCI, ECB and ACB grow richer.

    Ponting must be happy now because he got his wish fulfilled. My sympathies with the Irish fans. Today's the worst day in cricket.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    ten team s fine.....like india pakistan srilanka aus south africa england.....6 team must qualify.....then rest 4 team hv tier 2..........nz , west indiz , zim . bangladesh .. ireland and nedharland......tier 3....rest of associates........every time 2 country wll go up and down as per their performance.....like english premier leauge

  • New_Canadian on April 4, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    ICC need to look at themselves in the mirror. Do they represent all cricketers and cricket playing nations? Or just ten full members!

    Canada and Ireland, as well as the other Associates have started to perform quite well with HP support from ICC.

    We need to remember it took Sri Lanka many years to develop into a 1st class playing country and Ireland are leading the way developing at a similar pace. Scotland, Canada and Afghanistan have all made great strides.

    Perhaps all Associate countries need to create a seperate competition similar to the Trophy held in Canada in the early 90's.?

  • tkno on April 4, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Ridiculous decision!! Some of the most heart-warming - and competittive - performances of this world cup came from Ireland, and ten doeschate of the Netherlands. I was just hoping that after their performances, Ireland would be able to keep a few players from moving to England and thus increase their competitiveness. It should be mandatory for the permanent members to tour the associate countries, and those matches should contribute to the ODI rankings. The honour of playing in the world cup should be based either on rankings, or on the basis of a qualifying tournament.Otherwise why have rankings? The ICC simply seems to be interested only in their own politics and revenue,rather than in developing the breadth and depth of the game of cricket.

  • deewana2009 on April 4, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    The worst decision in the history of Cricket.... I not only want the decision to change.... i want the whole administration to change.... Haroon Lorgat should be made to resign with immediate effects....

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    if test nation can't play to many worldcup matches than do not play wordcup. let's come new team to play to show their talent how good thay are

  • jopa on April 4, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    That is a fair decision, wait, provided ICC lets all countries to play qualifying matches and not take the first 10 ranked teams! Much like world cup football, where every team has to go through a qualifying process....

  • wambling_future on April 4, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Well I agree to the Idea of 10 teams to have less one-sided match but still there should have been a qualifier for 9th and 10th spot. Top 8 teams should get auto entry in World cup while rest of the associate teams along with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh should fight it out for remaining two spot. All due respect to Bangladesh team but being bold out for less than 100 twice in your own backyard is worse performance than Netherlands. So they also need to earn their place. I hope common sense prevails and ICC can still make amendments to their hideous stupidity.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    This is really senceless decision. There is no logic at all.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Its a most bizzare decision but not so surprising by considering ICC is ran by a thug of businessman who only consider MONEY! There are no top level player who played genuine cricket in ICC where the contemporary FIFA has greats like Backenbaur and Platini on the wings. If cricket ought to be a global sports this is a complete disaster. I am a Bangladeshi. Ireland is not a threat to us or Zim. They are worthy competitors. Netherlands is another one. ICC has killed Kenyan cricket by its own hand by not giving them opportunity when they were in top. If there is no opportunity there will be no players coming up. Ireland is now in far better situation than what we were in 2000 when test status was given to us. If they are given test status that will help Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, West Indies and New Zealand to to improve more or may be create a second tier. But this decision was made to grab more money by making India play more matches in a WC. Totally non-sporting.

  • rayinto on April 4, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    No longer a World Cup - demoted to an ICC Cup! Ridiculus! You would think that the objective would be to spread the game globally. The time was ripe for Ireland to joint the big boys. Netherlands was not far behind. Scotland could have been next. This is a dumb move by the ICC. As a crickting fan, I feel helpless. I wish I had a vote. Does ICC really care about this game or the fans? Idiots!

  • jessiedog on April 4, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Another example of the cart leading the horse!! ICC should be renamed the IICC. Or just BCCI to keep it simple, there is more than one team/country to make cricket the prroduct that it is. There would be no Sri Lanka , Bangladesh or Zimbabwae if this was done 15 + years ago. So short sighted.....

  • Gansmith on April 4, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and I think this is the worst decision the ICC could have made. I thought we were trying to make Cricket a global sport. It is pretty obvious form the player that love to play cricket that they eventually want to play Test cricket not Twenty20. I never liked the ICC and BCCI. Cricket has taken a big step back and with this philosophy will never become a global sport. Catastrophic day for cricket. :(

  • Gansmith on April 4, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and I think this is the worst decision the ICC could have made. I thought we were trying to make Cricket a global sport. It is pretty obvious form the player that love to play cricket that they eventually want to play Test cricket not Twenty20. I never liked the ICC and BCCI. Cricket has taken a big step back and with this philosophy will never become a global sport. Catastrophic day for cricket. :(

  • Rakesh_Sharma on April 4, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Lorgat is an absolute disaster. No logic in decision. I can never beleive any WC without a single associate.Ideal number is 12 teams. Having 14 teams was a wrong decision. Havinf 12 with just finalist of qualifying tournament is correct. The biggest beneficiary of thios decision is Bangladesh who are helped all around. Again 2019 Wc is also set up for exactly same teams. Any kid will understand that Zimbabwe and Bangladesh playing top teams for 8 years before qualifying will have players wit 100 s of match experience ,The associates will be at a huge disadvantage. To a certain extent Ireland is responsible as it does not show ambition for playing higher grade cricket. If they can get Test they could have set up First class structure. It is not possible other way round

  • candyfloss on April 4, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    I hope Ricky Ponting is happy now.It was after all him, adding fuel to raging fire about not having associates at the world cup and besides when selfish bodies like BCCI,ECB and CA are together what can you expect? Really hope Ireland participates in more bilateral or tri series its not the end of the road and keep fighting guys.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    This is a terrible decision, and it really is a big slap in the face for nations who, with the right support and guidance, achieve big things in the sport. Both the Dutch and the Irish teams played well enough to justify more chances to play against regular test playing nations. Now, players such as the O'Brien brothers, Porterfield, the very exciting Stirling will be tempted to try and qualify for England. I hope that this isn't the case, but I fear it might be. For the good of the cricketing world such as it is, this unbelievable decision must be reversed.

  • sweetspot on April 4, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    There is ONE MAN who can change this! If MS Dhoni says he and his men are not going to play this nonsense game, ICC will include even 45 teams if need be!

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    I agree with ICC on 10 teams for the WC. It makes the tournament compact and more interesting. However, the bottom 3-4 teams should be selected via a qualification. This way, teams like the Irish will have a chance for qualification.

    @blondblackberry, I am not sure if we are watching cricket in the same world, but apparently, Pakistan, one of the semi-finalists, played very well, and had they not run into us Indians, might have as well played in the finals. They managed all this despite their depleted resources. Please make some sensible comments.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    What's been nice is seeing how the majority of people on here are against this ridiculous decision- good to see the average cricket fan has more sense than the ICC! If the ICC wants the game to develop globally (which, let's not forget, is something they're in charge of), then this is nothing more than a stupid, backwards step.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on April 4, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    For all fans here Zimbabwe is test playing country. They temporarily withdrew due to political turmoil. I feel young generation of fans need better update or the author should edit some posts. There are 10 Test playing countries. Zimbabwe is a full member.

  • ronnie22 on April 4, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    An absolutely appalling decision made by ignorant bureaucrats. How about a simple definition of "World Cup" ? If this is to be the format then it is definitely NOT a "World" Cup so why bother at all. It is teams like ireland and Netherlands that have given this tournament such added interest and that have allowed all of us, young and old alike, to see and appreciate great talents normally hidden from view and that should be a principal aim every four years. Who on earth do these people think that they are truly represnting ? More words fail me.

