ICC news May 11, 2011

Cricket Committee suggests qualifiers for 2015 WC

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In what could be a major boost to Associate teams, the ICC Cricket Committee has recommended there be a qualifying process for the 2015 World Cup after a two-day meeting at Lord's. Though the recommendations are far from binding, the development will be warmly received by the nations who had seemingly been locked out of the tournament by the ICC's initial decision to limit the tournament to 10 teams.

"It's excellent news that another group of people have put their support behind the need for a qualifying process," Warren Deutrom, the Cricket Ireland CEO, told ESPNcricinfo. Trent Johnston, the former Ireland captain, was the Associate representative on the cricket committee and posted his reaction on Twitter. "Unanimous decision by ICC Cricket Committee to recommend to the Chief Exec Committee there be a qualifier for CWC 2015. A great result!"

The Associates were given a lifeline when ICC President Sharad Pawar requested that the tournament's composition be reassessed at the ICC's annual conference in Hong Kong at the end of June in response to strong and widespread criticism. The Cricket Committee's recommendation, which was one of a host of issues discussed at the meeting, could well represent a significant step forward to them.

The logistics of how the qualifying could work are not yet clear and could either be a qualifying tournament or by use of the one-day rankings. Ireland are currently ranked 10th above Zimbabwe. Dave Richardson, the ICC general manager of cricket, did suggest that using the rankings to determine qualification for major events could help add context to one-day internationals.

The matter will now be passed on to the Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) for approval before finally being presented to the ICC Executive Board for approval. As such, any recommendations made by the Cricket Committee will not take effect until ratified and/or approved by the CEC and the Board, both of which are scheduled to meet in Hong Kong from June 26 to 30.

At its meeting on April 4, two days after the World Cup final, the ICC board had decided to allow only the ten full members in the 2015 edition to be hosted in Australia and New Zealand, a decision greeted with incredulity by both the boards and cricketers of several Associate nations.

Liam Brickhill and Andrew McGlashan are an assistant editors at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Anneeq on | May 14, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    I think Haroon Lorgart should be sacked,the guy wanted to restrict cricket's global presence. Why on Earth would u want to do that? We fans want the world to love the beautiful game and he just wants to take us back to the 90s and run an 10 team gentleman's club, NOT the guy that should be running a world cricketing body! For 2015 there should be 12 teams with just the associates qualifying and Bangladesh and Zim getting a free pass for the last time. 50 over cricket should aspire to have 16 teams, anymore will make too long a tournament. So after 2015 top 6 full members should automatically qualify and the last 10 places should be played out over a 6 month period between the last 6 ranked full members, 3 affilliates who pre qualified and the associates for the last 10 places. This qualifier should have a league format where the teams play each other home and away, thisl bring the likes of Chris Gayle to Dublin and give the locals exposure to world class players.

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | May 14, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Whilst I would prefer a larger tournament (such as 16 teams, two groups of 8, being top 8 group A, next 8 group B), I recommend in this situation that ICC auto qualify Aust & NZ (hosts) and top 6 teams on rankings (exc hosts), using the 3 year ODI tournament as qualifiers. The final 2 spots would be decided by Official ranked teams 9 - 13, 3 official ranked associates & top 2 other associate teams (from WCL Division 2). Currently this would be: (2) Hosts Aust & NZ. (6) Top 6: Ind, Srl, SA, Eng, Pak & WI. (2) Play offs between [9-13] Bang, Zimb, Irel, Neth, Kenya, [3 ranked] Afgan, Canada, Scotland & 2 qualifying assoc teams from WCL Division 2 (say 2014).

    On current rankings, [1] WI & Bang are fighting it out for 8th spot (auto qualified), [2] Zimb, Irel & Neth could realistically be around 8th spot in 3 years time, [3] Other Divison 1 and top 2 division 2 teams would get to play against ODI teams ranked 9th to 13th.

    The results of 2015 should be used for 2019 qualifier seedings.

  • POSTED BY daSaj on | May 13, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Finally. Some common sense on behalf of the ICC

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | May 13, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    As long as no Quarter finals, any format is good. Top 2 from each group or top 4 play SF. If QF is included than round robbin has no meaning. Every one knows that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe cannot qualify. Especially considering the fact that WC2015 will be in Australia, Bangladesh will be blown away. In general WC must be of 12 teams so that 2 spots are based on qualification (as usual). As usual since some young posters feel there were no qualifiers earlier.

