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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.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 16:57 GMT)

We, the world champions had a good game against Ireland. We know how tough the team was. Bangladesh s a test playing nation:D lol

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

Fall out from the ICC's decision to limit the 2015 Cricket World Cup swells as the public outcry from around the globe continues to gather momentum. The ramifications of taking the "World" out of the World Cup will be seen in the coming years as world cricket's potential and growth in emerging markets halts and now handicaps leading associate and affiliate nations as they struggle to raise the necessary public and private funding to further grow the sport in their respective markets. The adverse effects of this decision will be felt most by those who persevere with passion and vision to raise the profile and challenge the norms for their countries to compete at the highest level of this truly amazing game.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

This decision is a disgrace. I propose a boycott of companies sponsoring the 2015 World Cup,as the only thing that frightens the ICC is losing sponsorship, they obviously don't give a damn about the game.

Join the capaign here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_183925518320319&ap=1

Posted by Bharat on (April 6, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

If you are true cricket fan, thn post on ICC page forcing them to have atleast 14 teams in WC. Just say we want 14+ teams. We Want minimum 14 Teams in 2015 and 16 Teams in 2019 and 20 Teams in 2023. No, this is not right, we should have atleast 14+ teams always in world cup, we should try to do it like soccer. More nations means more fun and for got sake its world cup, don't make it only main 10 teams. Shame on ICC for not including non Test playing nations.

Posted by Tom on (April 6, 2011, 13:44 GMT)

This latest sign of ineptitude from cricket's top administrators comes as no surprise. Remember the incompetent way they handled the Packer affair back in the 70's and, more recently, the ICL.

Posted by Hassaan on (April 6, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

Dont see why ICC is being criticized for leaving out the associates...of the 49 matches that were played in the 2011 World Cup 31 involved the associates(and Bangladesh) and almost all of those games failed to generate interest...the World Cup is the most prestigious ICC event and is held every four years..and its disappointing for cricket lovers like myself to see more than 60 percent of these games ending up as being a no-contest...Now as far as the associates are concerned, the only way they can improve is by playing teams like Eng, Ind, SA, Aus etc etc on a more consistent basis...being part of a world cup and getting thrashed again and again will not help their cause...and it is ICCs job to make sure the test playing nations play their part...Why should Aus tour India every 2 years for a Test series?

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

a bad decision......... look ireland win against bigger sides and west indies not even 1 victory

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

This should include ireland and netherlands competing with bangla, zim , WI for the last two spots.. ridiculous...the way it is panning out is not good for cricket...People love cricket.not ICC...we love good cricket..does not matter it is associates or full members

Posted by Alexander on (April 6, 2011, 11:46 GMT)


keep the associates at the world cup! spread this petition!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

This decision causes to folding the Cricket Map instead of spreading in the World. The fans in top cricketing nations should collectively find ways to pressurize ICC to reverse its decision.

Posted by Ajay on (April 6, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

In 2015 teams like Ireland, Netherland and Zimbabwe has more chances to make upset in bouncy track of Australia & New Zealand especially against Asian countries. ICC should change their decision.

Posted by Kamal on (April 6, 2011, 3:18 GMT)

I really don't know why? why ICC want to trim the 2015 ICC World Cup only to 10 Countries. Though I know some specific reasons of broadcasting and finance matters, but they always should try to increase the number of countries playing in the world. This is the only way to spread the Cricket through out the whole world. Many big countries doesn't play cricket (i.e China, Japan, Germany,France,Russia,Brazil)...if there are more countries in the world cup then only remaining countries can take interest and can motivate from other smaller countries playing in the world cup. I know there will some matches of no interest in between strong cricket playing nation and a weak cricket playing nation....but for surely after some years they will be strong. And then after few years Like (2030's)...there will be a Cricket World Cup of more than 32 countries. Reducing World Cup to 10 means not to promote the World cup though the world. They really should change their decision once again.

Posted by Saif on (April 6, 2011, 2:19 GMT)

This ICC decision is 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 clive on (April 6, 2011, 0:18 GMT)

I have no problems with the ICC's decision to limit the next Wolrd Cup to 10 teams ... PROVIDING THE TEAMS ARE THERE ON MERIT.

