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  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Why don't ALL cricketing countries do what the soccer(football) countries do an have friendlies too see who is best have 3 games in each country for example Aus vs Zim play 3 games in Oz then 3 games in Zim or in neutral countries this method will need work to make it worthwhile but there is 10 official test playing nations to work it out

  • POSTED BY Masha-w on | April 9, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Nicely said! If you are against ICC's decision to limit the next world cup to just the ten full member nations go to: Allow Associate Nations to play in Cricket World Cup on Facebook and voice your opinion. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Allow-Associate-Nations-to-play-in-Cricket-World-Cup-2015/139928489408621#!/pages/Allow-Associate-Nations-to-play-in-Cricket-World-Cup-2015/139928489408621?sk=wall

  • POSTED BY Monjur_Elahi on | April 9, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Just watch the exciting moments BD is delivering playing against AUS now. Look at the temperament, notice the crowd, notice what the commentators are saying and then perhaps you would keep quiet if you are a negative fan, would appreciate if you are a true cricket lover. Have I ever seen such support from Irish fans? Yes, for football, cricket is a stranded game there.

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    of Course BD id better than ur IRE mr.samedwards........u dont know anything about cricket......U r giving only one example and asking question...u First try to improve ur cricket knowledge and then give ur comments....Ya BD. Will become a good team....Because we have good infrastructure than u....We have different aged team like 14,15,17,19 , Academy team and A team....Who are producing many many cricketers..and WE have world class institution like BKSP Which is producing players like sakib, Razzaq, Mushfiq, Shahdat.....Our players became wisden player of the year in ur Arena......I am so sorry that u haven't much knowledge about cricket....

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Yevghenny@ Ireland beat england after England scored over 320!! West Indies or New Zealand or even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe would of lost but no, Ireland won! And whats more, Ireland almost beat the West Indies, the only reason they didn't was because of Asoka Silva's stupid decision. Ireland have more talent than zimbabwe, look at Dockrell, Porterfield, the O'brian brothers, Stirling, Eoin morgan (if England gave him back). Actually watching the games before commenting!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Please sign the online petition, supporting the associates so we can see them in the next WC!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/wc2015/petition.html

  • POSTED BY Monjur_Elahi on | April 9, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    @samwards - Its not the potentials that BD is building on now, rather structurised approach. There are good replacement for Ashraful ready in line. Pressure is often there for anyone, even South Africa breaks under pressure and they are called the Chokers. IRE has a bunch of aged players to be replaced soon and is there a good structure to replace porterfield, johnston, rankin, o'briens? IRE could not hold back Ed Joyce, Eoin Morgan even when they had the opportunity, simply because there was no future for them. It will be interesting to see where they stand in 5 years time. At least BD hung on and continue to improve. Winning two matches in the World Cup out of six - and loosing almost all the games rest of the year certainly does not prove IRE's worth.

  • POSTED BY samedwards on | April 8, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    @nazmul & monjur,just having the potential doesnt mean that bd will become a good team.look at your own ashraful.whereas irish are more gritty & competitive,while bd crumbles under pressure even after playing top-level cricket for 10 yrs.So tell me now,which is the better team?

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    @Notredam: U've lotta knowledge about Associates but no idea about Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. U talked about winning percentage of Ireland & BD. But ireland won most of matches against Minnows except 4 accidents. How u can compare Irish players with BD or Zim cricketers? None of associate takes much wickets like Razzak or Price with good economy & average. Had associates ever produced No 1 allrounder in ICC ranking like Shakib? Does any associates have good opener like TAMIM of BD or Taylor of Zim? Haven't u seen Test Centuries of Tamim in Lords & Old Trafford against full power English bowling attack? Even Heath Streak & Mashrafi is far ahead 4m Jhonston or Bukhari. Bangladesh & Zim had beaten all big teams for several times in ODI. Last one year BD whitewashed NZ & beat England twice in Away & home. Zim also beat Srilanka, Windies & India last year. So associates have no match with Zim & BD. But i still agree at least best 2 of them should play in WC. WC should contain at least 12 teams.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    World Cup is The Biggest Event in Any Sport, Ment to Play By Nation's Around The World, To Prove Their Mettle At The World's Greatest Stage. Which Undergoes, A Systematic Process of Deciding The Nation's To Play in World Cup Through Qualifying Rounds.Qualifying Matches Ensures & Sets The Field Rocking, Colorful, And a Promising Event With Best Nations(Teams) Around The World Compete Each Other in Game's Spirit Which Guarantees Minimum Entertainment To The Crowd's In And Around The Ground. I Personally Feel Countries Like Ireland, Scotland & Others Must Be Given A Fair Chance To Play in Game's Good Spirit, At The Biggest And Greatest Stage World Cup. Note: Remember, Before Win's of 1983 & 1996, India And Sri Lanka are Considered as Minnow's in Sport. So, Other Minnows Too Deserve A Fair Chance To Play in World Cup's To Prove Themselves. Ultimately, Strongest & Better Played Team Will Win's The Cup. In Deed it Help's in Globalization of Sport(Cricket).

  • POSTED BY victoryavi on | April 8, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    World Cup is The Event in Any Sport Ment to Play By Nation's Around The World, To Prove Their Mettle At The World's Greatest Stage. Which Undergoes, A Systematic Process of Deciding The Nation's To Play in World Cup Through Qualifying Rounds. In order To Filter The Teams Participation, Conduction of Qualifying Matches Ensures & Sets The Field Rocking, Colorful, And a Promising Event With Best Nations(Teams) Around The World Compete Each Other in Game's Spirit Which Guarantees Minimum Entertainment To The Crowd's In And Around The Ground. I Personally Feel Countries Like Ireland, Scotland & Others Must Be Given A Fair Chance To Play in Game's Good Spirit, At The Biggest And Greatest Stage World Cup.

    Note: Remember, Before Win's of 1983 & 1996, India And Sri Lanka are Considered as Minnow's in Sport. So, Other Minnows Too Deserve A Fair Chance To Play in World Cup's To Prove Themselves. Ultimately, Strongest & Better Played Team Will Win's The Cup. It Help's in Globalization of Sport.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Mr. Smith( chief cricket Scotland) Do u know what are u saying? R u out of ur mind? How could you say that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe aren't too much better than the likes of Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan or Kenya etc...If Bangladesh plays 10matche series against these teams, Bangladesh will win 10-0.....Control ur emotions and dont try to underestimate Bangladesh.....Try to improve ur cricket knowledge and cricket....

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    I am agree with monjur Elahi......Bangladeshis much better team than Ireland....We have lot of potentials players who will dominate in near future and already some are dominating like sakib, Tamim, RAzzaq, Mashrafe......So all of u who are telling that IRE is better than bd. try to control your emotions....But it is true that IRE should play world cup....

  • POSTED BY Monjur_Elahi on | April 8, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    The former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting ignited the idea of 'no world cup for the associates'. The top teams does not want them in the elit panel. Bangladesh played 7 matches against IRE which is the highest IRE played against a full strength member. So, IRE should rather be grateful to BD instead of firing.

    Here are some interesting statistics for IRE -

    Played 33 matches against the associates since 2006, won 25, lost 6, success rate 76% Played 31 matches against the full strength members since 2006, won 5 lost 24, success rate 16%

  • POSTED BY Monjur_Elahi on | April 8, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Hmmm.... History repeats! Ireland and Scotland players have no other choice but to play under England.

    This is the trick, guys! You have shamed them once and you're never gonna be given the chance again. So, think about ways how you can undo it. Don't dispute over the success Bangladesh has achieved. IRE may be close to BD by performance but IRE is far away from AUS; BD is closer to AUS compared to IRE. BD has a better cricket infrastructure. BD has been producing a number of Cricketers every year. BD has a huge market potential. BD has been investing a lot in cricket. IRE and the other associates can start following BD's foot step and once they achieve to some point, they can start asking for what they deserve.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | April 8, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Absolute disgrace to exclude Ireland from world cup. Hope it spells doom for the game of already dying sport. Look up and open up your eyes wise guys the game is popular only in Indian subcontinent. Rest everywhere it has bled to slow death. Examples West Indies, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Scotland, Canada, USA. Remember that oldest game was played between USA and Canada in 18 th century. Even AC Milan the famous football club is having cricket also in its name. The first Olympic had France and Great Britain playing. But no one cares. As long as you can fill your own pocket why it's development that should concern you.

    Kenya was the team that was really good in 2000 around and reached semis in 2003 but no tours after that were arranged for them and look what is the result of that in 2011. They were hopeless and clueless.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | April 8, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Ireland in spite of all the obstacles fought till the end and was the best fielding unit and most spirited in the competition. Even gave eventual champions a good run for the money. They have produced players like Dockrell, Mooney, Johnston, Morgan, O Brien who can proudly walk into any side leave aside Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Also Holland had Peter Seelar the best spinner and Ryan Doeschate the best all rounder and numbers don't lie. Canada had baghai, davison. But now it's complete waste of generation of talent and after all we won't be able to see such people as cricket as a sport will die slow death in these countries. Without any funding even their governments without world cup to look for will derecognize their efforts and no funds will be provided by them.