  • POSTED BY arctictern on | May 13, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    More power to the NZ and aus boards who are sticking to the quality perspective. I hope the last 2/3/4 places are made competitive however the tournament should have a round robin format with 9 matches to each team, before the top 4 qualify. Not the two match luck and either you are in or out type we see so often. The all play all format of 1992 is what made it so compelling, with sides peaking early, sides stagnating, and then retrieving their campaigns, and sides peaking just in time. It had everything except the flaw in the rain rule. Besides knowing which team plays who in the round robin also is good from organizing and spectator/tourism booking purposes, with only three matches with to be announced status. I hope you print this.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    12 teams WC is good option. Ire deserves to play in WC & AFG is also becoming a better team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    10 team wc is redicules........there should be 12 team wc. qf shud involves only assosiate nations. ireish deserve to be in 2015 wc, they r good team(that doesnot mean that they r better than bang & zim, where bang, zim slighly outclass the ireish) same goes to afghanisthan too( dont mention scot, ken,can, neder)

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    I think every team (except the hosts Australia and New Zealand), should play in qualifiers). If the gulf of class between top sides and associates is as huge as we've been told it is, then the qualifiers should be a formality. On current form do you really see India, Sri Lanka and the likes not winning an inclusive qualifier tournament? Probably not. For teams on the fringe (Eng, WI, Zim and Ban on current form) nothing will make the teams hungrier than missing out a world cup due to a poor performance in the qualifiers.

  • POSTED BY mnmdude on | May 12, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    20007 wc with less rules would be good

  • POSTED BY awsayad on | May 12, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Wow!!! That's great news and a good result of the ICC meeting in LORDS. It will provide chance to Associate countries to demonstrate their talent, especially for countries like Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, UAE and The Netherlands.

  • POSTED BY Anneeq on | May 14, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    I think Haroon Lorgart should be sacked,the guy wanted to restrict cricket's global presence. Why on Earth would u want to do that? We fans want the world to love the beautiful game and he just wants to take us back to the 90s and run an 10 team gentleman's club, NOT the guy that should be running a world cricketing body! For 2015 there should be 12 teams with just the associates qualifying and Bangladesh and Zim getting a free pass for the last time. 50 over cricket should aspire to have 16 teams, anymore will make too long a tournament. So after 2015 top 6 full members should automatically qualify and the last 10 places should be played out over a 6 month period between the last 6 ranked full members, 3 affilliates who pre qualified and the associates for the last 10 places. This qualifier should have a league format where the teams play each other home and away, thisl bring the likes of Chris Gayle to Dublin and give the locals exposure to world class players.

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | May 14, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Whilst I would prefer a larger tournament (such as 16 teams, two groups of 8, being top 8 group A, next 8 group B), I recommend in this situation that ICC auto qualify Aust & NZ (hosts) and top 6 teams on rankings (exc hosts), using the 3 year ODI tournament as qualifiers. The final 2 spots would be decided by Official ranked teams 9 - 13, 3 official ranked associates & top 2 other associate teams (from WCL Division 2). Currently this would be: (2) Hosts Aust & NZ. (6) Top 6: Ind, Srl, SA, Eng, Pak & WI. (2) Play offs between [9-13] Bang, Zimb, Irel, Neth, Kenya, [3 ranked] Afgan, Canada, Scotland & 2 qualifying assoc teams from WCL Division 2 (say 2014).

    On current rankings, [1] WI & Bang are fighting it out for 8th spot (auto qualified), [2] Zimb, Irel & Neth could realistically be around 8th spot in 3 years time, [3] Other Divison 1 and top 2 division 2 teams would get to play against ODI teams ranked 9th to 13th.

    The results of 2015 should be used for 2019 qualifier seedings.

  • POSTED BY daSaj on | May 13, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Finally. Some common sense on behalf of the ICC

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | May 13, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    As long as no Quarter finals, any format is good. Top 2 from each group or top 4 play SF. If QF is included than round robbin has no meaning. Every one knows that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe cannot qualify. Especially considering the fact that WC2015 will be in Australia, Bangladesh will be blown away. In general WC must be of 12 teams so that 2 spots are based on qualification (as usual). As usual since some young posters feel there were no qualifiers earlier.

