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ICC spells out 2015 WC qualification plan

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October 11, 2011

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The outcome of as many as four tournaments will determine which Associate and Affiliate teams qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The tournament will comprise 14 teams, of which ten are the current Test-playing nations. The top two teams in the ongoing Intercontinental One-Day Cup - an eight-team tournament that runs till October 2013 - will also go through to the World Cup. The six remaining teams will join four others from the World Cricket League (teams placed third and fourth in Division Two, and those that finish first and second in Division Three) in a qualifying tournament, with the finalists making it to the World Cup.

The ICC, before its June conference, had decided, at a meeting in April, to stick to just ten teams in the 2015 World Cup but a wave of protests from the Associates, who feared exclusion, forced the member boards and the governing body to reconsider that decision. It was then agreed at Hong Kong that the 2015 World Cup will be a 14-team tournament, preceded by a qualifying round for the Associate teams.

The number of teams in the World Twenty20s in 2012 and 2014 - as agreed in Hong Kong - stands reduced from 16 to 12 (ten Full Members and two Associate teams).

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Posted by Vernacular_Press on (October 13, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

@Viswateja Kasarabada..... Are u ready to sponsor those qualification events.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 13, 2011, 3:49 GMT)

@Paramjit Das. You forget that 2011 format fixed earlier by former chairman. Not yesterday! and only Mr.Pawar was the supporter for Associate members when the others (Australia in particular) asked for a 8-10 team WC. And again you forgot that BD got full member/ test status because of Indian support. You cannot hide it by closing ur eyes. I cannot see such a lobbying for Ireland or NED by England. then why the fuss?

Posted by   on (October 13, 2011, 0:09 GMT)

@Man0007: uhm, what? BCCI was probably the sole reason that the 2011 format meant that the associates would never get through to the knockout stages.because when they did , ICC lost india and pak fairly early in 2007 which resulted in a huge financial loss mainly due to indias elimination. I wont be surprised if Pawar actually wanted to give the boot to the associates. England has always helped progress the development of cricket in ireland and netherlands [even though it means stealing their players :P]

Posted by   on (October 12, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

This is a mater of hope, at the same time an issue of concern for the Afghan National Team, noting their recent successive defeats in the games played during their recent tour of the UAE...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 12, 2011, 4:07 GMT)

Kudos to BCCI and Pawar for the decision to give chance to the associates...PAK and England board thought they can avoid defeats to associates in the WC by denying their opportunity... it is a smash at their face...

Posted by Dashgar on (October 12, 2011, 3:02 GMT)

7 home grown players? Even England can't manage that! UAE currently have 4 locally born players in their team. That's probably similar to Netherlands but I don't know how many are long term residents of UAE as something like half the country's population are born abroad.

Posted by Dashgar on (October 12, 2011, 2:53 GMT)

I think you have to see the nature of UAE as a country, it's a country of expats. In the coming years they're going to produce a lot more local players (with Indian and Pakistan backgrounds). There is a lot of interest in cricket in that country. I'd love to see Kenya get back to the top but right now they aren't competitive. As for Netherlands I don't think they're as good as people think. Their bowling since they lost Nannes is awful and besides Ten Doschate their batting isn't much better. But I guess any team that can qualify deserves to be there.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2011, 21:28 GMT)

I think a football style qualification is required. It is most likely that the 10 test nations will automatically qualify, however it will at least give the associate countries the cricketing exposure they require. At present an associate country is most likely to play a test nation in an ODI once a year or in a WC (every 4 years). This will hardly expose them to the high level of cricket they need to improve their level. It's the same theory behind new test nations having more tours during a year. The best way to improve ones skill is to play and experience it in the highest level. Whether it be ODIs for associates or Tests for newly included countries. Remember the rising tide raises all ships.

Posted by TheMysteryMan on (October 11, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

@ Viswateja Kasarabada.

That is not possible. Unlike Football players who play at max 50 matches for club in a year (less for the teams that dont qualify for Champions league or other such continental tournaments. Most clubs play as less as 40 games a year ) and 5-6 friendlies in a year, cricketers play 35-40 ODIs in a year where they have to stand whole day on the field, to add to that 5 day test matches and T20I games and then T20 club games. And you want all of them to play qualifying tournament?

Its simple not practical. At max they can reduce the automatic qualification to 8 teams instead of all 10 test playing nations. Not more than that. Rest will have to qualify automatically.