    Ireland has played 60 Odi up till now and have won 30 and lost 30. Bangladesh have played 180 around and losing 80% of those. Same is the case with Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | April 8, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    What sort of is the compensation by providing them chance for 16 teams in 20-20 cup.

    Even Bangladesh who are hopeless after so many years why did they get Test status in first place. A true ruler is one who doesn't look at Short time profits which you guys are looking at India. Even in due time India will be bored of cricket just like English, Aussies, Kiwis have been. So its time to look beyond that and market and explore the market beyond boundaries. Even rugby world cup has one-sided matches with Japan, Italy, and Georgia playing. Does that means they will 20 teams to reduce? Even FIFA world cup has teams like China, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, South Africa with lopsided results. Every match cannot be like Brazil versus Spain. Have 12 teams in 2015 world cup, with 2 pools of 6 each. Best two from each pool to reach semis and then the final.

    Result less matches, more competitiveness and can be done over in 30-35 days. Listen or die slow death. The shame games for 2015.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    There are quite a few people who are under the impression that Bangladesh needs protection; I think they have forgotten that Bangladesh whitewashed NZ pretty recently. Given NZ's current form why not let NZ compete for their place. And I dont understand how anyone can say that BD suffered a humiliating defeat against India. Hey, when Sehwag gets it going, how many teams in the world can stop him. On top of that BD responded with 284 runs. BD defeated England and all the weaker nations. Last WC they knocked out current WC champs and defeated SA. BD has without a doubt has earned their place.

  • POSTED BY Monjur_Elahi on | April 7, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    A rebel world cup idea sounds very amusing, but this would be another ICL I suppose - without crowd, media and facility support.

    I am sad to see that great cricket minded fans are demoralising each other. I saw BD spectators celebrating Sachin's century and the Indians helping Bangladesh's cricket.

  • POSTED BY Monjur_Elahi on | April 7, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    How about a true globalisation like Football? All countries divided into different zones will play qualifier? Top 10 will play final round.

    India will sweat beating Bhutan to qualify. Ireland will beat England again and will qualify. And Scotland will beat ALL ;-)

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    I suggest WC be divided in two plate titles to enjoy even more competitive cricket. Gold and Silver cup titles be introduced in 2015. Top eight teams should contest for Gold cup. Based on 2014 ranking the two bottom rank teams along with six associates should participate in Silver cup title. Eight top teams contest must be fun and watch exciting cricket, I know this is a bit rude for likely BD and ZIM fans, but either these countries should improve in next three years or get ready for Silver cup. I am sure that this idea will reduce appreciably the one sided boring games like we came across several times in 2011 specially WI vs BD.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    I m a Bangladeshi.I dont know why indian cricket fan r to much taliking about Bangladesh.R they thinking they r best in the world.Its like when a very poor person become rich he cant adjust with his behaviour.just think about 10 years ago what india was where they whitewash all away series of the world.whats their acheivment on that time.They r playing 100 years and white wash with their opponenets 90 years.But soon they r going to b same.when their senior player going to retried like aus.within 2/3 years ban will beat them regularly and win the series.Just wait and see the guys and remember my words.From my boyhood I support india and grow up to watch sachin but now I hate india from my heart.if india play against somalia i will support somalia .the much they lose the much i injoy

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | April 7, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Guys, stop comparing football with cricket..and FIFA with ICC. These two are two different types of sports...and the governing bodies are different too. So, how they operate is going to be different too.

  • POSTED BY consnar on | April 7, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Feeling sorry for the associates.I would like to see 12 countries playing WC in 2015.But the comment by smith was a total bull shit.Bangladesh doesn't need any protection.They are far better than Ireland.

    Between, India has a long and great history of cricket.It took 20 years to beat a team in test match.But Bangladesh took 5 years.So don't tell me what will happen in 2054.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    @np_ny well why only indian cricket fans will bark about BD's test status?? why not others?? u've given the answer.. 2054 is far away lets see what happens next..

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 7, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    @bdcricketfan & @Rakesh_Sharma: The year is 2054. Bangla has played 500 test matches total, won 10 and lost 450. Indian fan: "Why does Bangla still have test status? Why not Ireland or Scotland?" Bangla fan: "Are you angry at Bangla because Bangla beat India in 2007?" Ha ha...sorry Bangla fans, another world cup is already over, you got thrashed by India in your own ground, so you need to find better and more sensible arguements. :).

  • POSTED BY Mr.Marston on | April 7, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    First of all People of BD please dont get me wrong, I know your passion for cricket. But you have to accept the criticism otherwise you will never improve. I think BD would have struggled if this WC was anywhere else in the world. There are still few areas that need improving. If you guys are so confident then why don't participate in the qualifying round. I think teams from 8th position to 16 should play in a tourney. FAIR GAME init?

  • POSTED BY randika_ayya on | April 7, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    from Andrew.Henshaw; "Just sent my email to the ICC voicing my disgust. I urge everyone else to do the same. INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL Street 69, Dubai Sports City Emirates Road Dubai, UAE PO Box 500 070 Dubai, UAE. Phone: +971 4 382 8800 Fax: +971 4 382 8600 enquiry@icc-cricket.com"... done it, DO IT!!

  • POSTED BY siponus2007 on | April 7, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    everyone should understand why scotland chief member says that , answer is they are angry bcz they cant play in 2015 wc , but before anyone talk about bangladesh cricket team they should understand that bangladesh are not minnows anymore , and team like ireland , netherland , scotland never beaten bangladesh accept one upset after a while probably , and bangladesh team doesnt need a protector anymore bcz they are in number 8 in world cricket ranking , bangladesh beaten every test playing nations in odi cricket , and also they whitewash newzealand and west indies which minnows team like scotland will take probbaly 100 years to whitewash team like newzealand , and i guess this is just sick and and hatred comment made by scotland ,

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    i think this should be not happening.i feel very sad for Ireland.The ICC should rethink or reconsidered it.the world cup 2015&2019 should be 11 team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    hello Mr president of scotland,are you forgetting the proverbs"A bad workman blames his tools.we have already beat the winner of 2011 India twice,your neighbour England twicethe runners up of 2007&2011 Srilanka twice,whitewashed kiwis and west indies.beat SA,Aussie one time each and Zim&ireland so many time and we also beat pakistan and we not qualify for quaterfinals though we win 3 game but we are happy that we not let them go to make it easy.if you forget the statistic see in internet.now my question is to you what your team have done for long long time.At first perform a little like us then come to talk.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Logart and ICC are once again proving to be mere agents /brokers of big-money-oriented administrations. They have no urge to expand cricket. Not at ALL!!!.... I just wonder how come a CEO of an international organization can be so dumb!!! Isn't it simple that just an year or 2 before the CWC, have a qualifying round involving last 4 full members + top 4-6 assiciate nations and then let the 4 semifinalists through to CWC..... If those full members are credible enough, they can come clean... and then there will be no complaints from associate nations and this will also give a sense of competition to the Full members to remain in top 6!!!

  • POSTED BY bcl501 on | April 7, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Learn from FIFA how to conduct the World Cup. There are 32 teams fighting for the title and the new teams were selected based on the Qualifying system. ICC should adapt this strategy to include the associates.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I see some of my Indiam friends are giving opinions abou free pass of top 8 countries and qualifiaction tournament for the rest.Come on,if you want to think that way ,then why free pass for all,every single team should play like the football world cup.Now I know you will say we deserve free pass,Well then BD too deserve the same.BD won 4-0 against NZ,3-1 against Zimbabwe.So they are better that those two.Talking about Ireland,BD also beat them in WC2011.I admit they had two very bad games.But that can happen to any team.India's early exit in WC 2007 doesn't make a lot of Indians happy.Same the case of BD.England was lucky to go to quater.I will say BD deserved it more than the English team.Associates are not allowed to play that is bad for cricket.But stop questioning BD performance like this.Bangladesh don't need to prove anything they already did what they are capable of.Start thinking about Zim cricket.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | April 7, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    If the World Cup was held outside of the subcontinent or the West Indies (ie. not slow spinning pitches) Bangladesh would have lost all of their group games. In the South Africa 2003 World Cup, Bangladesh lost to Canada. Some of the passionate Bangla and Zim fans sound so insecure. One of them said Bangladesh can beat Scotland 10-0. Ok then lets have a quick qualifying tournment. 5 games in Bangladesh and 5 in Scotland (quite a cold, swinging country). My guess is that Bangladesh will just scrape through 6-4. But like one of the commenters said below, Bang and Zim are scared but not just them. India, Australia, England, etc. are also scared. They're all scared. 10 scared teams. Cowards, hang you head in shame.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Why do you have to say that the ICC's decesion is to secure some countries places in the ICC WC '2015? Well, I also support you to fight for your places. But, I didn't like the way you're approaching that. And you know the truth is that the ICC, rather, trying to protect your humiliating out comes to a big stage. Moreover, the organizers, don't like to risk their investments with your presense.