  • POSTED BY arctictern on | May 13, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    More power to the NZ and aus boards who are sticking to the quality perspective. I hope the last 2/3/4 places are made competitive however the tournament should have a round robin format with 9 matches to each team, before the top 4 qualify. Not the two match luck and either you are in or out type we see so often. The all play all format of 1992 is what made it so compelling, with sides peaking early, sides stagnating, and then retrieving their campaigns, and sides peaking just in time. It had everything except the flaw in the rain rule. Besides knowing which team plays who in the round robin also is good from organizing and spectator/tourism booking purposes, with only three matches with to be announced status. I hope you print this.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    12 teams WC is good option. Ire deserves to play in WC & AFG is also becoming a better team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    10 team wc is redicules........there should be 12 team wc. qf shud involves only assosiate nations. ireish deserve to be in 2015 wc, they r good team(that doesnot mean that they r better than bang & zim, where bang, zim slighly outclass the ireish) same goes to afghanisthan too( dont mention scot, ken,can, neder)

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    I think every team (except the hosts Australia and New Zealand), should play in qualifiers). If the gulf of class between top sides and associates is as huge as we've been told it is, then the qualifiers should be a formality. On current form do you really see India, Sri Lanka and the likes not winning an inclusive qualifier tournament? Probably not. For teams on the fringe (Eng, WI, Zim and Ban on current form) nothing will make the teams hungrier than missing out a world cup due to a poor performance in the qualifiers.

  • POSTED BY mnmdude on | May 12, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    20007 wc with less rules would be good

  • POSTED BY awsayad on | May 12, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Wow!!! That's great news and a good result of the ICC meeting in LORDS. It will provide chance to Associate countries to demonstrate their talent, especially for countries like Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, UAE and The Netherlands.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    ICC should make 10 full member oneday wc.because they want t20 to globalize.so make 20 teams in t20 wc.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | May 12, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Comparing Newzealand and West Indies to lower rank side is a mistake. Top eight sides are equal in talent and they can beat each other in any series. West Indies with Gayle, Simmons, Bravo brothers, Sarvan and Chanderpaul in batting and Bishoo, Rampaul, Roach and Taylor in bowling has some great talent and they can beat any top side in a series. We all know about Newzealand and their great cricketers. When enjoying their cricket they are so good to watch.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | May 12, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Ireland, Canada, Kenya and Netherlands are around here for more than 30 years now. Most of their players are playing in the English leagues but still they are not up to the standard set by ICC. Ireland's recent good showing is only because of couple of good individuals and once they are gone Irish side will not remain as competitive as they are now.On the other hand Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are much better sides. Zimbabwe has produced great cricketers like Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Strang, Streak and so on. They are struggling only because of politics. Bangladesh is developing fast and they have beaten good teams recently. Let the World cup be competitive with 10 member sides and give Ireland and Neatherland a temporary membership for three years( for One days and T20). That will improve their standard a lot and if they start performing well than just make them permanent.

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | May 12, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Just don't trust the selfish vested interests of the so-called "10 full members" - India will look after their obedient lapdogs Zimbabwe and Bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Somebody here just said that INDIANS can't the digest Ban's TEST STATUS...!!!Who else do u think got u into the BIG LEAGUE...???This is the height of ungratefulness...

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    @naths You make half of a very good point. The term 'once in a blue moon' is true for shock results by associates over bigger team. That's simply because they only get to play them once in a blue moon! Looking back at Ireland v England - Ire had Eng rattled for much of the 2007 WC match. They nearly beat them in Stormont 09 (lost by 4 or 5 runs thanks to Morgan's brilliant fielding as sub!) Ire bowled Eng out cheap in the WI 20/20 WC (before rain stopped play) eventually got the win in 2011. So four matches all VERY competitive. But please don't forget about Afghanistan. A country that has little sporting success to celebrate, one or two local problems (!) How the hell can you justify not giving them the chance to compete? Thankfully it seems we are closer to a qualifier... but look around... the majority of fans want 12 or more teams! If that includes you, dear reader, please make your opinions known!

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | May 12, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Commonsense prevails and associates should play. Whether 8 qualifiers or all 10 full members, I believe 12 team format is ideal. The format has to be simple,fair,manageable by hosts and profitable. I propose a format of 2 groups of six with one qualifier in each group playing 5 rounds. Each round has 4 matches involving full members and let them be day/night in aus/nz which is day time in subcontinent and morning in uk/africa hence prime time with 2 matches with associates played at day time.Each round 4 days and 5 rounds in 20 days with successive day night prime time matches with 10 day matches of associates interspersed.group stage starting on friday ends on wednesday. top team in each group goes to semis.A2vB3 and B2vA3 plays in qualifying finals on weekend and winners play A1 and B1 in semis on Wednesday/Thursday and finals on Sunday. Tournament in 31 days with 25 day/night=prime time matches.