Let the 10 top ranked teams compete in 2015, and if that means exclusion of full member countries like Zimbabwe or Bangladesh in favour of a higher ranked associate side, like Ireland or the Netherlands, so be it. There is no place in the modern world for an 'old boys' network to exclude associate countries from the chance of competing in a 'World Cup' worthy of that name.

Posted by Hanu on (April 5, 2011, 23:47 GMT)

Wonder what ICC decision could have been had Ireland or other Associate team made to quarter finals…

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 22:07 GMT)

Nothing to do with cricket, nothing to do with entertainment - it doesn't even make financial sense in the long term. This is all about people with power protecting their interests.

Posted by Ben on (April 5, 2011, 21:55 GMT)

For every other World Cup most teams have to qualify. In the Rugby World Cup, only the semi-finalists (and host nation) automatically qualify. All other teams have to earn their spot. What this would mean is that Aus, Eng, SA would need to host/tour associate nations. This is what will bring the sport to these countries. Probably not many Canadians followed the WC, but they would turn up if England played an ODI in Canada. Sure, make the WC 10-12 sides - but you MUST have a way for minor countries to qualify - just like every other world cup does.

Posted by Taz on (April 5, 2011, 21:29 GMT)

Total joke of a decision. If they wanted to have 10 teams there then the top 8 ranked ODI teams should qualify automatically for the tournament with the last two ODI ranked teams fighting it out with the associate teams for the final two spots. If they are going to do that for 2019, why can't they do that for 2015. If your trying to get more people to watch cricket, going the wrong way about it, by restricting who can take part in it. Trying to make it a private boys club isn't doing any one any favours.

Posted by Chetan on (April 5, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

Let us bring China and USA also oh and not forget Brazil also..and we will have more world into this world cup...Cricket is not like Soccer eveybody can play..it has some standards as the game goes on for whole day..We can bring associates into twenty world cup and does not require skills or standards. ICC do not bring these teams..good decision else world cup will be a big mess...

Posted by Sayan on (April 5, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

I think that the format is ridiculous. There were 14 teams in this world cup, divided into 2 groups of 7. Thus the number of pre-quarter games played were 2 X ( 7 C 2) = 42.

Even if there were 16 teams and they were divided into 4 groups of 4, the number of games played would be 4 X (4 C 2) = 24 (About half the number of games with more number of teams !!). The FIFA world cup is of this format, so it has precedence. Also, if ICC is interested in shortening the pre-quarter stage, it should consider having multiple games on the same day.

Cricket as a game is competing with football, F1, tennis etc most of which are lot less lengthier. If the game continues to be elitist, then the world will continue to ridicule this "World Cup".

Posted by Andrew on (April 5, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

Porterfields's comments are spot on. Therefore 2015 will be no World Cup only a meaningless invitational tournament. So much for spreading the Game. PATHETIC!

Posted by Raj on (April 5, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

That's it. I am forced to retire now. Was hoping to play for US OF A in the next world cup. ICC shattered my dream.

Posted by vivek on (April 5, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

I totally agree with Porterfield. You cannot just shunt down cricket nations who are new. Host country Australia and ICC should realize that they need to promote cricket into the world and not take away from it. As Portefield said we dont want to create WC as glorified Champions trophy. We should remember that Bangladesh is one country who emerged from a non-member to full member because of their performance in WC games. The story of Bangladesh is worthy enough to let countries like Ireland, Netherlands, Canada and Kenya to play in WC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

Why can't the top ten ranked teams go to the world cup irrespective of whether they are test playing nation or an associate ?

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

the decision is a disgrace and I agree with William Porterfield the next world cup will be no more than a glorified champions trophy there should have at least been a qualification tournament to give the associate countries an incentive this is a black day for the sport

Posted by Allanson on (April 5, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

The ICC has done it again... This is completely baffling!

Posted by Allanson on (April 5, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

This is ablsolutely ridiculous!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Th joke is on ICC...Ireland desrve the place in the next WC..

Posted by Junaid on (April 5, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

The current ICC ranking for ODI are 1. Australia 2. India 3. Sri Lanka 4. South Africa 5. England 6. Pakistan 7. New Zealand 8. West Indies 9. Bangladesh 10. Ireland

If Ireland maintain it's ranking then they can play next world cup. They will get enough opportunities for next 4 years. Only the best 10 will play world cup. Ti me that is fair.