  • POSTED BY zahidirfan on | April 7, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    I believe that the Associate Teams are not as good as Bangladesh , Zimbabwe or WI. The only team that comes near associates is Zimbabwe while Bangladesh and WI get chances to play big teams more often so they are far better than Associates. As far as one result of Ireland is concerned that was just one maniac day. Look at what SL did to the same England in Quarter Finals. So that is no qualification. The associates instead of fighting for world cup 2015 should instead focus on getting more cricket with top teams and then give an upset here and there so that they could build a better case. Ireland's two victories in two worldcups dont make much of a case for the rest.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    excuse me. Bangladesh won 3 games at this world cup out of 6, that is very competitive and they also beat new zealand comprehensively in a recent series before the WC, they are making strong progress while some of the other associates including kenya, canada are going backwards and scotland and bermuda are a bunch of 2nd grade club cricketers. If u had a WORLD CLASS team then you would be included in the WORLD CUP and that is the bottom line, if your team was good then you would be winning matches consisently against some of the test nations and being competitive and having a full team of pro cricketers, not a team of weekend club cricketers. Fair enough to target ZIM as they are not great (ireland is better and netherlands not far behind) but Bang>ireland>ZIM>netherlands>canada>afghan>scotland>kenya>local under 12's team> bermuda. I DO support a qualifying tournament tho whether the cup has 10 teams or 12 is debatable, if it was 12 id include ireland and netherlands

  • POSTED BY Asokkumar on | April 7, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    ICC main concern on TV right and media coverage for associate teams in Australia and New Zealand. World cup should not be consider on those issues, right now Ireland and Afghanistan are really improved country for last few years. If ICC decide to drop associate team for this year world cup then many new country wont participate in cricket. This world cup everyone know Ireland done much better than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, they should have given one day status by now..Best way to participate associate team in next world cup by top 8 team direct entry to next world cup and last 2 team and top 4 associate team should play qualification round for last 2 position in next world cup

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Mr. president of Scotland cricket board, if you think your team is not far away from Bangladesh team then invite BD team and peove that your team is not far away from Bangladesh. if Scotland play 10 matches against Bangladesh, they will lose 10 matches. only Ireland can say thet we are not far away from Bangladesh. just for Ireland ,the world cup should contain 11 teams.

  • POSTED BY andrew.henshaw on | April 7, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Just sent my email to the ICC voicing my disgust. I urge everyone else to do the same. INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL Street 69, Dubai Sports City Emirates Road Dubai, UAE PO Box 500 070 Dubai, UAE. Phone: +971 4 382 8800 Fax: +971 4 382 8600 enquiry@icc-cricket.com

  • POSTED BY AtifFazal11 on | April 7, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    I agree that the ICC have only done this to protect Bangladesh and Zimbave... Honestly they should have a qualification tournament for the 2015 WC between the likes of Bangladesh, Zimbave and the associate teams. The top two spots should be awarded a place in the 2015 WC.... Ireland would probably emrge on top if this tournament was held

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame on | April 7, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    what Clay smith of bermuda said is what i also said previously in one of these posts. get the associates to play each other all year around and get zimbabwe and bagladesh in there too. then have a qualifying round closer to w/c and the top 2 teams will qualify for the w/c. its not rocket science ICC, Lorgat!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    I empathize with the Associate nations' feelings, especially when Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are getting a free pass. Actually reducing the number of weaker teams is a good idea for improving the quality of the matches in the tournament. But shutting them off completely like this is bad all around. Not only does it takes away hope and motivation from the Associates, it doesn't motivate the Full Members like Zim and Ban to improve their performances. Ideally, in the current circumstances only the top 8 ranked countries should've got the free pass. The last two must compete with the rest for the remaining two slots. This way there's competition everywhere-both within the top 10 and among the associates- and we still would have only two weak (but now battle-hardened) teams. Also, ICC will see an increase in the significance of their currently purposeless ranking system, where no team wants to drop below 8. I was really looking forward to seeing Ireland and Afghanistan in the next World Cup..

  • POSTED BY cricket2011 on | April 7, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Create a New Cricket board with 95 nations. And make a real WORLD CUP.

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | April 7, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    @Rakesh_Sharma, what is your problem? You don't like BD..that's fine. But don't just say base less stuff. Are you angry with BD because BD beat India in 2007?

  • POSTED BY Abbas_Quereshi on | April 7, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    lol. bangladesh have 16 cores cricket fan. how many people watching cricket in ur country u fool. better improve ur cricketing skill and participate in 2019 WC. enough of meaningless WC match.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    I do not support the idea of 10 team world cup.But ICC trying to protect Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ,that is just a sick minded thinking.I agree associates are improving their game but that only reflect in the performance of Ireland.It is still not the time for associates to think their performance is closer to the bottom 2 teams.Bangladesh is just lacking the consistency,but if you want to question their ability then you just do not have any idea about Bangladesh cricket or you do not even know what is cricket.Saying something just to say is not going to do any good to these associates,think the right way.Good Luck

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478

    support scotland, netherlands, ireland, bermuda afganistan the future nations of cricket icc have made a decision that could ruin the whole future of growth of the game of cricket

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    At least make way for Ireland removing Bangladesh ... What did Bangladesh do in this tournament despite playing every game in their backyard? Yes wins against England, Ireland and Netherlands but they were thoroughly humiliated at the hands of India, South Africa and West Indies! Come on a qualifier to decide the last two spots for the next tournament its not such a big deal to have one that is all these poor blokes are asking for?

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    I think it is about time that cricket should be given a fair amount attention at the club level, just like football. There are a whole lot of exciting players in countries like Ireland and Scotland who can give the recognized players a run for their buck; recognized teams like Australia, India and Pakistan have many exciting players who are missing the spotlight because they cannot make the 11 men team. The IPL is a grand example of how many exciting players we are missing out because cricket is only focused at international level. Ireland have shown immense promise in this WC and the one before and there is absolutely no way they can improve if they are not allowed to compete at the top level. ICC have always been backdated when it comes to modernization; otherwise it wouldnt take until now to introduce the UDRS system. I think club cricket should be played internationally like the Football Champions league in 50 overs format where the clubs can swap international players.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    this is weird to see that ICC keep out their associate members from WC. why they don't follow the procedure of FIFA. Every members have to play continent wise qualifying round to participate on WC. ICC always looking at the best interest of their powerful members. They never give chances associate members to rise up.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    If the world cannot participate, it's not a worldcup

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL Street 69, Dubai Sports City Emirates Road Dubai, UAE PO Box 500 070 Dubai, UAE.

    Phone: +971 4 382 8800 Fax: +971 4 382 8600 enquiry@icc-cricket.com

    Phone, fax, email or write your disgust people, the only way we will get this overturned is by a massive show of numbers, the ICC can not possibly continue with this if there is appeals from all corners!

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 7, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    It's funny to see all the India bashing in the comments section. It's further proof that India is truly on top of the cricket world. I love having the bragging rights. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    the main reason is to kill international cricket and let IPL prosper..nothing else....its all money game now

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    we should all get together and protest against it..what say? being an indian, happy about indias achievment, but i think a true champions doesn't fear of any team... as far as "minnows" are concerned, i guess all the teams were once minnows... so the ICC, BCCI, CA, PCA, CSA and all the other ones whsould open their eyes and be fair to this game!! one love

  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | April 6, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    I think the whole issue here is MONEY and with the 2015 world cup being in Australia and New zealand the ICC is trying to cash in as much as they can especially considering the fact that in New zealand especially crowd turn outs are very poor. Whether they admit it or not the ICC and the game of cricket is losing money in all forms and this just seems likes a desperate attempt by the administration to stop the slide. Most of the neutral games in this just concluded world cup in India was not at all impressive in terms of crowd turn out even the games that involved test playing nations so I guess this is their way of trying to remedy the issue. This however Its very sad not just for the teams that have been left out but for the game of cricket as a whole especially considering the fact that teams like Ireland and Holland were really exciting to watch and look very promising. The thing that the game of cricket is lacking is PASSION and that is what the ICC needs to find a way to nuture.

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | April 6, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    It may be seen to be protecting Bangladesh & Zimbabwe but it could also be protecting West Indies since they are definitely not at the standard required to be at this level. Whatever the reason the decision is a disgrace to cricket and the ICC. There should be a protest from the playing countries against this decision. But money will talk and shut up any possibility of protest.

  • POSTED BY Jonah58 on | April 6, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    @Donda yeah associates have done nothing big in world cups, except set highest successful runchase (against a Full Member) set fastest ever century and that is only in 2011 before then Kenya reached a semi final, Bangladesh as an associate beat full members, so did Sri Lanka so did Zimbabwe 2007 Ireland beat Pakistan and Bangladesh and drew with Zimbabwe. Maybe you should learn something about cricket?