  • POSTED BY rubai on | May 12, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    This is the easiest way to have qualifications if you keep the participants of the World Cup at 10. If it goes up to 12, add two more teams from Div 1

    http://i.imgur.com/XHnQB.jpg

  • POSTED BY ruvvy on | May 12, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    I think the top 6 should qualify automatically (rankings) and the four other teams should come through a qualifications.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Very good news for all of the Associate teams and several cricket lover nations. I hope to see my Afghan national team in World Cup 2015.

  • POSTED BY tarikimam on | May 12, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Thank's JAY AL Pacino for Ur nice comment's,I liked it.Still I believe Ireland deserve a place in the next WC.We Bangladeshi alway's support their(Ireland) cause.But In near future they should produce their own cricketer rather then relaying on migrated foreign cricketers.what we see in WC football,initially 16 then 24 now I think 32 team,s participiting then what's the wrong having at least 12 team's in the next WC ie 2015

  • POSTED BY arctictern on | May 12, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    One thing is for sure: Cricinfo does seem to support Associates and an expanded WC. Looking at the site, and the abundance of comments favoring this outcome, and the lack of uploading contrary comments, this one can be gauged atleast.

    Please don't behave like Arab autocracies, else you may see an awakening.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Welcome news for a start! Based upon ICC rankings, the bottom two of the test nations and four of the Associates may participate in a play off tournament from which top four may get into the main WC to make it a 12 nation tournament. There will be real possibility of atleast one of the two top-10 teams getting eliminated in the playoffs adding seriousness and excitement to the tournament!

  • POSTED BY Jonah58 on | May 12, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    The problem is that whilst Cricketers and cricket fans want to see associate participation in a pre WC2015 qualifictation process, the folks who make the decision in June are suits like Chingoka of Zim, Sutherland of Aust and Clarke of ECB who all voted against it in the 1st place. And @Jay Al Pacino yes agreed m8, Ireland have no cricket infrastructure at all ;~] thats why they have won at U15, U17, U19 and ladies cricket and have a fine crop of players now either being signed up by English counties or playing 1st class cricket for their universities. As I mentioned before they were all of course found in a fairy ring where they were left by the leprechauns. But this is not just about Ireland its also about Afghans, Nepalees, Namibians, Dutch, Canadians, Kenyans, Scots and 100 other nations having a chance to show what they can do.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    I dont know why some of the Bangladeshi friends are worried about the automatic qualification of top 8 teams.It is not based on current standings but a future standings.If Bangladesh have talent and are improving they could surely climb the ladder by the time of qualifications.Even if they are to qualify ,being a Test team and with experience they can easily be one of the two qualifiers.Now if the Fans dont believe that it could happen ,Then there is something seriously wrong in Bangladesh Cricket.(The same can be said of West Indies) and the reverse can happen to any team which slips down from the top.One more thing is that Bangladesh are playing test cricket for 10 years but the average age of the team have hardly gone above 25.This is the major flaw in Bangladesh Cricket.Once they attend that they are surely going up the ladder.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Really good news for Associates and Affiliates to take part in 2015 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY Timmuh on | May 12, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Its a start, but not enough. There should be a minimum of 12 teams, and ensure that some of the "minnows" do get a crack at a wold cup. Watch for the like sof Ireland and Netherlands to be granted no games before qualifying to minimise their chance of qualifying and try to get the full nations, with the better revenue base, into the tournament. I'd like to see a 12 team world cup, going up to 14 whenever an 11th Test nation comes of age. Nations ranked 11-16 would then go into qualifiers. There should always be a chance for the best of the next tier to show their wares on the big stage, even when all the full nations are there some Associates are needed.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    I can't believe someone in this forum compared Bangladesh with Ireland. Look at their record against Ireland before you make any such bizarre comments. Ireland does not even have a proper Cricketing structure. Some of there players have second job as cricket is not a professional career in Ireland. Please stop making any such ridiculous comments out of desperation!!!

  • POSTED BY Amit_4_Sachin on | May 12, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Feels good, would had been absolute shame if Ireland couldn't play due to a stupid ICC decision.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | May 12, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    This will work if the ICC puts enough effort into promoting the qualifying tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    this is a real chance for the associates. but the qualifying round should be open for associates only. This will be a big slam for Test playing countries if they have to play qualifier. WI was a super power. now they are underdog.....SL was a underdog now super power..... so you cant say WI to play QF. the thing is that they are passing bad time... they will come back again....you should always think to do better for a upgrowing team....like bangladesh.....they are doing better day by day......the average age is 23....they are young team....they needs time to become a superpower...they have lot of talent..needs to expose them...and obviously the main problem is DEMESTIC cricekt and management....they need some good cricket heads in the management...they should change their think of spin track....they have to think for long term improvement......the real example of IPL..IPL gives india a lot of talents....so, if you want be a good team.....first improve domestic cricket..NO ALTERNATE..