Posted by Satwik on (April 5, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

The whole of the cricketing viewership should boycott the 2015 WC if this law is not ammended. Who's with the associates?

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

MAKES FULL SENSE. The bottom two teams from next years world cup are relegated and the top two are promoted in the next edition (based on their ranking and how they have performed over the 4 year gap)....I LIKE!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

At last someone tells the world,why do we have a world cup. How much politics is needed to diversify the king of games. have a little repect for all those nations and cricketclub who make efforts to contribute to have cricket known to all quaters of the world. It should not become an exclusive member game. If you want to have fair play cricket...........how does is feel so see ZIMBABWE vs NEPAL in 2055 as the world cup FINALS> Have sense,and make a world cup a world cup.

Posted by Abdullah on (April 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

@mpseshu well said. im with you

Posted by Allan on (April 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

Hummm....I see the chorous birds are out again chirping in unison. Anyone try thinking for themselves for a change? What's so bad about this? I agree Ireland was GREAT. But most of the group stage was a complete DRAG. And while the knockout stage was good, it was too short. Also, as evident by the final match, SL was by NO MEANS the 2nd best side. So, more matches between the top teams, and less between associates is what's needed. This is after all a PREMIER competition, not a charity event. The decision to include 16 teams in the T20WC is the way forward. Ireland, Netherlands, Kenya, and lets not forget Afghanistan would have a darn good chance of doing well, thereby elevating the exposure of cricket in the respective countries. And T20 skills are absolutely transferable to ODI. What's lacking in these associate countries is a sustainable model for cricket, and T20 will provide that. The growth of cricket needs to be organic, not imposed or from above. Good work ICC!

Posted by Sacheen on (April 5, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

Atrocious decision. I understand reducing the number of associate nations in WC from 4, but to deny all is an absolute joke. I am willing to bet Ireland will be better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh; if they aren't already!

Posted by Saaib on (April 5, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

@bdcricketfan. No they will only be allowed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

Posted by Rakesh on (April 5, 2011, 17:36 GMT)

Cricket fans in respective countries must pressurize captains to issue support for Ireland and make 2 spots for Associates. Else give IRELAND Full member status.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 17:34 GMT)

ICC a big joke.......what will they play for?

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

Just pick the top-10 ranked nations. Test cricket and ODI cricket are different formats, so why is there a preference for Test-playing nations?

Posted by Aadithya on (April 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

This is an excellent decision from ICC. They should go further and let only the semi-finalists from 2011 play :P

Ireland and other associates deserve better.

Posted by Faruk on (April 5, 2011, 17:27 GMT)

Decision of ICC is so funny. we know that in football world cup every member of FIFA play qualify round for get opportunity to wold cup. they should review their decision .

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

its not a good decision by icc.they should have allowed at-least two associate nations to play 2015 WC.they should rethink about their decision at-least by looking at the performance of Irish team or else cricket wont spread and will not becomes popular like FIFA.

Posted by Varnendra on (April 5, 2011, 17:20 GMT)

@pushkar_atss is right. Let everyone go through a qualifying round. Let say 2014 reserved for qualifying round games. Each country would have tours to 4 other continents; for example India would tour Australia to play Aus & Kiwi, Africa to play SA, Zim & Kenya, Europe to play England, Netherlands & Ireland and America to play Windies. Certain percentage of points also must be carried forward to the 2015 World Cup.

Posted by Frazer on (April 5, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Thisis a difficult problem as Ireland are obviously good enough to be in the World cup, could you say the others are? I think a more suitable number is 12 teams minimum, allowing 10 full members and 2 qualifiers. While Zimbabwe are a full member, are they better than Ireland? Ideally more teams would be allowed in to make a WORLD cup, but there is no point if they are hopeless, as all they do is porduce boring, one-sided games and a boost to averages.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

I think there is a simple solution for it. ICC can mandate that top 10 teams on Dec31st, 2013 would be in the 2015 World Cup. Only exception would be that if the host country not in the top 10, it will replace the 10th ranked team. If more than one country hosts the cup then the host with higher rating would get the automatic berth. I do not thing Aussies or NZ's will not have to resort to the automatic slot to get in.

