Associate news February 1, 2014

Netherlands, Kenya and Canada lose ODI status

ESPNcricinfo staff

Netherlands, Kenya and Canada have lost their ODI status after disappointing performances in the ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. The three teams made way for UAE, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea, who will join Ireland, Afghanistan and Scotland as the ODI Associate nations for the next four years.

Kenya had finished fifth in the Super Six round of the competition, while Netherlands and Canada failed to make it past the group stage. Netherlands have been an ODI nation since 2006, while Kenya's status goes back to 1996.

"It is sad for Kenya cricket but there is nothing we can do about the situation," Cricket Kenya said. "We have to wait for the team to come back on Sunday before deciding the way forward."

Cricket Canada president Ravin Moorthy said they hadn't yet "heard definitively from ICC what the plan will be for the top 10 Associates/Affiliates other than the four that have gone on to the World Cup.

"No doubt our funding will take a hit, as well as a reduced playing program that will hamper our ability to continue to have a full-time men's team. In terms of development, we still believe strongly in our programs and have been rewarded by further ICC investment in our grass-roots programs that will continue to deliver strong growth numbers in our sport in Canada. We are also buoyed by the fact that Canada continues to be an important commerical market for cricket and we will continue to expand that marketplace while we get our high performance program back on track."

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