  • POSTED BY tarikimam on | May 12, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    We Bangladeshi alwav's think Ireland deserve a place in 2015 WC.On a given day they can beat any of the top team's not only Bangladesh.Many think we R not in favour of Ireland getting chance 2015 WC.which is absolutely wrong.It's true we not performing well at the top level as expected, but we do have few success at the international level.Presently what is more important for us is,need's to be more consistance.Let me clear one thing our test status(My many INDIAN friend's may not like it) is naver threatened.We have shown the world how successfully we have hosted the WC - 2011.More so now a days there are many issuies where ICC is relying on bangladesh.We R hosting 20/20 WC having 16 team's in 2014.Final word's we need to improve our game & be more consistance.Good luck to Ireland U will be there in2015 WC

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    It's a good opportunity for associates at the same time ICC has to make sure their ample chances of playing as much as ODI with other full fledge test team so that they can prepare themselves for wc. It can be done that lest ranking 4 teams of ODI and other 4 team from associates can go for qualifying process and finally top 4 can be included in wc main stream. That will reduce less Importance matches in WC.

  • POSTED BY diddles on | May 12, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Positive development and well done Trent Johnson for your work on that committee. The next world cup should have a qualifying tournament like all previous events, with the exception of 1975, when associate teams were selected for it. That qualifying event may include bottom two or three ranked test countries(it would act as a motivator for Zim/Bangl/WI to improve), but the total number of teams in the next world cup should preferably be 14 or 16. Cricket needs to be bold, not negative, and the World Cup plays an important part in fostering the games growth in new territories. Teams like Ireland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Scotland, Kenya, Canada, PNG, Nepal, Uganda, Argentina, USA and so many others deserve their chance to compete in it. Look at rugby union, a 20 team world cup! As others have sensibly indicated, 2/3 games per day can be played in the first round so that the event is not too long. Also, next w/cup could include several regional venues for some of its lesser games.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    To all who are against the associate team's presence in WC: Dears Brothers and sisters there is a tournament called Champion's Trophy where only top team plays but this is WC everyone has to get a chance to play in that especially for those who perform well in associate team's tournaments. I Fully support associate teams to play in WC. World Cup does not means only few teams has to play World cup means World Champions not only few team's champion. This is only my personal openion

  • POSTED BY Raju927 on | May 12, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Yes Only the 8 top ranked teams should directly qualify for the world cup

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    @ frozeninusa : Sounds gud to have 12 teams.. n 4 of them by qualifying :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    @cavanough : So women play cricket? Thanks for telling me, mate.

  • POSTED BY naths on | May 12, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    8 teams should qualify directly. Teams like Bangladesh should also go through qualifying process. I dont see any diference between Bangladesh and Ireland or Netherland. Once in a blue moon they beat good teams. But all of them are inconsistent. So if Ireland has to play qualifiers then why not Bangladesh? Even I dont see point of keeping their test status. Simply Ireland, Netherland, Kenya, Bangladesh can give certain shocks but their capability is more or less same.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | May 12, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Follow the football style. Only the champion and the host may get direct entry, every other team has to go through a qualification stage. This will give ample experience to the not-so-strong teams against stronger teams, while the world cup will be free from meaningless matches.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | May 12, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    India,Saf,Aus,Paki,Eng,Slanka shall get automatic qualification.. Rest Windies,Irish,Holland,Scotland,Nzleand,Zimbwe,Bngbandu,Canada shud go fo r qualification process out of which 4 teams shud get chance to qualify. So 2 pools of 4 and top 4 qualify for semis..and then we have 4 teams in 2015 world cup for 10 team one....and great matches..

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    This makes much more sense than the earlier nonsensical decision of having Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. We all saw how Zimbabwe suffered in WC 2011. Having qualifiers ensures that Cricket moves in the right direction. If this happens, we are not far away from the day when we will have qualifiers in every continent for associate teams and the top teams from each continent make to WC event. Also there has to be some rule to limit the players to play for their nation only and not move to others in greed for money. We have IPL for that. If the players shine from the associate teams they will surely make it to IPL like Ten Doeschate. So fingers crossed, for getting the green signal for qualifiers.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan333 on | May 12, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    The ICC suggestion is not still satisfactory.A world cup without at least 12 teams is not a global event.Even associates can bring lot of crowd to world cup as shown by Ireland in 2007 and 2011.Ban and Zim are still stronger than top associates like Ireland,Afghans because they have more exposure.They are more likely to qualify in 10 member WC than associates.So ICC should give full ODI status to top associates and ensure 10-15 ODIs for them against full members each year.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | May 12, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    I feel top 6 ranked teams should get automatic qualification..Next 4 or 6 based on 10 team or 12 team world cup should go for qualification procesdure..and not on spin dusty tracks...As world cup is to be held in NZ-Aus,,,bouncy and seam conditions...