  • bull01 on April 4, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    This was almost inevitable from the ICC - Idiots Cricket Council ... Some of the best moments in the World Cup were thanks to the Associate teams! Instead of having up to 10 days break between games (as some teams had) - change that around and leave it be with regards to the numbers of teams ... alternatively, let there be a pre-world cup tournament and the best Associate teams play ... not just a foregone conclusion from now... the BEST Associate teams should be playing!!!

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    by this decison icc prove that they only have interest in making money by top 10 tems.they don't won't to grow cricket. they want to grow icc's bank balance.....shame on icc

  • dman153 on April 4, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    spineless decision by the icc........

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    finally all these stupid teams are gone!! for these dum irish people if you are good enough then play for england as some others have done...great decesion as we dont need losers in the world cup..all other teams shouls stop playing cricket..good riddance!!

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    this is the worst dacisean by icc

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    ICC are you guys brain dead? "You guys don't need to dredge the pool at least don't build a fence around it" let the fighting IRISH play the world cup they got a point to prove if you are not convinced ask the ENGLAND team they'll tell you why....GO IRISH...

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Cricket is now not so popular in the world because of ICC's insane approach like this. If the really wants to globalization of this sport, they should allow the participation of the teams like Ireland and Netherlands in the World Cup(50 Overs). T20 is not important to give any associate nation an effective exposer. If possible give Ireland Test Status. I won't be that bad.

  • on April 4, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    I have been involved in cricket in Canada for over 30 years. This is indeed a black day for cricket in the Associate countries. What is there to strive for, in a cricketing sense, for the best cricket players and their supporters in the non Test playing countries? This is a very short sighted and badly thought out step by the ICC. Any business or organisation that does not expand its customer base or potential ulimately shrinks and detereorates. The ICC Full Members have shown their true colours with this decison. Much of the progress that has been made in the top Associate countries will be harmed. Government, sponsors, administrators and players will all be discouraged. Machiavelli could not have planned this better if he wanted to harm cricket outside of the Full Member countries.The ICC should at least ensure the funds the top Associate countries receive are not decreased. If these funds are reduced, even greater harm will be suffered by these countries.

  • Rahulbose on April 4, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    I have to post this since most people seem to have this backwards. Everyone is pointing to Ire winning against Eng as a reason that associates must play. What you don't realize is that that is exactly why they are not playing. ICC wants the big teams to get an easy ride with no chance of upsets cause that will hurt the event sponsors. The 2011 format was also rigged to protect teams. What a farce.

  • CaptainTrent on April 4, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    I just hope something can be done about this, Ireland isn't asking for free entry into the World Cup, just a chance to get in...

  • Nano01 on April 4, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    the powers that be have done grave injustice to the associates and the neutral spectators by their decision. where is the joy of watching an upset??

  • Params7 on April 4, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Ireland is ranked above Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe gets an auto entry in 2015.

    Ireland is completely blocked out.

    I....I don't..I don't even

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on April 4, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Ridiculous and disgraceful decision. I'm English and enjoyed watching Ireland and the Netherlands compete this year - and also some of the play by Canada and Kenya. If the World Cup is to be a "world" cup then it must include 12 teams. By barring the Associate nations for the next years, it means we will never see the likes of ten Doeschate or O'Brien playing at the top level again - except in the bun fight that is T20. These players might as well give up first class and international one day cricket and concentrate instead on the riches of the IPL and freelance T20... and then what incentive is there for young people in those countries to take up the sport? Stupid narrow-minded officials of the ICC will kill cricket as a world brand and we'll soon be categorized like the American "World Series" of baseball...

  • tanusan on April 4, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    I don't understand the logic of considering 10 test playing nations for the world cup, which is a limited-overs tournament. If one-day performance is considered, Ireland should come ahead of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh probably. 10 team-idea is a good one, but need to rethink who would make the 10.

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    As a loyal Englishman I've no hesitation to say that Ireland have been given the shaft here. It's a complete travesty after their superb effort in 2011 and they don't deserve to be slapped in the face this way. Where would Sri Lanka be today if the second-tier nations never got the chance to play with the big boys? In 1975 they were far below the Test-playing nations.

    Ireland's best chance now is to start playing Tests regularly. West Indies are there for the taking!

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    I love cricket. I love test cricket. I respect Ireland for aspiring to that form of the game. 20-over cricket in no way prepares an individual for the highest form of the game. 50-over cricket is much closer to that. There need to be eleven or twelve teams in the World Cup. Better yet, just give Ireland Test status now!

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    i read in cricinfo once about why this world cup was played in 2 groups in the initial stage.. the ICC told that it was because last time when india and pakistan went outta the tournament in the first stage, they didn't earn as much as they expected... that statement alone shows that the ICC is just interested in the money and not the excellent cricket played by teams like Ireland... how do you expect them to develop and learn if you deny them the chance of taking part in the world cup? it's a shame to see talents of players like O'Brien, Porterfield, Dockrell, ten Doeschate going to waste!

  • adam_clone on April 4, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Give the ICC a break!We at the journo box got a sneak preview of the yet 2 b released official statement on the reasons for this decision.Below are some of the fair and sincere points I was able to find: 1.ICC is a business organization as much as we are a governing body.No entity- fan or commercial deserves the right to question the decision based on our agenda of 'globalization of sport' for the very reason that we are a business organization.'Globalization of the sport' is only a front;we dont care! 2.ICC works in the best interest of its member boards ie in context only applies to BCCI, ACB and ECB.The associate members are only accessories to our business to be called upon,when required.We dont care! 3.ICC has a iron cast process of selection of top personnel,an excellent illustration of which is the selection of Mr.Haroon Lorgat himself;who scored a perfect 3(Common Sense-0,Intelligence-0,Finance-100%).This illustrates our perfect leadership capability.Does it look like we care?

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    There was nothing wrong with the super eights and the super sixes. WC is about ODI not test matches. If a team does not perform on the day and gets knocked out then so be it. That's what makes it all the more exciting.

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    There was nothing wrong with the super eights and the super sixes. WC is about ODI not test matches. If a team does not perform on the day and gets knocked out then so be it. That's what makes it all the more exciting.

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    WOW... A great move by ICC... This will mean that the WORLD CUP will have just 10 nations... If thats the case, why is it called WORLD CUP???

  • Natesan333 on April 4, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Hey ICC, do us all a favour and change the the name from world cup to whomever we say cup. Absolutely disgraceful. I am an Indian fan, thanks for bringing me down.

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    this is not justice... associates has right to play...ICC sucks!

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    A very unwise decision by ICC. I would have rather liked to see the bottom 4 test-playing nations competing for qualification with 4 associates that are ranked 10-13 through the "world cricket league" event. Hosting it in one of the associate nations will further drag increased interest considering the test-playing nations involved. Equality must be maintained and it is this involvement of less-known associate teams that will increase interest of the audiences from nations like India and England as well. It will give the world cup a surprise factor when a couple of associates qualify for the world cup, and I think the match where the two teams involved are New Zealand (the home team) vs Ireland, Netherlands, or Afghanistan (that maybe beat Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, or WI to qualify) will drag more audiences and sponsors (what seems to be the only concern of ICC) than a NZ vs Zim match. Today's decision simply eliminates the penetration and increases predictability of the group stage.

  • 64W..HotShot on April 4, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    I at least sacrificed some time off my busy schedule to follow this world cup, now that its going to be just a some trophy game between 10 teams, i'll have none of it. Waste of time. Prefer soccer anyway

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    The sweet taste of Indian victory has been soured by this decision. The Irish were one of the major reasons for the success of this WC. Either the ICC should realize this or people who realize it should be running cricket.

  • roflrofl60 on April 4, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    this is insane, how are people suppose to become aware and support more countries if the ICC is cutting down the world cup. ITS A WORLD CUP! wow this is the dumbest decision ever.

  • CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon on April 4, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Cricket will die soon if it remains in the hands of the ICC. We are already seeing it dieing in the West Indies, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and so on. It will one day become a private competition for a few. Like the NBA, NFL in USA. IPL is an example. The old giants are afraid of loosing to the new titans. Cowards' council is it?

  • puccamumbaikar on April 4, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    A huge loss for ICC. Ireland, you deserve better than this. Shame on ICC! Senior players from the test playing nations (read: Sachin, Murali, Ponting, Afridi, Gayle, Vettori, Kallis) should support the call for Ireland to be included. Depending on the Media gags placed on the players by BCCI, its hard to see if they will do anything. This news is quite depressing!

  • Knightriders_suck on April 4, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    If this is the way to govern, kill 50 over cricket and just have the T20 WCs. If you take world out of world cup, what is it's use.

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    The ICC are an absolute disgrace of an organisation.

  • Vilander on April 4, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    i am not sure if it is the 10 test sides or top ten odi sides.

  • abhi_cricinfo on April 4, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    What difference does two teams make. I mean you can have 3 games per day , if you want reduce days of WC . Fool ICC .

  • fataquie on April 4, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    ICC should do all of cricket lovers a favor, just cut the cup to four most financially influential teams. Associate members need to be in the World Cup just as much as the heart needs to be in a body to keep it alive!

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Ireland team is far far better than Zimbabve, Kenya & Bangaaldesh.

  • cricketer_ind on April 4, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    @blondblackberry: You must be kidding. Pakistan is one of the strongest team in the world cricket, not to forget they reached semifinal of this world cup. Kenya is not a test playing nation. Get your facts straight before you decide to comment.

  • on April 4, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Very bad decision by ICC. They should do some thing about it.. This shortens Crickets growth...

  • pardo on April 4, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    This is shocking - Ireland were more competitive than Zimbabwe at this World Cup. There is no reason not to have 12 teams provided the group stage has more than 1 game per day. If you must limit the competition to 10 then let the top 8/6 qualify automatically and then have a qualifying tournament about 4 months before the WC to chose the 2/4 who go through. Then Ireland at least have a chance to knock out Zim or B'desh or whoever and get in.

    This is simply saying to any halfway decent Irish player - you have no chance of playing a WC for 8 years - go and qualify for England or NZ and get to play top flight cricket. Shocking decision and an appalling way to reward a team who added so much to this WC.

    To develop the game why not go like the football WC - have 20 teams in 4 groups - accept a few one-sided games but schedule the duff ones at the same time as good ones - 2 or 3 per day? Let the top 2 from each group knockout for the WC and 3 and 4 from each group knock out for a Plate.

  • Knightriders_suck on April 4, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Say bye bye to Dockrell and O'Briens... This is Totally rotten and has been done to secure the votes of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the ICC meetings.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Terrible terrible TERRIBLE TERRIBLE decision... Ireland thoroughly deserve to compete against the best teams in the world because they showed how they can punch miles above their weight. ICC. you've set Irish cricket back by atleast 8+4 = 12 years. What a bloody shame.

  • MZahid on April 4, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Power is in the hand of corrupt people. There's little to no doubt that the money is the driving force behind this decision. Cricket, in any format, will always entertain me but I've always been of the opinion that T20 is going to kill the true spirit and character of this beautiful and unique sport; especially IPL which is simply a dirty business. Even though sometimes less established teams don't rise to the standard of some other teams and hence provide less entertainment but I still think it is a TERRIBLE decision.

  • Patz10 on April 4, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    hey..Graeme "Smith" or as he wants it to be changed to "du preez" better make a gr8 decition on captioning IRLAND coz by da time 2019 com da 38 year old "du preez" will have very little to please or proove to SOUTH AFRICA...

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Well 10 team is not a bad idea, what probably is needed is a qualifier for world cup. Maybe a tournament qualifier will lets say top 20-25 members play and based on this the top 10 plays for world cup.

    Maybe the tournaments played between now and the world cup are used as qualifiers. Some other way to qualify the top 10 performers but surely allow all members to qualify if they are good.

  • GreyPanda on April 4, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    This is utter nonsense, what the ICC is doing is showing exactly how scared they are of a team like Ireland succeeding, why else would they ban the most promising team from playing in the next world cup. I say make all the teams qualify, make every team earn their spot in the race to the ''most prestigious cup'. I'm an Indian cricket fan, but I will never consider the cricket world cup as truly global as long as only 10 countries play for it. We might as well have two teams play it and call it the world cup finals. I'm going to support Ireland all the way, if they are not playing then I'm never going to watch a world cup match ever!! Shame on you ICC. GROW UP.

  • swikar22 on April 4, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Though I am Indian and proud that Dhoni's men won this world cup but I am not going to watch the World Cup in future as it has now become an expanded Champions Trophy.Are West Indies,Bangladesh and Zimbabwe so afraid to play qualification with the Associates?By the way Ireland is ranked above Zimbabwe in ODIs.This is gross injustice.

  • shadeen on April 4, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    ICC have disgraced cricket.....i am a bangladeshi and i am gutted with the fact that i aint gonna see exciting players like the o-briens, porterfield & co. clash it out against the best in "proper" cricket. Its a decision completely based on financial calculations. The ungrateful ICC have forgotten that it was Irelands match against England that brought life to the cup. I also think that us test nations failed to take actions in the best interest of the game.....truly a black day for cricket and about ICC.....well Gary wilson said it all.

  • logan345 on April 4, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    A big blunder by ICC, i understand 14 is too many but atleast 12 teams should be allowed to compete. With the top 2 associate teams getting a chance to showcase their talent. Ireland and Netherlands deserve a place in 2015. Dont the fans have any say in this??

  • Gilys_Heroes on April 4, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Tournament should be 12 teams with 2 best associate nations who, for them, this is their real chance to excel at the big stage. they are what makes the world cup special in its beginnings. Gary Wilson is right, now its just a trophy with 10 teams and i could care less. As an Australian, ICC just loss my interest in buying tickets :(

  • kingishere on April 4, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Mate...ICC thinks it would be easier this way to run the game more like WWE (thrillingly scripted from behind). This is not going to help. Cricket has changed from a gentlemen's game to only Rich men's game (read commercially viable countries only). With such ##@@## cricket administrators cricket can never come half way close to popularity when compared to Soccer. Bad luck Ireland, dont waste your talent on this game.....its no longer a sport...... try other sports.

  • shrastogi on April 4, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Very hard decision on associates esp Ireland. Irish have a right to protest. Does ICC compenstae by having more tough compettion for associates by compulsarily having full members playing 10-15% of their ODIs there every year.

  • Harsha_Sivali on April 4, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Cricket is the most balanced game between body and mind strength. But in how many countries cricket is popular? Not many. Because of the decisions like this. ICC should have given test status or more chances to play matches with better teams to the Kenya at 2003.They deserved it at that time. I think now Ireland is in the same position. Matter is not the number of the teams. Matter is quality of the teams. ICC should help to develop cricket in non test playing nations. Otherwise in future cricket will remain only among these 10 countries.

  • Harsha_Sivali on April 4, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Cricket is the most balanced game between body and mind strength. But in how many countries cricket is popular? Not many. Because of the decisions like this. ICC should have given test status or more chances to play matches with better teams to the Kenya at 2003.They deserved it at that time. I think now Ireland is in the same position. Matter is not the number of the teams. Matter is quality of the teams. ICC should help to develop cricket in non test playing nations. Otherwise in future cricket will remain only among these 10 countries.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    no qualification process = no world cup. half the current ICC associate member players will be too old by 2019 and why would new players even bother ....

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    BCCI should do here something, if they really want to be the power house...lets give minnows a chance...at least Ireland and Netherlands...come on India support them, they need ur help

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    There should have been 12.