    All of which proves this decision is a farce if ICC can set up qualifying for 2019 why not for 2015? Oh yeah because by then the best associates will all have been destroyed and China may be ready to take part!

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | April 6, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    I cannot believe, after the performance of Ireland in particular, that some people are still questioning the rights of Associates to perform in the world cup. One point I would like to make is that Sri Lanka used to be an Associate, now they are one of the leading cricket teams in all forms of the game. Also, would the I.C.C. be making this decision if the U.S.A had been in the last world cup. No! All the I.C.C. want is money, and if that means the sport has to suffer, so be it.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    nonsense! the icc has done a commendable job in keeping the participation of the second tier nations in check until after the next world cup. The notion that such a move serves only to stunt the growth of these associates is quite frankly rediculous more so is the insinuation that it is to protect the so called weaker test nations. bangladesh maybe but certainly not west indies or zimbabwe , zimbabwe least so becos , they played in the associates league and showed even when they were weakest that they were still bettter than them. What would this world cup have become if by luck , and against the odds on a bad day the weaker teams had made it through at the expense of the more solid nations, think long term , damn it! i will pay gladly to watch aus eng sa windies sr india pak zim nz ... but not a penny to watch ire -in spite of Obrien or ned - in spite of tendo, i wouldnt part with my money to watch afghanistan or the usa ..thank god i don have to-wc 2019 is all but doomed methinks!

  • POSTED BY Swampy5 on | April 6, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    @donda - apart from 1975 and 1987, an associate nation has beat a full member nation in the world cup - that's 8 'flukes' in 10 tournaments. Also, the fans and players in the associate nations deserve to see their team qualify and play for the world cup. The games aren't 'boring' to them and they don't deserve to be treated like second class citizens. Scotland are taking the wrong approach - a 10 team comp with qualifying for the last 2 sports will never happen, because the full member nations will never agree to a process which may result in them missing out on the world cup. The fight must be to have a 14 team competition again.

  • POSTED BY NikhilDXB on | April 6, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    If Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are a cut above the associates, surely they should not feel a qualifying tournament would be a hurdle to them? My gut tells me that Ireland would pip one of them...It's ironic that Bangladesh getting test status seems to be a nail in the coffin for the other associates. Sad to see such bullying after possibly the best overall associate performance in a world cup (not just Ireland, but all the teams looked professional)

    @Dipankar there is no way Pakistan would be in the bottom 4...anyhow even the West Indies are a different class to the associate teams too, only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have been tenuous.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    @donda its a shame tht t20 is the future of cricket but im afraid ur rite

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    i think only 8 top teams on the basis of their ranking should be selected and the last 2 teams which in most cases would be Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should play in the qualifying round with others associates members. Select the 2 finalist whoever they are.

  • POSTED BY cyrus86 on | April 6, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Mr. Sarkar,

    I like your idea, but please don't insult PAKISTAN and WI by including them in a world-cup qualifying tournament.

  • POSTED BY Farhad-Shamsi on | April 6, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    This ICC decision is a bad one. Only way Associates will improve is to play with the Big Boys. Cricket WC should have 15 teams in 3 Groups, or 16 teams in 4 Groups. Include Afghanistan, Bermuda, etc. There should be 3 to 4 games per day in round robin phase as in FIFA WC. That way WC will be over in 30 days. Only way to make Cricket popular is to encourage as much participation as possible.

  • POSTED BY Foxswoop on | April 6, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    How can it even be called a world cup when the majority of the world are not even allowed to try and qualify for it? The ICC are an empty vessel who are way behind the times.

  • POSTED BY mesumon on | April 6, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    why 10 teams. just arrange against 2 teams like rank 1 against rank 2 as a world cup. ICC lost there mind. my country will play next 2015 ten teams cricket match but i will not enjoy that match because that's not a world cup. cricket will be drop down only for few brainless people. what's about the cricket globalization! ICC closing this way. Look at the FIFA, learn from them, they are not stop match between Brazil vs China. Because, they want to present World cup Football for all fun's. "If you want to save the cricket just arrange world cup for 12 to 14 teams, other wise it will proves that ICC haven't brain only Stone Head". I am a Bangladeshi but i am with ICC associate member.

  • POSTED BY ManHOOS on | April 6, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    @depankar include india also in your list or take ur stupid idea with u

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | April 6, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Number of teams does not matter, the format is important. It should be like football, every team needs to qualify. That way associates will get the chance to play against top teams and at the same time the world cup will ensure the participation of qualified teams only. ICC is not actually protecting Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, they are just maximizing the participation of India, England and Australia, which will earn more money.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | April 6, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    A round robin league of 10 teams competinng against each other for top 4 spots will not shorten the length of the tourney. And in fact, will still have some meaningless games too. All this, while also restricting the game to the top10 countries! I didn't see anything wrong with the current group format with 4 assoc.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    there should be a qualifying round comprising of the top 4 associate nations(IRELAND,NETHERLANDS,CANADA, AND MAYBE AFGANISTAN) and the bottom 4 test playing nations (BANGLADESH,ZIMBABWE,WEST INDIES AND MAYBE PAKISTAN).. THE FINALISTS OF THE EVENT should be included in the main world cup.. That would reduce the no.of playing nations to 8..and it will also reduce the span of time .. and ensure it remains competitive..

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    A mini WC, with the top two teams getting into the WC is a good idea.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    I like clay smiths idea.... They should have something called Associate World Cup where they can select the top 2-4 nations and send them on the path to World Cup.... That would be truly called A World Cup and it would be a title that would give recognition to the Associates...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Include all the team and spoil your world cups. We already had a match a week and there were already complaints about the scheduling.

    But I am not denying everybody should be given an opportunity. If you are worth it come and play with us. I can not understand why there is no tournament as a world cup qualifier? Why ICC why?

  • POSTED BY donda on | April 6, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Come on. Associates should play T2020 only, its the future of the game and 16 teams are good enough to play T2020. I feel nothing bad for associates. because they did nothing big in WC history to be asked to play again and again boring games. In my opinion 8 top teams should qualify and 2 should be selected on the basis of performance but its not gona happen as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are full members. So good by to boring associates and please play T2020 and earn respect. I know Kenya went into Semi finals but because no country played matches in Kenya. It was not a great achievement by Kenya, it was fluke.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Commentator on | April 6, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    It's pitty up on ICC only 10 teams for a worldcup.How can u spread cricket all over the world

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    I loves cricket very much & want to expand it's growth in all over the world, share the joy of cricket with all fans. We celebrated 100 yrs. of cricket already, in these 100 yrs. the growth of cricket is only in 10 countries very strange thing!!!...... How & Why? the only answer is because of ICC. Who is this ICC to ban other countries from playing cricket? Who gave this rights? ICC has no right to ban any countries from playing cricket without a proper reason. Am also with Mr. Clay Smith How can we call it as a World Cup if there is only 10 teams ? ICC should have give some respect to the word WORLD CUP. It's a big Joke in 2011. If they are proceeding with way why the associate teams can make an another panel called World Cricket Council with the help of our Great Hero Mr. Kapil Dev & Team. I hate ICC because of stopping ICL Tournment. The T20 idea was established through ICL first. They destroyed the ICL first now want to do the same with associate teams.... Long Live Cricket.....

  • POSTED BY Charindra on | April 6, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    have a qualifying event! simple as that! ICC is too money minded. Or maybe too India-minded!

  • POSTED BY realredbaron on | April 6, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Roddy Smith has gone insane.How can a sane person compare cricket in Bangladesh with the game in Scotland!The highest contribution of Scotland to the cricketing world is an intl' umpire,someone whose name has escaped my memory for the time being.Scotland falls within U.K. and had the advantage of popularizing cricket for over a century.Yet they have completely failed to establish cricket as one of the premier sports in the country.While in Bangladesh cricket has grown from nowhere to the national sport in last 20 years.This speaks about the prospect of cricket in Bangladesh.B'desh U19 have beaten England U19 in England and in Bangladesh during last few years.Bangladesh'll become one of the top 5 countries in test arena in next 10 years.Scotland have no prospect of that sort.In fact,they even failed to qualify ahead of Netherlands,kenya,Ireland & Canada.Roddy should concentrate on his job rather than calling names and ranting in the media on Bangladesh, who are much better than Scotland

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | April 6, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Simple solution. Increase the number of teams to 12 and have the two finalists from the associates championship. This will increase the competition among associates. Throw in the concept of demotion (if full members come in the last two places), then it will get even more hotter...competition wise. Just think about the gaga it would generate if Bangladesh has to win against Ireland, to stay as full member (or India/Pak/Zim/Eng/WI for that matter).