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | May 12, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    I feel top 6 ranked teams should get automatic qualification..Next 4 or 6 based on 10 team or 12 team world cup should go for qualification procesdure..and not on spin dusty tracks...As world cup is to be held in NZ-Aus,,,bouncy and seam conditions...

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    This is excellent news and would add to the case of the associates if as a last resort they are forced to take recourse to legal action. Also the selection should be based on a qualifying tournament and not on ODI rankings eg what if Zimbabwe refuse to play Ireland for fear of losing out; and only play teams weaker like say Scotland or Afghanistan; or in fact some of the associates are not scheduled to play any ODIs or very few of some. This gross lack of opportunities has been the bane of most associates. I don't see why you should succour to the cause of Zimbabwe, a country in which selection of team is not merit based; whose once upon a time cricket greats have all deserted the team and gone to far and wide corners of the globe; and a team that inspite of ample opportunities for the past so many years, puts up dismal performances!

  • POSTED BY smartguy786 on | May 12, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Great News ICC! WHat ever way they chose for qualifiers there must be some teams from the associates, or it will be pointless for the teams if they can never qualify for the top Tier of play ie world cup,

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    I am suggesting a Grand Slam Tennis like format, where top seeded players can play from 1st round, and lower ranked players have to play qualifier round beforehand the tournament starts at same venue [to be able to play at 1st round].

    8 top teams will play automatically, then rest of 2 test teams and 4 from associate will play a pre tournamnet at same worldcup venue 1-2 week before as a pre-tournament. 2 from this qualifier round will join 8 top seeded team.

    By doing this, 10 test team + 4 associate actually can participate in World Cup, without affecting the qualitity of matches during the main tournament.

  • POSTED BY Aziz_Hassan_Sangra on | May 12, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    I think WC 2015 should be limited to 10 top teams to have quality cricket and the format should be similar to IPL, all 10 teams play should play each other and the top 4 will qualify for the semis, unlike only 2 or 3 good match will take u to the finals.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    I don't think rankings will reflect a team's current performance, although it'll show an overall idea of their abilities. What should be done is, select 8 or so top teams from the rankings - those who don't automatically included in WC -, held a World Cup Qualifier, and finalist would proceed to WC.

  • POSTED BY Balb on | May 12, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    It will be interesting to know how the groups will be selected or how the division will be in the selection process or if by chance a process of elimination starting from where?

    By Continents, or from the strongest to the weakest teams.

    Many countries are now into cricket so how will this be decided. There is Honk Kong and other countries in Europe and Asia. Would Bermuda resurfaced again? There is Argentina as well. Would there be a split in the Caribbean? Watch out for Trinidad and Guyana breaking away from the West Indies in the near future just to play World cup cricket.

    This will be very interesting and for sure there will be a bigger purse for the ICC if this happens.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 12, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Common sense is prevailing, why on Earth they had to make all those dumb announcements about 2015, BEFORE the 2011 Cup had finished is beyond me! I actually differ a bit from the consensus & believe 4 Groups of 4 should be the format of the 2015 WC. The Groups would be based on ICC Rankings. This would mean 3 games each in the Group stage, in theory the minnows would get at least one game against a side of a comparable quality. The top 2 sides in each group would go into the QTR finals. This format would be signed sealed & delivered in almost half the number of games. Also the QTR finals would be played under what in football terms is called the McIntyre system whereby it is possible for beaten QTR finalists to get a 2nd chance IF they are the highest ranked losers, (this would probably be great for Saffas!).

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    If the ICC wants to stick with a 10-team WC, I suggest an automatic selection for the top 7 (or 8) ranked teams and hold a qualifying tournament involving the bottom 3 (or 2) teams and the top two associates.The top 3 (or 2 if 8 teams were granted automatic entry) of the qualifying tournament book their tickets to the WC. Pre qualifying tournament involving associaties would determine the top associates. This way, associates get to prove their worth in the tournament and also get some valuable games against a few teams that are little step ahead. It will also make sure that the teams like Ban and Zim (WI to a certain extent) wont get an free and eassy admission into the final round. They could also consider playing 3 games on certain days. (They could have a game in NZ, a day game in either brissy,melb, ect and a day nighter in perth. The games would hardly clash due to the time differences and would be a day full of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Good news from the ICC, still hoping that they'll go for a 12 team competition though, consisting of the ten test teams and the top 2 associates/affiliates.