  • Sri999 on April 4, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Sharad Pawar - the puppet ICC chairman. Shame on you. Shame on India and England.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    I think it is important that ICC plan for more events for the Associates to compete with the major teams. Having them play major teams only every 4 years is ridiculous and dilutes the world cup brand. This decision is definitely heart-breaking for associates but I hope the ICC follows it up with some genuine plans to improve the quality of matches between associates and full teams, like say regular matches of "A" teams of good teams with associates. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are clearly lacking behind the rest and thats where it hurts the associates the most. I would say that they should compete with the top associates for the final 2 places. India with its financial might should try and take the lead position towards this step.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    I think instead of putting the Zimbabwe .... At least reconsider ireland to be the playing in Next world cup... The ICC Cricket board will be the the main culprit for this decisions.. if they are not allowing ireland to Play...

  • wicked.wizard on April 4, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Surely the irish performed as well as bangladesh and zimbabwe if not better. Its a remarkable achievement considering that the bangladeshi's were playing on home turf. I agree that the worldcup needs to be short and compact but bangladesh and zimbabwe need to earn their place in the 2015 worlcup. Can we please have a qualification tournament involving 2-4 associate teams, bangladesh and zimbabwe? Its unfair that 2 teams will be playing the worldcup when a more deserving team may be left out!! Sad day and outrageous.

  • Riju_Cherukattu on April 4, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    NOT FAIR.

    The decision is like pushing the other Countries into Apartheid era. It is as if saying that u cannot play cricket with the BIG countries for the next 8years AT LEAST.

    It can be termed as a RACIST decision.

    Even if they wanted to limit the number of teams to 10, they should have made the first 8 team fixed and keep open the 9th and 10th position to be decided in a pre-qualification round. Let the two teams at the bottom compete with others to make it to the group of 10.

    Presently, it is discouraging. Hope the ICC has the goodwill to change it.

    Riju

  • tbo5 on April 4, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Only the ten test playing nations may take part. Unfortunately, Ireland is not a test playing nation. Sad sad day. Pathetic decision.

  • blondblackberry on April 4, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    windies,pakistan,kenya,canada,zimbawae don't deserve a place but irish surely do.they hav every right to play in 2015 world cup.if there are 10 teams windies,pak,kenya should bow out.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Ireland played very good cricket, their bowling and batting was upto mark, just the experience was missing in some players which is understandable, i really applaud them. Instead of 10 there should be 12 teams for the next world cup, i am definitely looking forward to see them in the next world cup.

  • gilly_danda on April 4, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    no good for the game, please allow 2 teams and make 12 .when it comes to the draw of cup,divide the tems into two groups and best 2 teams from each group will make the semifinals. then each match will be intresting,please dont kill the game,please...please...........

  • KingOwl on April 4, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I must say that the match I enjoyed most during this world cup was that between Ireland and England. What a terrible decision by the ICC. At least allow the top two Associates to compete. Otherwise, it is no WC!

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    This is a terrible decision... if anything, the no of teams should be increased.... how else can we promote 50-over format?

  • jai-bharat on April 4, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Had it been 12, it would still have been OK, 10 is just outrageous!! The Associates bring the unpredictability factor and those one or two upsets, that everyone loves. Shutting the door on them is unacceptable and leaves no motivation for the teams. I wont be surprised if Cricket just dies in Ireland, netherland, etc, by 2019. Poor decision by ICC and another sign of Cricket becoming a commercial product than a sport.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    How can they quality? Thr r 10 test playing nations and so that's it.. so terrible decision.. they can have 2 associate teams atleast, if not 4.. so that atleast you make the cup more competitive..

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    This is an absolute rubbish decision by the ICC.. World Cup means competition... There needs to be teams..

  • AnthonyLeRoy on April 4, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Warren is very restrained. Wait till you see what the Irish cricketers said about it! http://www.setanta.com/ie/Articles/2011/04/04/Irish-fury-at-ICC-decision/gnid-91839/

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Though i m a Bangladeshi i still believe Ireland has lots to offer if they are properly nurtured,but unfortunately ICC has some other thoughts.Cricket is obviously going through a tough phase in making it more popular to the world.And in return ICC simply takes an action against it.All i can say.SHAME SHAME ICC !!!

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Haroon Logart is a controversial figure. He should resign

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    ICC what are you doing?? 2 games a day would have shortened the length of the WC! What do the associate teams have to aim for if you leave them out in the cold for 8 years! Money is not everything!

  • BlorScouser on April 4, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    A sad day for cricket. A pity that after the organization of a successful tournament, the ICC have come up with such a horrendous plan for the next world cup. This ruins all the time, money and effort that has been put in earlier to spread the game. Really hard on the likes of Ireland who played better than a couple of full members. This decision is against all the logic of competitive sport, which starts on the basis that everyone gets a chance to compete to prove themselves.

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    The team with the highest successful run chase in WC will not be allowed to take part in the next WC?!!!. The ICC is failing Cricket and its fans. Change is needed.

  • Charindra on April 4, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Absolutely shameful!! Swim in the pool of cash ICC, and enjoy whatever bones India throws your way. You've killed off the development and expansion of cricket. Good job!

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    They cannot , the 10 teams are the full members (Ireland is an associate member )

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    The team with the highest successful run chase in WC will not be allowed to take part in the next WC?!!!. The ICC is failing Cricket and its fans. Change is needed.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    bad bad bad decision i really feel for the irish and other associates too this ain't the way sports should treat countries tht r doin well esp cricket i mean this being the wc if u don't play developing teams then when will u give the chnce for them to test and hone their skills against tougher opponents ?? atleast give them tours then do something so tht they can improve just don't restrict cricket only to 10 nations tht's horrible, many countries r improving in the cricket field if u keep doin this icc well trust me u'd be the worst governing council in sports

  • CRam on April 4, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    And hello ICC! That means they have assumed that there will be no full member added in the next four years! And is the game supposed to be progressing in the world?????

  • gooey_kablooie on April 4, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Really bad decision this !! Heartbreak for the Irish. They won a million hearts with their spirited performance. And worse Zimbabwe are going to play but the Irish aren't who are miles ahead of the Zimbabweans. The ICC should seriously think about this else its going to kill cricket in Ireland. They should have a qualification for the last two (yes two) spots and ask Bangladesh to play the qualifiers as well. Ireland as well as Netherlands have done more than enough to justify a spot in cricket's biggest spectacle. The ICC should ask one question : Do the Irish deserve to be left out ??

  • z1rzo on April 4, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    @cric_follower: you do know that 10 "test" teams qualify, not the 10 best odi teams. Test qualification is a rather opaque process held behind closed doors of the icc and has very little to do with actual performance in games - look at zimbabwe bangladesh and west indies. These 3 teams are just above the level of the associate teams and have test status.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    then what's the difference between champions' trophy and a world cup?

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Only 9 test playing nations are currently available....This means 1 out of Ireland, Netherlands, Canada or Kenya can still make it...Hope Ireland or Netherelands really make it to d next WC...and if possible relegate BANGLADESH to this group...so tat we can have 2 places up for grabs...ALL IS STILL NOT OVER IRISH....:)

  • mogan707 on April 4, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    One would have hoped that the decision to trim the teams playing in WC from 14 to 10 would be reversed.Instead it has stuck to it;If there are 105 countries playing for places in the cup,then all must play qualifiers.The qualification process may be done on the continental basis or regionwise basis similar to FIFA.Instead they preferred for only commercial elements in the WC.And after 50 over 2015 WC,I guess the ODIs may be scrapped for few attendance and only twenty-20 and Test cricket remains.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    They can't qualify the teams are SA, Ind, Aus, NZ, WI, Eng, Pak, Sri, Bag, & Zam thats ten (10)

  • JustAGame on April 4, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Totally ridiculous decision.