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Why single out Bangladesh and ZM when it is ICC taking all these decisions? its even foolish to think that ICC Is taking decision as such magnitude to protect Bangladesh. ICC do not take any decision to favor any other nations but India, Australia, and England. I would like at least two Associate nations (not more) to play in WC along with the 10 Permanent members. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe had to wrok hard and show improvement to EARN the test status. After India Bangladesh has the most fans that follows cricket and Bangladesh is the most passionate country among all. Bangladesh is becoming a huge market for ICC after India and England

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | April 6, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    If crowd support and passion is the reason for Bangladesh being Test and in world cup( invitational) ,than India must be invited for each and every FIFA WC. India has more football fans during World cup footbal than the entire europeanfootball fans taken together.But there is a qualifier for some reasonable spots. Not in cricket.Greedy game only for money.

  • POSTED BY Thisismyopinion on | April 6, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    For all the complaining India does of not being treated fairly by developed countries when those countries were controlling, India has clearly shown it is no different. This happens at the UN and it happens in Cricket...It's all about power and money - maybe Bangladesh is a better market than Scotland...and has more support from Cricket's power center - the subcontinent.

    About the format, why can't there be one standard format - why have different formats everytime, it's ridiculous. Look at the NBA, NFL, MLB, NCAA basketball etc - it's one consistent format every year. It's hard to plan, prepare and compete when the format keeps changing. The best 4 teams didn't reach the semis anyway...

    Who has the time for ODI cricket anyway, only reason it is suddenly interesting again is because India won the WC...give it a couple of years - futuresight will all be 20-20...

  • POSTED BY Elavaras on | April 6, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    why not these 95 countries join and form a separate cricket governing council and leave these top 10 teams out of the world????

  • POSTED BY abhi_dns on | April 6, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Icc champions trophy 2015. World cup is a past.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Yes as suggested above we should have a mini world cup of associates and select the best 4 teams, when foot ball can have 30 odd teams for world cup , why not cricket. Let us not kill spirit of these nations.Also from 14 format like in previous world cup in 2007 can be devised , so that the best come to semis, and luck plays no role

  • POSTED BY cric_lavuh on | April 6, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    I agree with the 'minnows'. This reminds me the so called 'UN' security council.. permanent members. :) If you want a true competition, open it up for every one... and then the best will rise to the top. Are you scared of losing your titles? I do understand that the logistics are huge to pull off something like this... but hey... that is a logistics problem.. its like saying it too hard to give birth to a child so lets just abort it...eventually there will be no "future" . C'mon..this is what we want.. the rise of cricket as a sport ..world wide..and when ppl are ready to embrace it..who is the ICC to curb the spread? Be open... let the best rise to the top...

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | April 6, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    I bet if it was the USA and China who were the leading associates rather than Ireland and Afghanistan, the WC2015 format would without any shadow of a doubt be expanded to include them. Disgraceful stuff from the ICC.

  • POSTED BY AjishKoshy on | April 6, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    The ICC should be looking at finding a solution for the length of the tournament and not the number of teams participating. It is really difficult to call an event a 'World Cup' when 90 per cent of the countries which play the game are denied entry. Let there be 16 teams and let it be a straight knockout from beginning to end. Eight top teams, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and six Associate nations. The format should be such that the two top ranked teams have every chance of meeting in the final. The whole event would be over in a couple of weeks and it would be a lot tighter than what just transpired. There will be no meaningless matches because every one would be a knock out. If India or one of the major teams is knocked out, so be it. But I doubt it would happen too often because teams are not likely to take any match lightly. It is high time the administrators started giving more importance to spreading the game rather than just finance

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | April 6, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    If there is a qualifying round then Zimbabwe has ZERO chance of qualifying ahead of Ireland. That's the most stupid part of ICC's decision. If they want to have 10 teams in the world cup, then why not at least give teams like Ireland to qualify by playing against Zimbabwe. Ireland has always been ahead of Zimbabwe in the ODI rankings over the last 4 years.

  • POSTED BY ZSBD on | April 6, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    It is a nonsense decision from ICC!!! At the same time, it is not right that 'Main reason is to protect Bangladesh and Zimbabwe'!!! Those who are shouting should come up with a ICC ranking leader. should beat a full member in consecutive matches ... not only in their own arena but as guests also, then thy can say "the bottom Full Members, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and even West Indies are not a million miles ahead of the leading second tier countries". These criticized countries have done it many times!!!

  • POSTED BY css2011 on | April 6, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    India, SL were minnows before they won the world cup. So ICC should not forget this to protect the 10 member teams. It is really a shame on part of ICC. This all due to fear induced by minnows at the world cups. Great job by the associate nations who proved that they can match member teams in a highly competitive tournament like world cup. Instead of expanding to have 16 member teams, ICC went back to 10 teams. We have to see more cricket to be played by the associate nations which will bring faith in the people of the nation and take cricket as a serious sport. Now what ICC did is made cricket sportsmen from the associate nations to forgot about their dreams of taking cricket as a serious business. Now how can it expect the associate nations to be competitive in 2019 world cup when they have killed the enthusiasm among the cricketers from the associate nations? Really ICC have to reconsider its decision before all the associate nations give up cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    While I fully support the inclusion of performing countries such as the Netherlands and MOST DEFINITELY Ireland, I see not why hideously under-performing teams such as Scotland and Kenya should be included. Also, the better watch what they are saying, both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are MILES ahead of them and West Indies can rid them of any semblance of remaining confidence that they have left.

    The only team who could worthily say anything about this is Ireland, closely followed by the Netherlands and Canada...the rest are just pure farce!

  • POSTED BY cricfan2007 on | April 6, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    I think not giving associate members a chance to compete in 2015 world cup is totally wrong. If they want to try a different one from 2019, then why not continue with the current format until then. Why a sudden change in 2015? Two proposals: 1. For 2015, keep the current format 2. For 2019 onwards, WC for 12 teams. Top 6 teams in ICC ranking will go straight to WC. The bottom 4 and top 4 Associate nation will compete for the last 6 slots. This will provide competitive environment for associates and also ensure that at least 2 of them are in the world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    It's like the UN. All setup for the influential countries to have the final word. Cricket will remain a "minor" sport in the global stage as long as this attitude of the ICC remains.

    Not to have a qualifying event is not "democratic". Now, some will argue that this shouldn't be a democratic process, but every other sport that has a "real" world championship (unlike the major US sports).

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | April 6, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    The last two nations in the ICC ranking of 10 full nations (ie Bangladesh & Zimbabwe) should compete with top two associate nations for the two spots in the WC event.

  • POSTED BY hulk777 on | April 6, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    ICC should only make the teams Qualified for Quaterfinals or TOP 8 teams to automatically qualify for Worldcup. The other teams should play with the associate regularly and win a prequalifying tournament before the world cup. A good format is to select the 2 low ranked full member team with 4 associates to play 6 member tournament 2 rounds and SF/Final. ICC can have other tournaments to select the 4 associates from a pool. By this way it will be a gradual progress. Also If an associate is Qualified to play the WC Qualifying with the 2 member, ICC should take steps to ask other full members to play few matches outside worldcup with them. Therefore Ireland, Bangladesh, Zim, Kenya, Netherlands should play frequently in next 2 years along with 2-3 matches with IND/PAK/AUS/ENG/SA. Cant a full member play 10% of there matches with associates?

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | April 6, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    What are the associates complaining about? They already have other tournaments. I agree with ICC that only full members should play in the WC. Last few WCs including the recent ne have been boring because of the drastic diffrences between some teams.

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | April 6, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    The World cup is and should be a showcase for the brightest talent and a competition to scale the pinnacle of glory. Participation in the World Cup should be a rite of passage not a crumb of charity. Most associates are associates because Cricket as a sport, does not rank in popularity charts in there and hence talent is thin. Cricket is a difficult sport to understand and play (as opposed to the simplicity of say Soccer and Basketball). Among modern sports its prolonged play makes it even harder to endear to younger generations. Even in nations neighboring England, it has been an afterthought for over 150 years. A mere participation in the World Cup is not going to change that any time soon. Fact is, except for the handful who play, most people in those countries could care`less. By denying entry into the World Cup, it is not like the ICC shattered a cherished dream of people in those countries.

  • POSTED BY abhi_dns on | April 6, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Champions Trophy has been eased out of the cricket calendar. Time to re-christian world cup by that name. "icc champions trophy 2015". After all, don't find any reason to include the word "world" in it.

  • POSTED BY fredwho on | April 6, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    this is the beginning of the death of cricket around the rest of the world!! the "big" countries don't really want to let the smaller ones in on the cake. they can play their cricket, we'll turn to soccer, basketball and others, and let the cricket grounds rot!!! as for their "stars" who cares about them! we have soccer and basketball!! enjoy your big money test cricket nations!!! bye bye cricket!!

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | April 6, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    I totally support the ICC's decision to ditch the Associate members from the next WC. Hopefully they will complete the deal by making it a round robin tournament as in 1992, the best WC of all. Every game was worth watching as it had relevance, compared to recent WC's where up to 3/7 of the group games are a complete waste of space-hardly a fair return for the rare event of a minnows win. Ireland may have a vague case but Scotland and more certainly Bermuda whose inclusion in 2007 was notable only for the size of one of its bowlers. Derisive performances over 5 tournaments deserve one fate only- the boot. Well done ICC!! common sense is good sense generally.