    Personally I don't see anything wrong with having 14 teams and quarter-finals, as long as they play 2 matches a day through the round robin stages so that the tournament is over in a month. 2011 World Cup with this format was by far the best since 1992.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    I am glad that they have decided to to this, it seems to me that the ICC are not living up to their own claims. They claim to promote the game in countries where the game is growing then they decide not to allow associate teams into it and this on top of hindering Ireland from playing test cricket. That is why we lost Eoin Morgan, and why Ed Joyce played for England in the 2007 World Cup. They need to start living up to their charter.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | May 11, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Optimum number of teams must be 12 , by which it becomes fair for everyone. Qualifiers (as is historically) for last two spots.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    good news...one thing i would like to say that world cup means world cup...so there should be world cricket teams in it...not just 10....Hope afghanistan qualify for it and do better as always...

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    A good World Cup should always have teams participating based on merit. Therefore, the top 10 or 12 teams ought to be taking part based on the ODI rankings and qualifiers must be held for the botton placed teams to make it to the top 10 or 12.Automatic qualification for consistent under performers like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh(sadly) will only undermine teh importance of an event like the World Cup. Such teams must be made to earn their place in the premier event by performing well in teh qualifiers.It really is sad that the ICC has taken so long to understand this and are yet to take a clear decision on the matter. I do hope that a sensible process is introduced by teh ICC(or is that hoping for too much?) which allows good teams such as Ireland to consistently participate in ODI fictures comes into place and that good Assocaite teams are always given a channce(through a structured qualification process like in Football) to participate in the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY D.V.C. on | May 11, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    @nlambda: Not necessarily. Bangladesh and the West Indies are close to each other on the rankings table. If WI hadn't won there last 2 games against Pakistan, then Bangladesh would have been ahead of them.

  • POSTED BY nafzak on | May 11, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    The problem was never about the number of teams. it was because they only scheduled one match per day with very few exceptions. So, how about scheduling 2 MATCHES PER DAY so that the tournament will last only 1 month.

    Thank you Mohamed Z. Rahaman

  • POSTED BY frozeninusa on | May 11, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Only the 8 top ranked teams should directly qualify for the world cup. Next 8 (or more) should play a qualifier and 4 teams should qualify. A 12-team world cup is the right number at the moment. There won't be many weak teams and the associates also get a chance to participate. If the gaps persist in the world cup, tweak the format in a way that rewards the teams that finish in top two in their groups.

  • POSTED BY cavanough on | May 11, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Gee whiz the men should look at what the women do. The top eight teams play in the Women's World Cup but.... places 7 and 8 are up for grabs. That means those teams have to play in a qualifying tournament with all the other teams who did not make the previous World Cup. That means the top six placed teams from a World Cup have earned their ranking at the next world Cup but places 7 and 8 are decided by the qualifying tournament. This also ensures encourages aspiring countries to put competitive teams on the park. Places 7 and 8 can change and you can still have a situation where a team that was ranked in the top six is not of the same competitive standard as previously.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Well, I would recommend that, there would be four groups, two main (A and B) and two auxillary ones (X and Y). The teams ranked 1 to 8 will be directly divided into Groups A and B, while team ranked 9th will be in X group, and team ranked 10th in Y group, along with 2 associate nations each. The winner of group X will be promoted to group A, and play with other teams. Similarly, winner of Y group will be promoted to group B, and do the same. So, ultimately, Group A and B will have 5 teams, first 4 will be decided from top 8 ranking, and the remaining 2 will qualify from group X and Y respectively. Thus, the associate members will also have an opportunity to have a crack at the competition, as well as the top teams also can avoid playing against lesser known teams, if they are not competent enough and dont qualify.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | May 11, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    This is bad news for Bangladesh... will have to compete with IRL and AFG for positions.

  • POSTED BY magesh10 on | May 11, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    We are richest board in any sporting event but only Committee to represnt few test nation overall so need to develop those awaiting teams to part of big event henceforth people of the respective country will wide cricket life.