  • AjaySridharan on April 4, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    I completely empathize with Ireland. This is a ridiculous decision that is not in the best interest of expanding the sport. What's so sacrosanct about 10 versus 11 or 12? If any, they should reconsider the test status of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Kenya. All three of them performed ridiculously in this tournament, and Ireland was the only breath of fresh air. Ireland has consistently performed well over the years. ICC is a greedy organization...there's no other way to justify their treatment of Bangladesh cricket, given the millions of eyeballs they attract.

  • swiftsmile on April 4, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    cric_follower. 2015 will be played by 10 TEST playing nations. India, Pak, BAN, SL, AUS, NZ, WI, SA, ZIM, ENG. For 2019 world cup, the 10 nations will be based upon qualification. So teams like Ireland have to wait for 8 years.

  • the_evil_weevil on April 4, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    What a travesty! Ireland and the other Associates need more top level cricket to improve further- so ICC deals with this by taking away their one big moment to prove themselves. Great work. A 10 team tournament could do both- IF some full member teams, say those ranked #5 or 6 down to 10 in ODIs, had to qualify against Associates. Then they get a chance to prove themselves but at the same time you'd expect that most big sides will get through so the tournament proper will be of a consistently better standard. Just closing out the rest of the world for benefit of Test nations says to the Irelands and Afghanistans that "sorry, but you don't make revenue for us, we don't give a damn about you". So very sad.

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    absolutely outrageous...Ireland is far better than teams like kenya zimbabwe and bangladesh

  • Hero557 on April 4, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    This is a bad decision, even after some incredible performances by these associate teams. How is it a world cup with only 10 teams? Cricket has been spreading a lot lately, so tempting them and then saying no to all those nations that have tried to be in the world cup is a bit unfair. T20 is not real cricket. At-least they could have 2 matches a day with the so called minnows involved so it wont be as boring. Hopefully they get more support for this soon.

  • ausaff on April 4, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    @cric_folower 10th tem is zim . they r getting their test status back.... sad for ireland.. and they already proved their worth

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    absolute rubbish..apart from the top 8 teams..rest should qualify..why cant bangladesh be relegated along with other similar teams???

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    ICC please make some sense.. atleast throw out zimbabwe and include ireland.. if not have a qualifying match between Ireland and Zimbabwe. surely everyone saw that Ireland was far more better than zimbabwe

  • on April 4, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Bad..bad...bad. Irish have proved everything to compete at the highest level and not only irish, most of the minnows gave Strong teams a run for their money during the WC and the WC is their stage to show their mettle. I strongly disagree with this decision. It is like taking right of living from a person. I am sorry ICC and all those boards (including my own Indian Cricket board, if they have supported this decision), but this is the worst decision you have taken for betterment of cricket. I recall someone said a little while back: Taking associates out of WC is like taking World out of WC....

  • Hero557 on April 4, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    This is a bad decision, even after some incredible performances by these associate teams. How is it a world cup with only 10 teams? Cricket has been spreading a lot lately, so tempting them and then saying no to all those nations that have tried to be in the world cup is a bit unfair. T20 is not real cricket. At-least they could have 2 matches a day with the so called minnows involved so it wont be as boring. Hopefully they get more support for this soon.

  • lateswing_witholdball on April 4, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    very disappointing... having had a fair chance, i think they can challenge zimbabwe/West Indies/Bangladesh ... they deserve a chance...

    and if the logic is to get the top contenders involved then... do we see england/new zealand/zimbabwe/West Indies/Bangladesh as contenders...

    only Aus / Pak / Ind / SL / SAf (invited to give us another chokelicious performance) should be invited... !!!!

  • Lancaster on April 4, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    I have to agree with the sentiments expressed by the Irish cricket leadership. If we can allow Zimbabwe to play top flight cricket amongst the political narcissism and nationalism, why not Ireland who at least appear to have moved past most of that? If we promote the cause of Zimbabwe because they are the next best black African nation, is that not racist (or at least Continentalist) as opposed to working on a merit system?

    As a suggestion: make it 6 secured places for the top 6 ranked countries and let the rest go through a qualifying tournament. Ireland (and Netherlands) deserve at least that...and quite frankly so do Kenya and Zimbabwe.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    absolute disgrace .... typical ICC members "we're all right jack, sod the rest of you" ...

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    ICC has gone to dogs!! Ireland should be given a full ODI member status if not Tests and be included. They have earned this right. It is believed that ICC is influenced by BCCI money and power but let them make money in IPL or other regional tournaments and let the World Cup be the World Cup. I support Irish cricket 100%. Full members should boycott next cup if Ireland is not there!

  • sanath007 on April 4, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Irealnd is better than bangladesh i guess...they really deserve a chance....at least a chance to qualify...there should be a qualification tournament for teams like bangladesh,west indies,new zealand and team like Ireland and netherelands

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    That just sucks.. Maybe the england team insisted on blacklisting them they don`t wanna get embarrassed again!

  • Sportsscientist on April 4, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    I feel Ireland have a lot to offer and prove. They're not looking for special treatment, just the same chance as everyone else. Again it's the closed shop of the test nations against the majority. If you cut these countries off, what will you have??? Do the ICC think that by fast tracking china and the USA they can maximise a few countries with large populations and solve their problems of finance??? I accpet that the test nations play the game at the highest level. and many associates do not play competitive 1st class cricket, which in turn makes their respective national teams weak, but what are the ICC doing to bridge the gap??? absolutley nothing. why don't they help kenya, netherlands, and irelands set up 1st class structures??? all they are concerned with is money, while still allowing england to steal ireland's best players!!! poor decision, narrow sighted!!!! you dont have to dilute the world cup just give the good associates a chance!!!!!

  • PeterCook on April 4, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Expect to see England poaching George Dockrell at some point in the next few months.... This is a shocking decision - the ICC should be rewarding the Irish, not cutting them off - I'm not advocating allowing them test status - that should come much later, but by denying the best associate team by miles the chance to shine AGAIN on the world stage, they're totally contradicting their stated desire to expand cricket around the world.

  • ashwin1990 on April 4, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS.....!!!!HORRIBLE.....and for the record im Indian

  • scubasteve5 on April 4, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    This is a travesty. cricket is really going backwards in this world.

  • KaunD on April 4, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    @cric_follower : Zimbabwe is getting back it's test status dude. So there are already 10 full members for ICC . No qualification . No proving either even if they can. I feel very sorry for Associates . Really a black day for them.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    There is no qualification for the associate nations as Zimbabwe and Kenya are part of the 1st tier teams.

    The ICC has proved once again that they are not fair and are only looking to commercialize the sport. It is definitely a sad day for sportsmanship. The Ireland team has so much heart and give it their all while teams like BANGLADESH, KENYA and ZIMBABWAE just stay without proving anything.

    Accept it Bangladesh are just a mediocre side with a good marketing team which oversells them. I would say keep only the top 6 sides fixed and let the associate nations along with the bottom 4 battle it for the remaining 4 spots.

  • TahaXI on April 4, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    I think the best decision would be to have 10 full members and 2 non-test playing members in the world cup. These 2 Associate teams would have to qualify by playing the World cup Qualifiers and whoever shows up in the Final should get a World Cup Ticket.

    I feel for Irish circket. Waste of Talent! No wonder why all the best Irish players look upon the English route to represent International cricket.

    C'mon ICC. It is not that difficult!

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    This isnt fair does this mean new countries cant qualify or play the worldcup and the same old 10 team will play. Quite a few teams like Ireland and even Netherlands did better than expected and infact sometimes better than even Windies, Kenya and Bangaladesh. So why?

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Until cricket moves past the perpetual archaic elitism, it will not survive for much longer and wil never become a truly global game.

  • Strebori on April 4, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    What a terrible decision. Cricket hits the front page in Ireland, their players become household names, and there's a genuine opportunity for the top-class game to grow - and the ICC cut the oxygen supply.