  • POSTED BY Mebin on | April 6, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    this is good move by ICC, this will improve the quality of all matches in WC2015, if ICC wants to add associate teams for 2019, then it should be mimimise as 2 countries

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Bangaldesh's under 16 team is enough for teams like Canada,Scotland n Bermuda.But I think ICC should take associate countries in World cup.

  • POSTED BY rajatgupta_indianfan on | April 6, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Ireland, let alone Bangladesh, din't seem to be too far behind teams like New Zealand or West Indies.With just a bit of luck they could have been playing quarterfinals. Nonetheless the key point is that the world cup to start with should have atleast 12 teams (case of hockey in point). Secondly, whether you have 10 or 12 teams, the last 2/4 teams should logically be chosen through a qualifying round. The last 3 of ICC ranked teams and top 3 of other Associate nations to play a tournament an year before the actual world cup to decide the 2/4 teams to qualify would have been a much better, logical, transparent and ethical idea. It appears that the reasons for chopping the associate nations is beyond cricket here.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    We are far more better side now !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    the competition should be called as "best of 10" now, very unfair with the Associates...

  • POSTED BY Amit_4_Sachin on | April 6, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    The decision is surely harsh on Ireland, which I feel, are better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Would had been better if then had 12 teams for the event.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 6, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Ireland is ranked higher than Zimbabwe in ODIs, so what was the rationale in picking Zim over Ireland! If ICC feels that Bangla and Zim must be included for financial reasons, atleast extend the format to 12 teams and have the other teams compete for the two remaining spots. It's not that difficult! If it has to be a 10 team format, then the smaller teams should be allowed to compete with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe for the 9th and 10th spots.

  • POSTED BY Itteza on | April 6, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    A new ICC of minnows WC2015 will held participating countries are Afghanistan,Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Canada, Bermuda, Bahrain, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Qatar, Nepal, USA, Mexico and Russia. This will be biggest. LOL

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | April 6, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Why is 1992 format best. In world cups no team plays each and every team . This is insane. Infact in 1992 PAkistan's performance was the worst for 70% of the games and still won it. This itself shows the flaws. I find super six format ok. otherwise two groups of 6 teams with round robin. Top two teams from each group in semis. Quarter final concept is useless for cricket. I can predict quarter finalist for 2015 today itself. The league matchesbecome irrelevant with Qf in cricket. For Qf you must have more than 24 strong teams. Just having SF will keep relevance for all matches . Main thing is there must be minimum two games per day. the Wc must finish within 3 weeks by having 2 games per day. Also onesided matches will get enough cover and not overexposed. Best is 12 teams with two groups.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Even the Champions had a tough game with ireland.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | April 6, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    12 teams . Chance for best two associates . 4 is not the correct number. Divide them into two groups of 6. Round robin league in each group. Top 2 goes for semifinal.No so called quarter finals in cricket as there are 8 strong teams and everyone can predict 8 quarter finalists. Quarter final format makes leaugue stage irrelevant and only a place for odd upsets. Bythe way Bangladesh is also a minnow whichhas been given full member status for political purpose by India. Ireland is more systematic and a better team than either Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe was good earlier before player boycott. Bangladesh players are developed not in domestic but in international games. The players start at age 15 and by the time they are 22 they already have played 60 to 70 matches and use this experience of getting thrashed.Especially under Australian condition BANGLADESH is sure to loose all matches as there NZwill be very strong and they will have no weak teamm to get consolation win

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Minnows should get genuine and important games so that major teams could not take the risk of dropping their star players. Also revenue should be generated from such countries as well by advertising the sport in those countries.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | April 6, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    The other 95 nations should break away and form another cricket control board. Let that board organize a real world cup and leave the ICC 10 aside.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Humzalli s 100 % right.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Atleast Ireland, Canada and Dutch should be allowed to participate or have a mini world cup for associate nations...Ireland is far much better than Zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Completely crap from ICC... I wonder whether minnows can go to the court of arbitration... because this is complete injustice to the minnows...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    ICC decision is good but atleast they should have made a place for Ireland...Ireland is right up there with West Indies, Bangladesh & Zimbabwe...As an Indian fan i wish them Ireland all the best !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    I don't think Bangladesh stays at same place as Zimbabwe right now. People put Bangladesh as they were some years ago. But there's a (somewhat huge) difference between a team who whitewashed a semi-finalist (NZ) few months ago than Zimbabwe.

    But what they did to Associates was horrible. If I was them...I would kick out from ICC and make things fuzy in some point.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Wonder they compare themselves to West Indies.Sheer arrogance of europeans.Point to ur success and pluses not others weakness.Anyway there should be some sort of qualification in terms of onfield play nd not on the basis of membership status.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    This s ridiculous. Ireland has become a favourite team now. ICC seems to avoid a team's growth. Maybe England and Pakistan are seeking revenge in this way. Because they know what Irish players are.

  • POSTED BY remnant on | April 6, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    The 10 nation format is good and the last two or three can be open to qualification. The qualifying process should have playoff between the last two ranked countries with the associates.

    But under no circumstances should the world cup be 2months long with fans waiting for the 1st month of boring matches to conclude all the while.

    The 1992 format of every nation playing another and top 4 going inot semis is the best format allowing teams to come back as well.

    The ICC should focus more on quality rather than quantity of teams. The WC is not a platform for cricket's promotion among the have nots, but an event to determine the best among the best. Let the ICC devise other tournaments with visibility to highlight the associate nations progress.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    just keep a qualifying round for the last three position out of the 10 teams

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    The role of ICC is to promote Cricket. If they will not give any chance to any associate, than their liking for the game will almost be zero. May be nation like Canada and Kenya, would never be seen in WC. In the modern time, where football is being played by 32 countries in WC and sports like cricket would be played only by 10 nations. If on similar terms FIFA also applies rule of ICC with their game. Our hope to see India playing against Brazil in world cup will be all shattered. We Indian know that we are not going to win against Brazil in soccer. Similar way they just come to represent their countries. Now Cricket is played almost in all countries, Nepal, US, China, Indonesia, UAE, and thousand others. What will be the future of cricket in these countries with ICC's decision. Any expert, please comment on it. In my personal opinion WC must have atleast 12 nations. Where all associates all over the world must play amongst themselves, and top 4 of all would play in ICC WC.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    "But the main reason is to protect Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who aren't too much better than the likes of Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan or Kenya etc."

    I'm not appreciated with this. Cause, Bangladeshi cricket has been developed day by day. In the world cup, they have won three matches within six including England. And prior to the world cup, they won 4 matches out of 4. And Bangladesh now at the position no 8 where Westindies is in no 9. So it is clear that Bangladesh is now at the better position of world cricket. So, I'm not appreciated with this.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    We also Criticise ICC for this declaration but it is really unacccepted Statement from Cricket Scotland chief Roddy Smith !!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    I agree. there should be max 10 - 12 teams and the best one not the one who think its their birthright. Ireland is better ranked than Zim who are pathetic as are Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    I totally agree that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe aren't much better than the likes of Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Canada, Afghanistan or Kenya etc. I suggest there should be a 8 team (i.e. Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and top 6 associate teams) qualification tournament for 2015 world cup. There is enough time to hold this tournament until the next WC. ICC have no norms these days. Money is there only norm. The main reason behind this decision is to do with the commercial value and TV rights of the competition.

  • POSTED BY Params7 on | April 6, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    QUICK. All those 95 nations, break off from ICC and create your own cricket ruling organization. It may not be accepted by Test nations, but AT LEAST you'll be playing and spreading cricket in newer regions and this has potential to be more powerful than ICC/BCCI 20 years from now. Then you can buyout ICC! :D

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Since Sarhad Pawar and Haroon Logat are incharge of ICC, it has turned into a regressive organization. Instead of eliminating Associates, ICC should have mandated that top 10 Teams must visit any 2 Associates in next 4 years. Just imagine people of The Netherlands seeing greats like Sachin, Dhoni, Ponting, Smith, Kallis etc. It would raise the interest level from grounds up. I believe that both Sarhad Pawar and Haroon are more into having an impact rather seeking prudent advise. Their decisions border on being retarded. Neither of them are visionary people, they are just administrators. It is regretful that people with little imagination reach that level. They are absolutely bad for the game of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY andrew.henshaw on | April 6, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    There is not one single reason why there should not be a qualification tournament to the 2015 World Cup. Please ICC, try to come up with at least one.