    Note: Already there is assumption that T20 will destroy the historical format of games.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Good news, but this is only one small step in the right direction. I was a bit puzzled by the understatement in the last sentence... NOT merely incredulity of several associate boards and cricketers... there was horror expressed by thousands of cricket fans representing the major test teams as well as the associates. Not just incredulity, but screaming outrage in many cases! It's really important that those who support a larger format do not become complacent. Yes, we should commend the movement towards common sense. Fine, but does a ten nation cup really make a global event? Speaking personally twelve seems the absolute minimum. We all know the financial rational behind India playing nine games. But long term development is so much more important. See the bigger picture... ICC needs to invest in the future... they simply have to be able to see beyond this years accounting figures.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    I think Ireland has done better and has toppled many of the top teams. They are deserved to be in 2015 world Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Discarding the Associate team wasn't a right move and this is a good sign. A very good news for teams such like Nepal, our players were shattered to know about the previous decision.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    I prefer a Qualifier tournament between the three last ranked teams and Associate and Affliate Teams. The Three last ranked teams could be West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | May 11, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    @Brian Newham-Agreed. I'd like to see a 12 team cup, but it looks like this is the best we'll get.

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | May 11, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    10Teams world Cup is not World Cup at all. for Qualifiers top 4 Associates should regularly get matches with bottom 6 Full Members teams till Qualifiers...Find a place in FTP do what ever in hand.. or it won't make sense Ireland directly playing Zimbabwe in qualifiers . Give associates same experience as bottom 2 Full Members..

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Good news for cricket. No way should zimbabwe and bangladesh automatically get a place above ireland.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    At last - a touch of sanity returning although they should expand the tournament too. They should use the rankings - and ensure that all the associates with an ODI ranking have a chance to play against the full members on a regular basis.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | May 11, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    A ten team finals, with all playing all in a single group and the top four from this progressing to the semi finals would be idea and, crucially, ensure that all games had true menaingl. Could therefore the top eight ranked teams in the World as of say nine months before the competition be automatically qualified and then the remaining two spots be decided by an ICC qualification event.

    And keep the event to a maximum of four weeks.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    good news 4 associate team specially 4 AFGHAN TIGERS

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | May 11, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Its a great news for the game cricket. A qualifying process shall be needed involving the bottom three test playing nations and three or four associates to pick the three spots on the grab. Alternately top three or four among the associates shall be allowed to play on par number of matches that the test playing nations are playing. Right now the nations like Ireland, Netherlands and Kenya are playing just a handful matches(10 - 15) while teams like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, New Zealand and West Indies play 50+ matches over a period of four years. So ODI rankings do not justify the qualification. Play off involving six or seven teams shall be neccessary for qualification.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Its a right decision,ICC should apply this in CWC 2015.Good news for the associate teams like Ireland and Kenya.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    A great decision on behalf of ICC !

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Best of best chance for Afghanistan and for Ireland its a good news for both sides . Best luck for associate members.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Best of best chance for Afghanistan and for Ireland its a good news for both sides . Best luck for associate members.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    A great decision on behalf of ICC !

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Its a right decision,ICC should apply this in CWC 2015.Good news for the associate teams like Ireland and Kenya.

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | May 11, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Its a great news for the game cricket. A qualifying process shall be needed involving the bottom three test playing nations and three or four associates to pick the three spots on the grab. Alternately top three or four among the associates shall be allowed to play on par number of matches that the test playing nations are playing. Right now the nations like Ireland, Netherlands and Kenya are playing just a handful matches(10 - 15) while teams like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, New Zealand and West Indies play 50+ matches over a period of four years. So ODI rankings do not justify the qualification. Play off involving six or seven teams shall be neccessary for qualification.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    good news 4 associate team specially 4 AFGHAN TIGERS

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | May 11, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    A ten team finals, with all playing all in a single group and the top four from this progressing to the semi finals would be idea and, crucially, ensure that all games had true menaingl. Could therefore the top eight ranked teams in the World as of say nine months before the competition be automatically qualified and then the remaining two spots be decided by an ICC qualification event.

    And keep the event to a maximum of four weeks.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    At last - a touch of sanity returning although they should expand the tournament too. They should use the rankings - and ensure that all the associates with an ODI ranking have a chance to play against the full members on a regular basis.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Good news for cricket. No way should zimbabwe and bangladesh automatically get a place above ireland.

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | May 11, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    10Teams world Cup is not World Cup at all. for Qualifiers top 4 Associates should regularly get matches with bottom 6 Full Members teams till Qualifiers...Find a place in FTP do what ever in hand.. or it won't make sense Ireland directly playing Zimbabwe in qualifiers . Give associates same experience as bottom 2 Full Members..

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | May 11, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    @Brian Newham-Agreed. I'd like to see a 12 team cup, but it looks like this is the best we'll get.