Posted by Franck on (April 5, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

What can we expect from the ICC, we French trying to develop the sport when Ireland and the Netherlands are so openly despised. What can Denmark and Scotland expect?

The wider the base, the higher the top of the pyramid.

Posted by Salauddin on (April 5, 2011, 16:52 GMT)

Cricket has come long way from marginalizing associate teams. There are associates teams can challenge any test team. Current selection process (4 teams) of associate teams in ODI World Cup was a better way forward for expansion of cricket in the world. It also helps to keep the team competitive at the bigger event. ICC should reconsider their 10-team decision.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

totle nonsense,how can u encourage other teams.

Posted by Gordon on (April 5, 2011, 16:34 GMT)

This stinks. They should increase it to 16 teams in 4 groups of four. Each team plays 3 matches over 10 days and the top 2 from each group go to the 1/4 finals. The whole tournament done and dusted in 3 weeks max.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 16:34 GMT)

The Irish deserves it and we (the public) should support them. They are a relevation not just this tournament but in others and they can only go up from here. ICC should reverse their decision and with this I register my strongest protest.

Posted by Ashish on (April 5, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

This is a sheer disgrace, this decision needs to be overturned. As it is the popularity of cricket as a sport of choice is in decline and if we shut associate members out of the biggest event of cricket then this will be a major blow to this beautiful sport. There has to be something we people can do overturn this decision.

Posted by Varun on (April 5, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

How they wish that this decision was taken ont he 01st of April ! :P

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

I think 12 team will be perfect otherwise the associates team will not emerge !!! During 1997 - 2003 Kenya have played number of international tournament in home & abroad which helped them to do well in 2003, but after that they hardly played any ODI series except 2 against Bangladesh !!!!!! cricket will remain only to 10 teams!!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

Ridiculous decision straight up. Very detrimental to the progress of the game.

Posted by Saif on (April 5, 2011, 16:04 GMT)

It is only playing with big boys that Associates will improve. No disrespect to Saudi Arabia or North korea. I remember Saudi Arabia lost to Germany 7-0 in previous FIFA WC, and North Korea lost to Portugal 7-0 in last WC. Still FIFA allows participation of smaller football nations. ICC should encourage as many teams in WC as possible. It will be good for Cricket as world sports. There should be 15 teams in 3 Groups (5 teams each) in round-robin (+ say, Afghanistan). Also, play 3-4 games per day like FIFA WC in round-robin. WC will be over in 30 days, rather than current 45.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

Shame on ICC. They should consider reversing the decision. Ireland is a good team which has full potential to be among the top in a decade if they continue to perform well (and they have proved that). If any team that needs to be kicked out, it is Zimbabwe.

Posted by Tom on (April 5, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

This decision is going to prove a real set back for spreading the great game of cricket beyond the traditional regions. I think a good example lies with the Rugby world cup to be held later this year. In their world cup competition 20 teams play and similarly to cricket there are only 8 - 10 teams who really compete at the top level. Many opening matches will be one sided and the groups stages largely predictable but that isn't the point. At the very least associate teams should have the opportunity to qualify for a reduced world cup considering the poor performances put in by Zimbabwe, the 10th team, in recent times.

We have just enjoyed a great world cup, perhaps 7 team groups are a little excessive. But other than that why change?

Posted by sujan on (April 5, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

If ICC is gonna have only 10 teams in world cup, then they should not consider having only 10 test playing teams to participate.Only the defending champion and the host nations should be selected automatically or only the host nations.ICC should host a big event named 'World cup cricket qualification' and make sure even the other test playing nations will have to compete in that tournament to be selected for last 10 for the world cup. If ICC can't do that - then they have no rights to keep the 'world' out of world cup. Name it something like ICC Marlboro cup or ICC Bacardi super 10 cup, please dont name it world cup.

Posted by Isuru on (April 5, 2011, 15:38 GMT)

I believe that ICC should give a fair chance A team like Ireland based on the performances they made at the world cup. If not there is no point given them a chance to play for world cup as a means of getting the International Experiences. At Least should pick Best 2 Teams and adding them for next world cup

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

Its ICC's decision (Indian Cricket Council)

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

i am all for this decision. provided the ICC has qualifiers for the ten places. dont be surprised if the west indies miss out. i'd watch ireland play than the pathetic windies.

