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'ICC's decision a joke' - Porterfield

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April 5, 2011

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John Mooney and Trent Johnston are overjoyed, England v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Bangalore, March 2, 2011
Ireland will not get a chance to celebrate in the 2015 World Cup © AFP

Ireland captain William Porterfield has described the ICC's decision to trim the next World Cup to just the ten countries as "an absolute joke". The ICC, in its executive board meeting in Mumbai on Monday, decided to restrict the 2015 World Cup to its 10 full-member nations, thereby denying Associate countries like Ireland and Netherlands the chance to qualify on the basis of their position in the ICC one-day rankings or by a qualification tournament.

"It's an absolute disgrace," Porterfield said, "and I don't know how they can even comprehend doing this. We have done everything they asked of us over the last few years in terms of restructuring Irish cricket and I can't come to terms with how they can just shut us out, do away with the qualification period and then try and call this a World Cup."

Monday's decision means that that the Associates and Affiliates have been effectively shunted out of cricket's showpiece event for the next eight years. Ireland are currently ranked No. 10 in the ICC ODI rankings, and though they finished sixth in Group B in the World Cup, they beat England in Bangalore, to add to their win over Pakistan in their World Cup debut in 2007 and have been one of the consistently stronger Associate countries.

"We are currently ranked 10th, ahead of Zimbabwe, and there is no reason we can't move up another position, if not two, by the next World Cup," Porterfield said. "Instead, the door has been closed in our face. It is an embarrassment.

"I don't know what else we had to do in the World Cup, we held our own against the full members, we beat England, we got the fastest ever hundred. For them to turn around and throw that back in our face a few weeks later is an absolute joke."

Porterfield said the decision to expand the Twenty20 World Cup to 16 teams was not adequate compensation and warned that the development of the game in the non-Test playing nations could get severely affected. "They say it's a compensation [to expand the Twenty20 World Cup to 16 teams] but I can't agree with that because it is every player's dream to play at and win a World Cup," he said. "Everyone in the cricketing world can see they are shutting the door on not only a lot of players, but also on the development of world cricket.

"It's not just about Ireland. This could mean the death of cricket in a lot of countries … and all because a few full members are looking to make a few extra quid from the competitions. How they can turn around, shut out half the world and still call themselves a world governing body is an absolute joke.

"It is every full member's duty to look after world cricket. Now the whole integrity of the World Cup has been brought into question because this is not a World Cup, it's a glorified Champions Trophy."


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Posted by Dummy4 on (April 8, 2011, 17:58 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 wicket like Razzak or Price with good economy & average. Had associates even 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. 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 Siddharth on (April 8, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

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, choice is yours.

Posted by Siddharth on (April 8, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

Is it a joke that in the world cup of cricket there is only 1 team from Europe, 1 team from America the poor hapless West Indies. If ever in the future we will be able to refer that as a world cup is a big joke. How can you expect them to cap the imagination in these 2 most powerful continents with such attitude? 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. The shame games for 2015 have already begun.

Let's have one thing clear cricket has lost one die-hard supporter and more will follow. Hope everyone boycott these games.

Posted by Siddharth on (April 8, 2011, 7:50 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. What a shame for all those bright young cricketers who were looking to perform at the highest level at the pinnacle of sport.

Posted by Siddharth on (April 8, 2011, 7:49 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. 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.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 Dummy4 on (April 7, 2011, 0:53 GMT)

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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 Muhammad on (April 6, 2011, 23:36 GMT)

Who says that ICC is a world cricketing body. Since the birth of ICC , ICC had always been hostage to couple of countries. But what else can we expect when the ICC is being run by few brainless heads.

Posted by AARON HUSSEIN on (April 6, 2011, 22:50 GMT)

All ODI ranked national teams have right to perticipate in all formats of World Cup Cricket, whether it is 50-overs, 40-overs or 20-overs. There is no right only for the test status countries to qualify in these tournaments automatically. If ICC wants to keep 10 teams in the ODI 50 overs tournament, it's ok, but that should be done th...rough qualifying matches atleast between all ODI status teams. Only the two finalists of the previous world cup tournament can get privelage to go directly in the world cup tournament, but not all test status teams. Some people are talking against Bangladesh with this issue. But, reality is that Bangladesh now in ODI is much better than New Zealand, Ireland, Zimbabwe, & even in some stage - West Indies. We need to sue against ICC for this unfair decision. Down with ICC! Let's all Boycott 2015 World Cup Cricket

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 19:42 GMT)


This is not going to help the cause of expanding cricket as a global game.

Posted by Abhìjit on (April 6, 2011, 17:29 GMT)

It seems, icc has, by mistake, said that it had scraped out champions trophy. It is still there in the open. Next edition scheduled for feb-mar 2015 in aus-nz. Its actually the world cup that has been omitted.

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