@Conor Arguably Cricket is more skill oriented in its 50 over and test match form than Rugby. That model will not work here.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2011, 18:13 GMT)

A football type system must be bought in.. where all teams whether test or associate or affiliate has to go through a qualification process based on region. Also by taking into account the number of playing nations in a particular region, number of teams to qualify can be determined. This type of system will cause growth of cricket all around the world and increase it popularity.

Posted by Herath-UK on (October 11, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

The current leadership of ICC seems indecisive and weak succumbing pressure and threats;many u turns be it world cups or DRS or rules of the game . Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Sehwagism on (October 11, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

Make it a 10 team tournament. Instead of all test playing teams, only top 6 ODI teams (based on some cut off date) automatically qualifies for world cup and other 4 has to play a qualification tournament and compete with associate teams to qualify for main tournament. This way associate teams will have better chance. There will be less no of matches in main competition and matches might not be one sided. Also bi lateral series will get more importance as every team will try to be in top 6 to escape embarrassement.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

I am happy that the WC 2015 will now have more teams, I only wish it was sixteen instead of fourteen. The more the "merrier".

Posted by kkk47 on (October 11, 2011, 16:01 GMT)

The ICC has lost its head...T20 WC should have more teams...they are trying to make cricket global...right? whereas 50 over WC2015 should just be of 10 teams to make it more interesting...bottom 2 teams should be part of qualification rounds. Who is going to watch a match when the result is predictable. We all know who will come up victorious when a top test nation plays one of the minnows in a 50 over match. But in T20 it can be unpredictable. But the ICC has gone the other way around. When will the ICC wake up?

Posted by   on (October 11, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

well i seem to think that these meetings are highly ridiculous. First they tried of reducing the teams to participate in WC 2015, but due to lot of protesting it is now decided to shorten up the T20 version......... it is like keeping those nation away from international arena one way or another............HA....... For God Sake these are WORLD CUPS we r talking about and what imp has it if we dont allow the emerging cricketing nations to take part in it............

Posted by bigdhonifan on (October 11, 2011, 14:54 GMT)

@Alex Spurge then ban England First!! How many Native English people they have????

Posted by Saqib_Sheraz on (October 11, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

I think we need only 9 international teams to play ODI WC and the method adopted in WC'92 for league matches is best suited for each team.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

The decision to have just 12 teams in World Twenty 20 is just atrocious. It is World Cup and T20 is the driver to expand it. It should be atleast 16 teams in it. Shame of some test nations who just to protect some finances are acting in a selfish way and becoming a stumble block in expansion of cricket

Posted by AlanHarrison on (October 11, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

I'm glad the ludicrous initial decision to reduce the world cup to 10 teams was reversed, but agree with those protesting at the decision to reduce the world twenty20 cup to 12 teams. These tournaments are supposed to be "world" cups after all so should represent more teams than less.

Posted by kingcobra85 on (October 11, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

@ Alex Spurge the current England team has 6 south African born players ? what is your opinion on that ? should we ban england too

Posted by   on (October 11, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

Cricket needs to look at the rugby world cup for guidence, fewer ppl follow rugby around the world but their WC is much much better. Also look at the improvement of the minnows in the rugby WC, DUE to the exposure against the big teams at a WC

Posted by   on (October 11, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

Well it's good for Ireland, hope to see us get in the first way through the ICC one day league :)...

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (October 11, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

Dashgar, I agree, I would invite the top 32 teams, have 8 groups of 4 with the top two from each group going through, from this point on its a striaght knockout. This guarantees that at least 6 assoicates get through to the knockouts and so theres a chance that at least one (maybe 2) will get through to the Qtr's. In total the competition shouldnt take more than 5 weeks assuming 2 games per day with 3 days rest between games.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

Dashgar, I agree with you, but can't see why UAE? Ireland and the Netherlands surely have a better chance of matching the big boys on their day? Although I have to agree that Afghanistan is rapidly catching up with exciting cricket!

Posted by   on (October 11, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

@Dashgar, at least Kenya has Kenyan players. I really don't want to see Canada or the UAE which are expat teams at a World Cup. They're poor excuses for Associate nations and a right slap in the face for the likes of Ireland, Afghanistan and many others who do great things to promote the game and don't rely on expat players. Teams should be made to play at least 7 home grown players.

Posted by Dashgar on (October 11, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

Still don't understand why the reduced the T20 cup. Was the perfect way to give the associate teams a shot at the big time. Still looking forward to the One day teams getting a go, hopefully we don't see the embarressing Canadians and Kenyans this time and get Afghanistan and UAE pushing for higher honours.

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