Posted by Bharat on (April 5, 2011, 15:17 GMT)

We Want minimum 14 Teams in 2015 and 16 Teams in 2019 and 20 Teams in 2023.

Posted by Bhupal on (April 5, 2011, 15:14 GMT)

Remove Zimbabwe, bring in Ireland instead as the tenth team. After that it is good enough for me. I hope that the next tourney is played as a round robin with each one playing the other once, and the best four making the semi-finals.

Posted by S on (April 5, 2011, 15:14 GMT)

On one hand the Associates probably think they are stronger than they really are. Of course they win a game or two and cause an upset once in a while, but they also get thrashed by the full-members most times. So there are too many meaningless games for every good game concerning the minnows. On the other hand, I'd rather watch Ireland than watch Bangladesh. ICC could have gone for a FIFA-style qualifying format but must have been swayed by the TV channels.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

This is the reason why football is loved everywhere in world and people don't know even the name of cricket in many parts. How can you call a tournament a WORLD CUP when the whole world is shut off!! This a death blow for a dying game(Pure form of cricket I mean, Test and ODI)!! The irony is some life was just injected after this world CUP!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

I can perfectly understand Porterfield's frustration, but the hard fact is teams like Kenya, Canada, and The Netherlands did not acquit themselves well at all. Among the Associate Teams, only Ireland played well, and the rest were not up to it and the World Cup ended up having some dud days, losing out on spectator interest, which is what matters ultimately when you're trying to put on a showpiece event. I believe that the best format for the world cup is where everybody plays everybody else, a la 1992, which is not feasible with 14 teams. The ICC simply had no option but to restrict the size and the number of matches to preserve spectator interest in world cups, and the expansion of Twenty20 world cup to 16 teams is definitely good.

Posted by Mike on (April 5, 2011, 14:47 GMT)

Congratulations to Mr Porterfield on: 1) his team's superb showing in the World Cup (and indeed the previous one) 2) his comments which are 100% spot on 3) the superbly articulate way in which he puts them across. (Mini-congrats also to his interviewer on getting them down right). I have expressed my own views in more detail elsewhere online, but in any case Will (possibly the most expressive cricket captain since Mike Brearley) does it much better. I suspect what Ireland really need to do to gain ICC acceptance is quadruple their TV advertising revenue. Continuing to call the tournament the World Cup is gross hypocrisy, it should be renamed the Economic Elites Trophy or some such.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

This is Insane...They can quit bangladesh and get in Ireland, these guys play lot better than bangladeshis....

Posted by Vikram on (April 5, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

What the hell! IRELAND DESERVE TO BE IN THE WORLD CUP. Irish team gave us (India), the run for the money in the league game and beat England. It would be a shame if Ireland is not even given a chance to prove themselves... they are as good as Bangladesh or West Indies right now....

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 14:37 GMT)

Whats the meaning of WORLD cup? what will the newcomers have to do to qualify to play?? ICC is making the world a smaller place - May it is small in its thinking. Maybe ICC should now mean Intend to Contain Cricket - lol

Posted by Chetan on (April 5, 2011, 14:36 GMT)

I agree with ICC decision. This world cup was boring in the initial stages where full members team only playing with associate and was one sided games most of them. If you love cricket then it is not a death of sport. Mr Porterfield.. and we are only talking about world cup..ICC should organize more circekt between these associate members and should bring one team at a time in worldcup.

Posted by Dev Alok on (April 5, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

Should I blame Haroon or Sharad for this moronic decision.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

I think England and Wales Cricket Board had a BIG ROLE in making this decision..;)

Posted by Jay on (April 5, 2011, 14:29 GMT)

How can the ICC even think about calling this a 'world' cup ? this is not any different to the failed Champions Trophy or mini world cup held every 2 years. What a pathetic decision by the ICC. They need to be ashamed of themselves for being so incompetent. Ireland deserves everything to play international cricket on a regular basis. I see them on the lines of Sri Lanka when the island nation started becoming competitive during the 80s and then emerged as a champion team in 1996. C'mon BCCI and ICC please stop being greedy and address real cricketing issues that fans want to see addressed. Get rid of all meaningless bilateral series such as 3 Ashes series in a row, repetitive India/Sri Lanka series etc. We need to see the minnows included in triangular tournaments, we need an India/Pakistan series etc. Enough with this bollocks.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

best decision ever and this is what I had hoped for! I want cricket to go back to how it was in 1992 and before even. When we could watch high quality matches and not have to endure watching cricket matches where kenya V Holland and canada V Ireland. If you look athe world cup schedule for this year! just look at it! you will see that most of the matches seemed to have been played by the minows. I got fed up waiting a whole week until i finally get to see a good team play.