  • POSTED BY Windia1234 on | April 6, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    The 95 associate members should simply quit ICC en masse, take a chill pill. They shud forget cricket altogether. As it is, cricket is a 10-nation game and not an Olympic sport. Real sporting glory is winning Olympic medals in the comity of 150 nations. These associate nations-Kenya, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands etc are already doing well in Olympics. There is no need for them to take this 10-nation sport seriously.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Forgive surely what does Bermuda and Scotland have to say about the matter. They have been saved embarassment and should be greatful.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    To Protect Bangladesh? What a Joke!!!!! These associated are far behind from Bangladesh. Scotland win win over Test Country 0, Bermuda 0 and Ireland 5. So Is it enough to compare with Bangladesh? Roddy SMITH I am asking you one question... What u have in Cricket? Just Few professional player who are brought from England. No Registered players, no first class cricket structure, no Cricket league, not more than 40 or 50 cricket player even 90% people doesn't know whats Cricket. May be A Sunday Cricket league In IRELAND. Your Cricket totally depended on England's county league. IN other hand in Bangladesh have a well Known cricket history. Bangladesh have first class cricket structure, first class cricket league, divisional league and professional premier league. Bangladesh all ready beat all Test Playing nations for many times. Ban white washed the New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Ireland. More than 45000 registered player are playing around the country. So don't be compare with Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    The ICC is using Test Status/Rankings to determine qualification for an ODI World Cup. Talk about hight of stupidity.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | April 6, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    All associate members should call a meeting and make a body of there own to fight for their rights. They should cut their relations with ICC until their demands are met. More matches with full members, more money to associates, 12 member WC and so on. Show your steel and u will get it. Otherwise Lorgat will finish it all. IT IS TIME TO ACT.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    "What they should do is have a mini World Cup with the Associate teams and at least have the two finalists be given a path to the World Cup." - Valid point... Its high time that ICC should reconsider the decision else Cricket popularity will get reduced in other parts of the World.

  • POSTED BY sundarsoumya on | April 6, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    I dont remember Bangladesh and Zimbabwe playing semifinal, but I do remember Kenya on 2003.

  • POSTED BY Viper2.0 on | April 6, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Why doesn't ICC go along with the same format that worked wonders in this 2011 World Cup?

  • POSTED BY sundarsoumya on | April 6, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    I think Zimbabwe and Bangladesh should at least be tested. Soccer/ Football WC does not even allow defending champions to qualify without qualification rounds. Cricket should at least allow some fair competition. If the test cricket standard is considered, Bangladesh does not qualify as test playing nation, Zimbabwe is no longer the force it used to be.

  • POSTED BY Fareen on | April 6, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    At least Scotland and Bermuda don't have the rights to say anything about Bangladesh and Zimbabwe..Can you tell me exactly WHAT they did to say this against teams which has beaten Australia South Africa England India etc etc in the WC? If any associate deserves to be there in the WC,they're Netherlands Ireland and most probably Afghanistan as they're vast improving.Bermuda was awful in the 2007 WC and Scotland,well..when's the last time they've won a big match??? Do something yourself,and then talk about others....

  • POSTED BY wizzla on | April 6, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    In all of this i ask myself one question, HOW CAN CRICKET GROW with decisions like this?? as a kid i dream of becoming a pilot now am in pilot school they tell me am too short or too black to be a pilot after completing and topping my class. Though an analogy its somewhat similar to the ICC's decision, they are not allowing the associates to dream.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    I am a bangladeshi and i strongly oppose The icc's decision 2 not let the associates participate in the WC. However is it really necessary for the associates 2 throw dirt at us.......i mean do they seriously think that Bangladesh should feel insecured because of them.....Even ireland have been whitewashed in all but 1 series against us and they are the best of the lot....Afghanistan national team lost to our A team in the Asian games final....i am not gonna say anything about bermuda LOL..... Yes we lost to ireland years back but that doesnt mean they are better then us....we beat India so does that mean they are weaker then us? all of these are hollow words....again i will say that ICC is a moron 2 make such a rash decision.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | April 6, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    "mini world cup" suggestion is a fantastic idea. There just has to be at least 12 teams. Listen you big shots up in ICC, these guys aren't begging you to give them a spot, they want to fight for it. I think they more than deserve it.

  • POSTED BY Game_controller on | April 6, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    All minnow countries - let us start World Cricket Council (also WCC) and leave out ICC. We can plan and think of improving cricket in the nations other than 10 countries listed in ICC. We can have our own world cup for ODI and T20. If these bunch of jokers doesn't want us then why we should care.

  • POSTED BY Vinod on | April 6, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    ICC must allow minnows to World Cup... may be path going forward would be is to have a mini world cup for the associate countries and 2 finalists qualifying to the main world cup....

  • POSTED BY jashan83 on | April 6, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Rightly said. With some exposure teams like Ireland, Afghanistan and Netherlands could easily have started to defeat the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Last year Bd visited Ire and Neth. They lost 1-0 to Neth and drew 1-1 to Ireland. Not much difference between these 5 teams. The 2 are just Test teams

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I have no objection if the 2015 world cup consists of 10 teams as it will increase the competition among the teams. But ICC shouldn't ignore the performance of Ireland, Canada and some other associate countries. ICC should organize a Qualifier Tournament where the bottom 3 teams in ICC Ranking have to compete with the associates for a place in the final 10. Westindies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe had a poor recent one day record. If they are really interested to be part of the World cup finals they must prove it. This Qualifier Tournament will also give a chance to the associates to prove their qualification in the field of professional cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    True, Certainly, Like Football, there should a qualifying event to decide at least 4 other countries (except 10 nations) get a better chance to proove themselves. The idea of Mini World Cup sounds good as well!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Very Good suggestion from Clay Smith, Excellent idea Mini World Cup.

  • POSTED BY stevedd on | April 6, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    even if it is 10 member world cup, i think the icc should take ireland in place of bangladesh and continue with netherland in place of zimbabwe, because bangladesh and zimbabwe are good for nothing!!! icc my suggestion is to control the ODI's and let every country play only 10 ODI's per year so no players are tired and let the format of 16 or ven 18 continue in this way cricket will spread across the world and will not limit to few countries, people will stop playing or watching if they know there is no more space for their country to qualify!!!! wake up Mr. MALCOLM SPEED (DO NOT LIMIT YOUR VIEWS)

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | April 6, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    The fact is, the world cup has suffered horribly from too many one sided walkovers. I keep hearing about Ireland beating England but let's be honest, 99 times out of 100 England go on to win that game when Ireland are 5 down and 200 runs behind with only half the overs left.

    Practically every other associate match was pointless as a spectacle, and the presence of them in the group stages rendered the groups pointless. Only England kept it intersting, "well it was closer than normal" games just don't cut it.

    To improve standards in their own countries, they need to invest in it, not just turn up and get hammered every 4 years. Enough of having the prestige of the world cup tarnished just for the sake of experimentation

  • POSTED BY Humzaali on | April 6, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Why call it a WORLD cup when the other countries are not even given a chance??

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Oh yea! Can Bermuda play cricket? I am so surprised .

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    The icc makes me sick. but the associates are handling this correctly. they can't let this decision go through.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    yes, the idea of mini worldcup between associates and take the 4 teams... play them with the last 2 of 10. Find the best 2 among the six... send them :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    ICC decision to get 10 teams is 1 way good. It can be a format followed in 1992 WC where each team play against each other and top 4 in semi. This will avoid people comparing the groups and luck fav some of the teams to enter QF.

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  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Why don't ALL cricketing countries do what the soccer(football) countries do an have friendlies too see who is best have 3 games in each country for example Aus vs Zim play 3 games in Oz then 3 games in Zim or in neutral countries this method will need work to make it worthwhile but there is 10 official test playing nations to work it out

  • POSTED BY Masha-w on | April 9, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Nicely said! If you are against ICC's decision to limit the next world cup to just the ten full member nations go to: Allow Associate Nations to play in Cricket World Cup on Facebook and voice your opinion. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Allow-Associate-Nations-to-play-in-Cricket-World-Cup-2015/139928489408621#!/pages/Allow-Associate-Nations-to-play-in-Cricket-World-Cup-2015/139928489408621?sk=wall

  • POSTED BY Monjur_Elahi on | April 9, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Just watch the exciting moments BD is delivering playing against AUS now. Look at the temperament, notice the crowd, notice what the commentators are saying and then perhaps you would keep quiet if you are a negative fan, would appreciate if you are a true cricket lover. Have I ever seen such support from Irish fans? Yes, for football, cricket is a stranded game there.

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    of Course BD id better than ur IRE mr.samedwards........u dont know anything about cricket......U r giving only one example and asking question...u First try to improve ur cricket knowledge and then give ur comments....Ya BD. Will become a good team....Because we have good infrastructure than u....We have different aged team like 14,15,17,19 , Academy team and A team....Who are producing many many cricketers..and WE have world class institution like BKSP Which is producing players like sakib, Razzaq, Mushfiq, Shahdat.....Our players became wisden player of the year in ur Arena......I am so sorry that u haven't much knowledge about cricket....