    The argument seems to be that the World Cup is too long, and that the Associates aren't strong enough. Well, World Cups in other sports don't require every top-class side to play each other. There are small groups, then knockout stages. Why can't cricket replicate that? Given the international circuit, there's no need for each test side to play each other. Instead, the World Cup should be the opportunity, the goal - as it was for Afghanistan even though they didn't ultimately make it, as it is in football or rugby.

    As for the strength of the Associate members, this simply weakens them. Don't be surprised at the ongoing talent drain from Ireland to England: by 2015, the likes of Dockrell could be playing alongside Morgan in an England side. Good news for us English, I guess...

  • Jonah58 on April 4, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    @cric_follower, I suggest you follow cricket and read the ICC announcement! There is no Qualification process.

    Still at least we know that the 2015 CWC will have at least 9 of the 10 best ODI teams in world cricket participating.

    Shamless greed and incompetence from the ICC yet again.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    absolutely outrageous bizarre decision... is this the way icc going to globalize cricket??

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    It's really a shame that ICC has decided against 12 teams for the tournament... Ireland was fabulous in this world cup and they do deserve a place in the next world cup. Though, I can't say the same about other teams but 12 team tournament would definitely been a better option...

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Ireland are better than Zimbabwe in rankings so shouldn't they be a part of world cup instead...????

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    A really bad decision. I think after this decision, ICC has lost from the track of globalizing the game. They should change this in no time...

  • dreamvins on April 4, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Full membership does not qualify you for playing with quality. Ireland has demonstrated some outstanding sportsmanship on the field compared to the other known and supposedly Test qualified teams. They should be given a chance.

  • ssanjan on April 4, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Absolute nonsense...ICC has no sense..

  • brainbox on April 4, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Terrible decision by the idiots, the ICC. All for the money.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    This decision is just to protect test playing nations from the fear of loosing to new teams like Ireland. Very bad for cricket.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on April 4, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Lorgat is an absolute disastor. How many more years left for Lorgat in ICC. Is there a way he can be sacked?

  • mdg60 on April 4, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Disgraceful! Just when you thought the format was gonna take a massive step forward after a brilliant World Cup. Shocking & indeed a black day!!

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Why not replace Ireland with Zimbabwe?

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    If teams like Ireland doesn't qualify then how can cricket can be expand ? why associate countries will play cricket? I am very disappointed on ICC.

  • abhay8157 on April 4, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Get Ireland in... Get Bangladesh out.

  • Marto_TheLegend on April 4, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Does Mr. Lograt know basic mathematics? Having 10 teams in no way makes the WC shorter as there will be 10 C 2 = 45 matches in the group stage, 48 in all. This WC had 49 matches. Seriously, ICC, if you want to behave like stupid bullies, atleast don't sound stupid.

    Ideal format is 16 teams, 4*4 groups, and top 8 make the QF, 31 matches and the whole WC lasts a month, and interest is sustained throughout the tournament. It is not the birthright of full member nations to clear the group stage. If you get knocked out, maybe you just don't deserve to win the WC. Cricinfo, ICC, fans around the world, anyone listening?

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Plain stupid decision from ICC. Instead of allowing a bunch of minnows, they should consider the top 2 from associates to be among the 10 Test nations.

  • anilkp on April 4, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    I am sorry, but aren't there big heads at ICC? Isn't it the SOLE aim of any global body to look global? How can, then, the big heads collectively ignore the sole aim that their organization lives for: to make cricket a global sport? At the least (in case they want to be hell-bent on confining the WC to 10 teams only) they can make the last two spots grabable: where teams ranked at 9 and 10 would have to compete with the associates. They are afraid that the massive viewership (and hence money) from Bangladesh would be lost! That word--money-- alone rules in the world, friends, and let us shut up and burry our passions for the game.

  • shafrazz on April 4, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Look at the ODI ranking... Irish are head of Zimbabwe. It seems to me ICC planing to have a test World cup in 2015. what a bunch of no brainers!!!

  • sandymen on April 4, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    What a load of rubbish............They banish a truly deserving team like Irealand and also have the nerve to take all the credit for their development. If they are not to be included then why develop cricket in the associate countries in the first place. This decision has taken away the sheen from a fantastic World Cup. Shame on you Logart and ICC and the full member nations. Protectionism and monopolism has never been a success and never will be. Not sure what you are trying to achieve. If more countries do not take up the game it will end up like Baseball or the NBA. YOu might as well rename the IPL as the World Championship as there will not be anyone other than India playing cricket. ICC has proved to be a sham once again. The game stoops to a new low.

  • anuAddict on April 4, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    I am compelled to post. I am an Indian fan and outraged along with Irish, Dutch and other associate fans. Who are these bunch of jokers to decide who should play and who shouldn't? People posting about 10 places with 2 places to qualify, hear this- the 10 places are fixed! No qualification!! Along with 8 regular nations the other 2 places go to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. I for one am inclined to suggest a public protest and no one heeds, boycott the ICC altogether. My victory celebrations do not feel complete already in knowledge that 8 countries genuinely play this sport, out of which no more than 4-5 have mass following of the game. We need a cricket body that expands the competition not kill it!

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    An unbelievably myopic, disgraceful decision, even by the standards of the ICC. All the talk of a qualification event for 2015, and then the last second mention today of a 12 team tournament being considered, was a smokescreen to keep the associates quiet.

    Really gutted for Ireland and the other associates, and in particular Afghanistan, who would surely have qualified for a 12 or 14 team event in 2015. This decision has set Cricket as a 'Global Sport' back by 10 years. Hang your heads in shame Lorgat, and all of the Full Member Chief Executives.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I think Irish have are made to pay for beating England. Sorry for Netherlands and Ireland. There should have been at least 12 teams. Irish can do an upset any time.

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    LMAO...58, 78 and 112 are some of the scores by these high performance teams in this WC.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    this is despicable. After going worldwide with trying to promote cricket this makes no sense!!!! Donno who's decision this is but I will not be surprised if this is reverted back!!

  • vinz4u on April 4, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    This is ridiculous... its all about money.. Its nothing but the evil hands of the big 3 India, Australia, England ... shame on u ICC, Ireland will be the next KENYA in a few years. I loved watching the Irish play ( I am sure many cricket lovers do the same). They could have easily reduced it to 12 teams . Pity we wont be able to see anymore of the O'Briens, Dockrells & Doeschte

  • howizzat on April 4, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    I have my sympathies for the Irishmen. Down under they can be a better team to compete than the also runs like, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Why a qualification in 2019? Its a long wait. Either introduce a qualification tournament involving bottom 4 of the test playing nations and an equal number of associates to find the 4 competetors somewhere in 2014 or introduce more Odi series between these 8 teams in the FTP 2012 so as to find which 10 teams top the ODI league. 10 nation World cup is a very good idea and the 10 best should play in that.

  • Rahulbose on April 4, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    What a sad thing to do. I for one will be boycotting the next world cup. Greed and corruption has taken all the fun out of cricket.

  • akbhatt on April 4, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    The ICC seems to be hell bent on getting egg on its face in everything it does..first the allegation of Team India being presented a fake ICC World Cup Trophy and next this..wonder what next!!! ICC thy name controversy!!!

  • WhatMustTheICCThink on April 4, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    One of the most despicable decisions ever in sport, let alone cricket, borne purely out of greed by the BCCI, the ECB and Cricket Australia. It flies in the face of overwhelming public opinion, common sense and fairness. After such a successful World Cup, the decision is made even more galling. Damn the ICC. They have lost all respect. I hope fans boycott the next World Cup.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    apart from the 8 test playing nations, there still is slots left.so let then be the best among the minnows to qualify fot the tournament!

  • ashwintheking on April 4, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    My Heart goes out to Ireland.. This is only going to make more Irish players to move to England like Eoin Morgan did.. Such moves will deteriorate Irish cricket.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    @ cricfollower.

    Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are assured a place along with the main 8. (Australia, England, New Zealand, Sri LAnka, South Africa, Pakistan, India and West Indies)

    The 10 teams are already set in stone - there is no way to qualify from outside these 10.

    A total and utter shambles and a betrayal of the hard work done and promises given to Ireland and HOlland in particular.

    Shame on the ICC - a disasterous decision.

  • Umair_umair on April 4, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    "What does Irish cricket got to do?? ". Donate your talented players to England and send the rest to their work. Sham decsion by ICC.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Its strange that ICC instead of expanding the number of countries that play cricket is reducing the number at the top level. In my humble opinion it would be better to have more teams but split them into 4 groups. This should reduce the tournament length (days). This will give more associate members chance to qualify and expand viewership / reach.

    Bizzare decison!!!!

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    I Agree. This is stupid and negative as well. Rather than altering one tournament they should look at the process through which teams qualify for this tournament. They should rather make the qualifying necessary for all the teams including test playing nations as well, as it is for associate nations. What it'll do is... it'll increase the number of games between the associates and the test playing teams. This will in turn will make associates competitive and only the most competent teams will go in the World Cup. Let there be 14 teams, in fact with this they can even increase it to 16 or more.

  • crazyworldthis on April 4, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Outrageous. I say this bcz i cant seem to find a stronger word. The WC is a dream for aspiring youngsters. Now, when they know it isnt a possibility, those taking up cricket would lose the motivation to do well or heck, to even play the game. The ICC can still be made to change the rules, to include ateast a qualification round, or if they are worried about Full members losing out, then have 12 teams. Vocal criticism from fans and cricketers ought to do it

  • ATrueLegend on April 4, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    I am Indian and I am really sorry for this decision and the response from Ireland is quite obvious. This is a team who performed really well in last few years, even better than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and here they are, wouldn't be able to play next world cup. This is really a shameful decision by ICC. Bangladesh only known to perform at home and quite bizarrely as they are test team, they would play next world cup. on the other hand Ireland with talented players like Boyd Rankin and Kevin O'brien, won't be able to play next world cup. Is it a conspiracy on part of England to attract Irish players or to give them punishment for their victory against them? Shameful indeed.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Any business that does not expand - dies. Cricket as a global venture has officials that have made a disasterous choice. There are many many ways of having 12,14 or even 16 teams that do not take more time (just require more venues) A pre-tournament knockout for example, 3 groups of 5 - whatever. A stupid and short sighted decision that takes the globalization of cricket a giant step backwards. After the unqualified success of the world cup just gone how can the administrators of this game be so short sighted? If this was a decision made by a private business selling "boxes" or whatever - I would say they deserve to fail. But as it's cricket I really hope they don't and it can recover from this monumentally stupid decision.

  • CricketChat on April 4, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Absolutely terrible and unpopular decision by ICC. Decisions like this can potentially marginalize ICC and undermine its legitimacy. Looks like this thought process was influenced by poor performances from Kenya and Canada in the last 2 WCs. I wish they included 12 teams at least!.

  • ansram on April 4, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    A format like the FIFA with two groups of eight teams each can accomodate all associate teams in a fair way.

  • TywinLannister on April 4, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @ cric_follower Not "any" 10 teams, Mr.Follower - if you "follow" the article closely, the decision was to include the ten test-playing nations/full members only. But anyways ICC is reconsidering that now and are looking at having 12 instead of 10 teams for 2015.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Come on ICC...Ireland proved much better than Bangladesh, Kenya and Zimbabwe put together......

  • fataquie on April 4, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    I am still fine with 10 teams as long as those ten teams are rational! How about a criteria that hosts, current holders, past winners, and finalists all qualify automatically and the rest have to qualify. For example: 1. India (current holders and 9183 winners) 2. Sri Lanka (Runners up, 1996 Winners) 3. Australia (Hosts) 4. New Zealand (Hosts) 5. Pakistan (1992 Winners) 6. West Indies (1975, 1979 Winners) 7. England (5 times runners up) all automatically qualify and the rest have to slog it out. The rest would include: 1. South Africa 2. Bangladesh 3. Zimbabwe 4. Ireland 5. Scotland 6. Kenya

    and a few others!

  • khanbuzzz on April 4, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    How can Ireland qualify? How does this qualification thing work? just out of curiosity...

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    The ICC is inept and worthless. This is a lesson- don't try to play cricket if you haven't for 40 years. It's a disaster for the sport- but it's good they're sticking with a 10 team World Cup in 2019. There won't be any other nations wanting to play by then.

  • Sandystar on April 4, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Horrible decision by ICC. Period. We can have 12 teams with the associates along with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe contending for the last 4 spots. That would give upcoming teams like Afghanistan a chance as well.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Again, ICC proves to be worthless and in total ignorance of the ground realities of the sport.

  • shehanable on April 4, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    yes but those are only the 10 test playing nations. thus ireland have no chance unless one of those ten are ejected and ireland forces a test status entry over the next 4 years - which is unlikely. i really feel for them.

    plus they've already proven their worth. both in 2007 and 2011. hang in their Ireland. keep fighting. your time will come.

    (a sri lankan)

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    You can easily beat Zimbabwe and qualify !!

  • diehard-5 on April 4, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    It surely is a lop-sided decision with vested interests as usual from ICC, which is nothing but a sham without subcontinental teams. But Detroum needn't make such a big fuss out of it as the so-called world cup in cricket is nothing but a joke. It is just an overrated tournament that derives much of it's high hype from the fact that it is only played once in four years. If Ireland is good enough, like Detroum says, they can always prove their mettle in other tournaments or bilateral series, which are far better indicators of merit than a farsical world cup. But in my opinion, frankly, going by the declining standards in cricket and the resultant commercial compulsions the ICC finds itself in more and more, cricket is a dying game, whose scope may one day be reduced to only the subcontinent.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Ridiculous decision by the ICC, it is decisions like these that kill the sport in countries where the quality of cricket is improving.

  • ssenthil on April 4, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Yes, What a Bizarre and Worst ever possible decision by ICC. Ireland is the Most loved Associate team all over the Cricket World and I hate this, they are not even given a chance to Qualify for the Event. Mind you all, they were ranked Above Zimbabwe in ICC ODI Rankings and it's absolutely Shameful Decision by ICC

  • fwd079 on April 4, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Why on Earth can't ICC see the success of world cup in India? Don't they want Associates to progress? Bangladesh was Associates and now look promising for next World cup, so is Ireland.

    My hearties commiserations to Associate teams.

  • toughthinktank on April 4, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    @cric_flower: 10 teams means..ten Test Playing nations & they deserve to be better than Bangladesh & Zimbabwe...so its definitely unfair from ICC...shud have been 12 teams...

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    I think 10 teams means that there is no qualifying round. All the non-associates are automatically included, and there are 10 non-associate teams.

  • PraveenU on April 4, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    @ Cric_follower - If its 10 teams, then it would be those 10 Test playing nations, they have not said anything about the qualification to the tournament...

  • sgd123456 on April 4, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Why can't there be a relegation-based system where two of the Test-nations lose their status each year, and get replaced by two of the best non-Test nations for the next year, who then get a chance for one year? This caste-system of cricket has to stop, for the sport to flourish....

  • Rakesh_Sharma on April 4, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Lorgat is totally incompetent. This is the first time that there is no qualification and no associate in world cup. ICC has only gone to spoon feed Bangladesh . Just imagine Bangladesh just scraping through in 1999 qualification and made full member and offerred participation. Have a qualifying for last 2 spots even here .Hold the qualification in Ireland ,i am sure Ireland will qualify. Call this as champions trophy.I thought ICC will scrap Champion Trophy but effectively they have scrapped World cup.

  • on April 4, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    needed 12 teams 9 test nations + Zim, Kenya & Ireland

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    @cric_follower: I guess you didn't read it correctly. No qualifications for the 2015 tourney.