Posted by Bharat on (April 5, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

No, this is not right, we should have atleast 14+ teams always in world cup, we should try to do it like soccer. More nations means more fun and for got sake its world cup, don't make it only main 10 teams.

Posted by MELVIN on (April 5, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

This is something which should have been decided after doing a POLL or something like it to see how the people/viewer's think (I mean the World) as this is supposed to be a "ICC World Cup" and not just a "ICC Cup". I am damn sure that a lot of people enjoyed the games played between Ireland & England as well as Netherlands & England and my personal feling was that ICC would surely allow at least 12 teams as updated on Cricinfo a couple of days back. I am also sure that the craze for World Cup would not be the same if teams are reduced and this might just be an experiment from ICC to see how the viewer's react to it otherwise surely the viewer's will also be reduced due to this action.

Posted by Akash on (April 5, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

ICC should be acting like FIFA!!! Give more nations chance to play world cup! Yes keep first 10 teams as it is but add at least 4 -6 more as well ( Ireland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Bermuda etc.. ).. If they will act like this then i m sure other new countries/teams will loose interest and slowly they will be out from CRICKET WORLD!!!!

Posted by bala on (April 5, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

ICC is just a farce and doesn't care about cricket. I hope the associates form a new cricket council and close the door on the ICC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

Cricket is an endangered sport in the hand of dis awe-full full-member nation. And definitely it will be a dead sport within 50years.

Posted by asdf on (April 5, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

This is an absolute joke. Here in Canada, some of the people who are new to cricket, started paying some attention to it during the WC because their country was participating in a world event. If Canada continued down the road, the sport would have picked up quite a bit. They have a good system in high schools and the level of talent in this country is growing. At this time, if they try to kick them out of the WC, what makes ICC think that the game will grow? How is this for the betterment of the sport? It's a dimwit decision headed by the three retarded giants in BCCI, CA, and ECB.

Posted by M.G. on (April 5, 2011, 14:09 GMT)


WC should be with world members not just selected few; that's been played all the time. It would be a REAL JOKE as Irish captain said if the ICC stick to their irrational plan.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 14:08 GMT)

The ICC has developed a very negative outlook. Given that the associate nations play very few ODI's since there's not much demand for their matches among the viewers, there's absolutely no chance that these nations can play the World Cup for the next 8 years. The ICC should seriously reconsider it's decision as this would lead to the stagnation of world cricket.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

I really sympathise with the associate countries. The move of the ICC to restrit the number of entries to only 10 is absolutely against the development of cricket. Look at the Football world cup it has grown from 16 countries to 32 countries participating in it. That is real development of sport. Unfortunately every country when it becomes stronger over the period of time never supports new countries. The ideal format for the world cup is that there should be 16 participants divided into four pools of 4 each. Top two teams should go into the second stage again divided into two pools of 4 each. Thereafter top two teams of each pool should qualify for the finals. The total number of matches would be 39 much less than the present world cup and at the same time accommodating the associate countries.

Posted by M on (April 5, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

I think ICC made a good decision. It was so boring watching games between Kenya vs Canada or even these teams vs any other teams. Even the two test playing nations, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe performed below par in their games. So, unless you want to see more boring game in the future WC, you should support ICCs decision. However, ICC needs to be fair wtih associated teams as well. So, what they can do is to consider the two best teams among the associated countries and ask them to play a best of 3 in a neutral ground against the 9th and 10th rank Test nations just before the world cup. The winners should play in the final.