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Yevghenny@ Ireland beat england after England scored over 320!! West Indies or New Zealand or even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe would of lost but no, Ireland won! And whats more, Ireland almost beat the West Indies, the only reason they didn't was because of Asoka Silva's stupid decision. Ireland have more talent than zimbabwe, look at Dockrell, Porterfield, the O'brian brothers, Stirling, Eoin morgan (if England gave him back). Actually watching the games before commenting!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Please sign the online petition, supporting the associates so we can see them in the next WC!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/wc2015/petition.html

  • POSTED BY Monjur_Elahi on | April 9, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    @samwards - Its not the potentials that BD is building on now, rather structurised approach. There are good replacement for Ashraful ready in line. Pressure is often there for anyone, even South Africa breaks under pressure and they are called the Chokers. IRE has a bunch of aged players to be replaced soon and is there a good structure to replace porterfield, johnston, rankin, o'briens? IRE could not hold back Ed Joyce, Eoin Morgan even when they had the opportunity, simply because there was no future for them. It will be interesting to see where they stand in 5 years time. At least BD hung on and continue to improve. Winning two matches in the World Cup out of six - and loosing almost all the games rest of the year certainly does not prove IRE's worth.

  • POSTED BY samedwards on | April 8, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    @nazmul & monjur,just having the potential doesnt mean that bd will become a good team.look at your own ashraful.whereas irish are more gritty & competitive,while bd crumbles under pressure even after playing top-level cricket for 10 yrs.So tell me now,which is the better team?

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    @Notredam: U've lotta knowledge about Associates but no idea about Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. U talked about winning percentage of Ireland & BD. But ireland won most of matches against Minnows except 4 accidents. How u can compare Irish players with BD or Zim cricketers? None of associate takes much wickets like Razzak or Price with good economy & average. Had associates ever produced No 1 allrounder in ICC ranking like Shakib? Does any associates have good opener like TAMIM of BD or Taylor of Zim? Haven't u seen Test Centuries of Tamim in Lords & Old Trafford against full power English bowling attack? Even Heath Streak & Mashrafi is far ahead 4m Jhonston or Bukhari. Bangladesh & Zim had beaten all big teams for several times in ODI. Last one year BD whitewashed NZ & beat England twice in Away & home. Zim also beat Srilanka, Windies & India last year. So associates have no match with Zim & BD. But i still agree at least best 2 of them should play in WC. WC should contain at least 12 teams.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    World Cup is The Biggest Event in Any Sport, Ment to Play By Nation's Around The World, To Prove Their Mettle At The World's Greatest Stage. Which Undergoes, A Systematic Process of Deciding The Nation's To Play in World Cup Through Qualifying Rounds.Qualifying Matches Ensures & Sets The Field Rocking, Colorful, And a Promising Event With Best Nations(Teams) Around The World Compete Each Other in Game's Spirit Which Guarantees Minimum Entertainment To The Crowd's In And Around The Ground. I Personally Feel Countries Like Ireland, Scotland & Others Must Be Given A Fair Chance To Play in Game's Good Spirit, At The Biggest And Greatest Stage World Cup. Note: Remember, Before Win's of 1983 & 1996, India And Sri Lanka are Considered as Minnow's in Sport. So, Other Minnows Too Deserve A Fair Chance To Play in World Cup's To Prove Themselves. Ultimately, Strongest & Better Played Team Will Win's The Cup. In Deed it Help's in Globalization of Sport(Cricket).

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    ICC decision to get 10 teams is 1 way good. It can be a format followed in 1992 WC where each team play against each other and top 4 in semi. This will avoid people comparing the groups and luck fav some of the teams to enter QF.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    yes, the idea of mini worldcup between associates and take the 4 teams... play them with the last 2 of 10. Find the best 2 among the six... send them :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    The icc makes me sick. but the associates are handling this correctly. they can't let this decision go through.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Oh yea! Can Bermuda play cricket? I am so surprised .

  • POSTED BY Humzaali on | April 6, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Why call it a WORLD cup when the other countries are not even given a chance??

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | April 6, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    The fact is, the world cup has suffered horribly from too many one sided walkovers. I keep hearing about Ireland beating England but let's be honest, 99 times out of 100 England go on to win that game when Ireland are 5 down and 200 runs behind with only half the overs left.

    Practically every other associate match was pointless as a spectacle, and the presence of them in the group stages rendered the groups pointless. Only England kept it intersting, "well it was closer than normal" games just don't cut it.

    To improve standards in their own countries, they need to invest in it, not just turn up and get hammered every 4 years. Enough of having the prestige of the world cup tarnished just for the sake of experimentation

  • POSTED BY stevedd on | April 6, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    even if it is 10 member world cup, i think the icc should take ireland in place of bangladesh and continue with netherland in place of zimbabwe, because bangladesh and zimbabwe are good for nothing!!! icc my suggestion is to control the ODI's and let every country play only 10 ODI's per year so no players are tired and let the format of 16 or ven 18 continue in this way cricket will spread across the world and will not limit to few countries, people will stop playing or watching if they know there is no more space for their country to qualify!!!! wake up Mr. MALCOLM SPEED (DO NOT LIMIT YOUR VIEWS)

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Very Good suggestion from Clay Smith, Excellent idea Mini World Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    True, Certainly, Like Football, there should a qualifying event to decide at least 4 other countries (except 10 nations) get a better chance to proove themselves. The idea of Mini World Cup sounds good as well!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I have no objection if the 2015 world cup consists of 10 teams as it will increase the competition among the teams. But ICC shouldn't ignore the performance of Ireland, Canada and some other associate countries. ICC should organize a Qualifier Tournament where the bottom 3 teams in ICC Ranking have to compete with the associates for a place in the final 10. Westindies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe had a poor recent one day record. If they are really interested to be part of the World cup finals they must prove it. This Qualifier Tournament will also give a chance to the associates to prove their qualification in the field of professional cricket.

World Cup 2015 April 6, 2011

'Main reason is to protect Bangladesh and Zimbabwe'

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Scotland, Canada and Bermuda have joined the condemnation of the ICC's decision to exclude Associates from the 2015 World Cup.

Scotland, who were part of the tournament in 1999 and 2007 and will approach the ICC to reconsider the move. "This has some legs to run yet," Cricket Scotland chief Roddy Smith told BBC Radio Scotland.

"I'm sure the 95 countries ranked below the top 10 will be getting together to talk about what can be done. Can we influence the 10 Full Members to reconsider? It's a long shot but we have to try."

The absence of a qualifying event for 2015 was what upset Scotland the most. "We're not arguing that it shouldn't be a 10-team World Cup," Smith said. "Our biggest concern is that there has to be some sort of qualification event."

Though the Associates have been left out of the 2015 edition, they will participate in the ICC World Twenty20 - where the ICC has made room for 16 teams - and stand a fair chance of playing the 2019 World Cup that, despite being a ten-team tournament, will have a qualifying round.

The most important reason for the ICC's decision, Smith said, was to protect a couple of Full Members who, he felt, weren't too far better than the Associates. "Behind the scenes there are reasons to do with the commercial value and TV rights of the competition. But the main reason is to protect Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who aren't too much better than the likes of Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan or Kenya etc.

"No one would argue that the top countries like Australia and India are far better than the Associate nations. But the bottom Full Members, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and even West Indies are not a million miles ahead of the leading second tier countries."

The expansion of the World Twenty20 to 16 teams was no consolation, Smith added. "That's great but it's only one of the three formats of the game and for most Associate nations it's not the main one. We want to be tested at 50-over cricket."

In the immediate aftermath of its decision, the ICC was slammed by Cricket Ireland and its players on various forums. Ireland had been the stand-out Associate team in the 2011 World Cup and its achievements included a stunning win over England, thanks to a 50-ball century from Kevin O'Brien.

Canada joined the chorus of criticism, with their board saying it was "very disappointed to learn that there would be no qualification process for the 2015". Canada were highlighted by the ICC for being a poor-performing Associate country in the recent World Cup where they lost four of their five games.

Despite disappointing results overall there were flashes of success, such as Hiral Patel's stunning half-century against Australia. Patel, 19, will be denied the opportunity to build on the experience he gained at the next event. "[He] will be closer to the end of his career by the time he gets a chance to compete in the game's marquee event again," Cricket Canada said in statement.

"We have had significant interest and profile generated in Canadian cricket as a result of our participation in the world cup, and this increase in our sport would surely wane if we are not allowed to participate in the world cup for at eight years or more."

Criticism was as strong in Bermuda, another Associate nation that played in the 2007 World Cup. "How can they call this a World Cup when it is only being played between 10 teams, what world are they living in?," Clay Smith, a former batsman, was quoted as saying in the Royal Gazette. "I think this decision is a joke and very contradictory to what they the ICC has been trying to do in the past.

"The ICC has invested so much money into the Associate members to try to improve their standards, but it seems like some of the big boys of cricket fear being embarrassed by the minnows."

The early exits of India and Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup, after they were beaten by Bangladesh and Ireland respectively, prompted the ICC to devise formats to protect the bigger teams, Clay Smith said. "What they should do is have a mini World Cup with the Associate teams and at least have the two finalists be given a path to the World Cup."