    This decision reeks of arrogance of from the BCCI, CA, and ECB. Thanks for going backwards ICC!

    I wonder how this is even doable, when you have Zimbabwe ranked lower than Ireland in the ODI rankings. What if Ireland move ahead of Bangladesh by 2015? Then what???

  • randika_ayya on April 4, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    @cric_follower: No qualification criteria mate. Zim and Bangla are in and everyone else out... What a pathetic decision this is. Sadly it was taken by Indian, English and Aussie combination and I cannot help but think that money was the object here and not the greater good of the game.... This effectively kills the spirit of the event 4 years before it starts. What a shame for the 50 over game! Hope Sri Lanka will give more tours and game to Ireland and the Dutch to help them develop...

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    ICC should be strict.The basic qualification should be having domestic structure.This ll sillence all.I wonder how the irish use english county resources and not expect England poach their players.They never invest but expect returns.Why the hell he speaks abt India playing how many matches(sure they will play more than nine).We r champions.Every national team will find followers when u perform well.Will ireland win the world cup third time which India did.I m sure pakistan ll send 3rd string team to ireland in may and thrash them.

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    yup ... truly outrageous .... like Ireland beat England, so they should be given a chance atleast .. If the smaller countries dont get a chance to play the big guys then how will hey ever qualify? ...

  • bala-chala on April 4, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    This is ridiculous. The ICC survives because we pay money to watch cricket. And we want to see teams like Ireland in the WC.

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Stupid ICC................they have already ruined Kenya and probably want to do same to Ireland and netherland

  • ksarva on April 4, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    This is a bad on ICC's part. They should have included at least 12 teams which would have given fair chance for another country to improve on. They could have avoided the length of the 2011 world cup by arranging 2 matches a day, which they have not done. Instead of doing that they are kicking out Ireland which is still considered as an associate team which is performing and ranked better than Zimbabwe(full member). Either Zimbabwe should be ripped of the Full Member status in ODIs (or) 12 teams be included for next world cup. We have seen wonders from Ireland and Netherlands this time. Poor poor poor immature decision from ICC.

  • CaptainTrent on April 4, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Well I think I'll just stop watching Cricket, we basically have two Champions Trophy tournaments and that has put the second last nail in the coffin of Irish Cricket,

    now Irish players will have to go to England not just for Test Cricket but for ODI World Cup participation,

    oh but wait we are allowed the scraps from the Cricket table, we have more teams in the 20/20 World Cup, Haroon Lorgat doesn't have a clue,

    never felt so low about Cricket as I do now ...

  • antman123 on April 4, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Zimbabwe, as poorly as they perofrmed in the recent world cup, are in fact now not required to qualify as they have now become a full member nation and are exempt from qualification. This is indeed a sad day for cricket, and has reminded us that even after that brilliant world cup, that the ICC are an incompetent as a governing body for our great game. This recent world cup, apart from kenya and ZIMBABWE, was a brilliant showing, finally a world cup which does not bring a sense of relief when it is over. The ICC need to look at the evidence and bring holland and ireland in, as they are better and far more entertaining than zimbabwe.

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    @ cric_follower you aint following much of the situation...re-read and u will have an answer...

    There must be a qualification that allows the so called minnows to participate in the very next world cup, irrespective of the number of teams participating!

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    My heart goes out to the Associates,especially Ireland.Hope the ICC changes it's mind.Appeasing by increasing the t20 spots is bull.what good will a t20 place do to increase the quality of cricket in these countries?

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    A ridiculer decision, purely based on commercial purpose. A big backward steps. At least they should give a chance for associate teams to qualify by having Qualification round to fill last four slots. Let Last 4 teams in the ranking to play the top 4 ranking teams from the Associate teams.

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    with how utter ridicule and stupidity does ICC regulate the game that has always been a question to many. But this piece of hypocritical decision exceeds all of its prior history. Clearly ICC has ensured that the game doesn't get global at least in the next 8 years. How could they forget that teams like Sri Lanka came out of that process. Ireland has every right to officially boycott ICC for such a decision considering how their team performed 3 weeks ago.

  • AvmanM on April 4, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    @cric_follower: Read before you comment:

    "The 2015 event in Australia and New Zealand will only include the ten Test-playing nations after the ICC decided against a qualification system for the tournament..."

    The only way they can get in is if they get Test status and either Bangladesh or Zimbabwe lose theirs (highly unlikely events).

  • A_HTIMAN on April 4, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    @cricfollower : Qualification is removed. Only test palying nations allowed. ICC this is complete rubbish..... :@ :@

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Its sad to see that Ireland cannot play in the next world cup.. it wud've been better if they had a qualification for the bottom 4 places as matches against bangladesh n west indies r usually seen as a cake walk.. associates need to be there but what also has to be seen is the quality of cricket these teams play.. while ireland proved its point rest of the teams utterly failed even to make an impression....

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    This is a travesty, a miscarriage of justice,

  • yorkslanka on April 4, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    completely agree with the Irish head...ridiculous decision which basically makes it even more of a private members club...how are the associate members expected to improve their cricket otherwise? this is a really bad decision today and i hope that the icc will see sense and reverse this...

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Total agreement with Warren Deutrom. It's a terrible decision. Mammon wins this round: the sport and spectators of cricket are poorer, but the administrators are richer.

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    this is really bad for esp. for d small team like ireland................................we miss so many innovative players like Kevin O'Brien

  • MohsinBallack on April 4, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    this will be shocking news for the irish and cricket world 2 because they played briliantly well they have ability to upset or series win icc have to give more matches to these teams like netherland and ireland.ireland is far more better than bangladesh why icc doing this ???

  • NewYorkCricket on April 4, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    I am sorry, I did not read this correctly. They at least deserve a qualification!!. Outrageous bizzare decision!!

  • NewYorkCricket on April 4, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Hold on!! There are 10 teams. You can still qualify!!?? Why black day. Qualify and prove your worth.

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  • NewYorkCricket on April 4, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Hold on!! There are 10 teams. You can still qualify!!?? Why black day. Qualify and prove your worth.

  • NewYorkCricket on April 4, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    I am sorry, I did not read this correctly. They at least deserve a qualification!!. Outrageous bizzare decision!!

  • MohsinBallack on April 4, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    this will be shocking news for the irish and cricket world 2 because they played briliantly well they have ability to upset or series win icc have to give more matches to these teams like netherland and ireland.ireland is far more better than bangladesh why icc doing this ???

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    this is really bad for esp. for d small team like ireland................................we miss so many innovative players like Kevin O'Brien

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Total agreement with Warren Deutrom. It's a terrible decision. Mammon wins this round: the sport and spectators of cricket are poorer, but the administrators are richer.

  • yorkslanka on April 4, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    completely agree with the Irish head...ridiculous decision which basically makes it even more of a private members club...how are the associate members expected to improve their cricket otherwise? this is a really bad decision today and i hope that the icc will see sense and reverse this...

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    This is a travesty, a miscarriage of justice,

  • on April 4, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Its sad to see that Ireland cannot play in the next world cup.. it wud've been better if they had a qualification for the bottom 4 places as matches against bangladesh n west indies r usually seen as a cake walk.. associates need to be there but what also has to be seen is the quality of cricket these teams play.. while ireland proved its point rest of the teams utterly failed even to make an impression....

  • A_HTIMAN on April 4, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    @cricfollower : Qualification is removed. Only test palying nations allowed. ICC this is complete rubbish..... :@ :@

  • AvmanM on April 4, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    @cric_follower: Read before you comment:

    "The 2015 event in Australia and New Zealand will only include the ten Test-playing nations after the ICC decided against a qualification system for the tournament..."

    The only way they can get in is if they get Test status and either Bangladesh or Zimbabwe lose theirs (highly unlikely events).