Posted by R on (April 5, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

ICC's decision is surprising because it protects the rankings as they existed once upon a time. SL won the world cup just over a decade after they started playing test cricket. Kenya were semi finalists in 2003. In this world cup, there was not much to chose between WI, England, bangladesh & Ireland. All of them were better than Zimbabwe. So why close the door on Ireland or any other team with the potential to upset a higher ranked team ?

Posted by syed on (April 5, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

Let's hear it for the ICC dimwits. They probably saw an extra million in doing what they have done and went for it. I wonder what their aim is? Shouldnt it be to increase the game's profile than to make an extra buck? And anyway the intent of the ICC in making money is to spend it for the game's development. I just dont get it. Very weird decision by those whackos. By the way i am Indian

Posted by N on (April 5, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

ICC, what have you done? Ireland was the most exciting of "associate" teams, and played better than "Full Member" teams such as Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and West Indies! You've robbed cricket fans of a wonderful team who were on the verge of doing wonders on the field. This is a team well liked across the world, the sub-continent included! We love the Irish Cricket Team and their brave, spirited, fighting cricket! Why not rename the World Cup, and call it the "Elitist" Cup!

To the Irish Cricket Team, we love how you play the game, and we as fans of your style of cricket will do everything in our capacity to get "THE JOKERS" to overturn their decision.

Guys, search for the following petition on Google: Full Member Status for the Irish Cricket Team. Show your support, and help the Irish Cricket Team! Go Ireland!!!

Posted by Garry on (April 5, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

Absolute rubbish from ICC, Ireland are a wonderful team and they deserve to be in the world cup.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

it is shame and ICC morons not know what they are doing ----- Are you trying to destroy 50over game ? what are we doing now just playing with these 8 countries every day and all the faces, players , we know since we only play with these 8 countries, we need new countries and new faces new talented guys, this decision will lead stop play national cricket in future since some talented players will moved to countries like England or Australia ------ Shame!! shame!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

I agree with Mr. Porterifeld; this way the ICC can't develop Cricket nor they can't globalize the Cricket. In this world and for the greater interest of the Sports of Cricket this decision must be withdrawn and changed immediately; Every one who had witnessed the just concluded WC will agree that Ireland and Netherland had performed greatly in this WC, and instead of offering a helping hand for their development the ICC has decided not to close the door only but shutting it down; they should be ashamed of calling them ICC; now we need to call them the Glorified Cricket Council no more the ICC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

Thats a real shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Why on earth would ICC have agreed upon it????

At least they should allow 10+2=12 teams to play in the World Cup.

I understand, some of the games were proper rubbish and waste of time but that does not take away they hard works that have been put by Canada, Kenya, Netherland and specially IRELAND...

Feeling sorry for IRELAND..they have improved so much that they deserve a place for each World Cup onwards.....


WE, as a public/supporters of Cricket hate this decisions...

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

So let's boycott the next World Cup in support of the teams then!

Posted by Siddharth on (April 5, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

There has been enough blooding of "minnow" sides directly in World Cups. As well as Ireland played, and as sad a decision it is for them, they are not looking at the larger picture. This gives them 8 years to get a proper cricket structure in place. They need to play on a more regular basis with the full member teams to become even more competitive. I am an Indian, and well aware of the fact that the ICC and BCCI did this with monetary interests in mind, but I would rather see consistently competitive "minnow" sides, rather than those who cause the one upset every four years. The only way that can happen is by getting a structure in place, and encouraging the game further.

Posted by Marc on (April 5, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

From an international organization that is supposed to promote the game of cricket throughout the world this is a senseless and stupid decision. I wonder what will happen if the international cricket fans will start a campaign against this decision. The impact of social media should not be underestimated. I've started a facebook cause (http://www.causes.com/causes/600339-reverse-the-icc-decision?recruiter_id=173647411) to review and reverse the ICC decision where you can a sign a petition. Please sign-up and show the ICC they've made a temporary error of judgement! We're all human.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

This again show's the short sightedness of the ICC. They speak of promoting the game, yet they just want to feather thier own nests with increased TV rights money. Sri lanka, 30 years ago were seen as minnows. What would have hapened to sri lankan cricket if they were shut out of world competition 30 years ago? This is my first ever posting, due to this outrageous decesion. The football and rugby world cups have the so called minnow nations. Why can't the cricket world cup do as well.

Posted by Eustace on (April 5, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

Totally agree with Mr Porterfield.. The ICC don't seem to have a head for height , how else can non test playing nations gain entry to the closed shop ,which is international cricket. Or they probably want to strengthen the ECB .. If this isn't overturned Irish cricket will suffer more than anyone else.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

ICC is not trying to encourage cricket with this decision. We all know that Ireland and Netherlands have played exceptionally well in the World cup. ICC should rethink about their decision and must give chance to non test playing nations to grow up to international standards. THINK ABOUT IT ICC..!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

I agree with the Irish Skipper about the decision made by ICC board to be a joke. ICC should have a better reason to follow their generalized statement being made. World Cup gives fuel to the hunger of cricketers to excel n also for overall progress of the game over the world.. The decision must have been a great shock for those individuals n countries pushing hard to get into it(World Cup).... I believe ICC has to re-issue and refine their decision for the welfare of the cricket and sportsmanship ......

Posted by gopal on (April 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

this is exactly why people who know and understand cricket should run cricket. Look at the set of people who make decisions. absolute disgrace!

Posted by Cliff on (April 5, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

I think its the right decision. The associates only add a lot of boring matches to the tournament, a 10 team world cup means a full circle round robin, which will give you the best 4 teams in the semis. I feel for the Irish, unfortunately they should concentrate on bring their system upto scratch for full membership, jst wanting to participate in the world cup is already aiming low. What does it take to get full Test membership...you have 8 years to concentrate on that. Tough I know, but I for one would like the see a solid world cup rather than a long one.

Posted by shripad on (April 5, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

I am with him on this one. I mean why does Zimbabwe deserve the place and Ireland does not? On simple technicality? Thats pathetic. I wonder how much the Australian board had to do with this. Traditionally they hate the long world cups. The broadcasting of 1992 event was a joke with some stupid decisions taken by network.

Ireland deserve to be in next world cup. If it is to be 10 nation world cup, then why should Zimbabwe be there based on technicality. Why shouldnt the team which is currently ranked higher than them in ICC rankings be there. This is serious blow not only to Ireland but to Afghanistan which I firmly believe should be playing at world stage in ODIs.

I hope next world cup is failure like 2007 is it goes ahead with 10 teams. How ICC managed to take this decision even after the current world cup is beyond the common good sense. Its disgusting. I can only imagine how gutted Irish players feel at the moment knowing their WC career is effectively over forever.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

I agree with Porterfield. Not a good decision to limit world cup 2015 to only 10 teams. It's THE biggest cricket tournament and having only 10 nations play is unfair to the teams which are in the process of becoming more mature. Soccer world cup has 32 teams and has always been the most successfull with this format!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

Cricket needs to taken to new boundary. sport needs to be taken to new geagraphy and culture.ICC needs to bring in changes in tactical aspect to conduct game in given duration .Removing teams for cutting short of time is not an answer

Posted by shamas on (April 5, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

I am from pakistan. I think porterfield commented very well on sham full decision from ICC. they beat Pakistan in 2007 and in this world cup they were extra brilliant, they won well and they fought well. Also Netherland showed the sign of improvement. If ICC really want to expand the cricket in associate countries they must not restrict the teams in next world cup, now their are four years for next world cup so they must include these teams in tri nation one day tournaments, by doing this associate teams will have more confidence playing against full members. these teams have the right to play more one day games against test nation countries before appearing suddenly against them in world cups. ICC think on it..........:

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

Loss for world cricket. We need encourage teams to play. Then only cricket be a true world sport!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

Someone needs to intervene and make ICC realize what they are doing is not right... It is always fun to watch an underdog nation doing well. Everyone around the globe (Except English) enjoyed the Ireland Victory at the CWC 2011. Someone pls give a tight slap to the administrating body of ICC and BCCI.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

ICC should reconsider their decision ...coz many non test playing nations have played brilliant in the WC games........

Posted by Latha on (April 5, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

Porterfield is absolutely justified. This decision by ICC is simply outrageous. Ireland & Netherland (to some extent) have been very competitive. If cricket has to be developed in the associate countries then they need to be included in more tournaments. Instead we find d ICC slamming th doors shut on their face. This way cricket would be d biggest loser.

Posted by Pratik on (April 5, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

Well to be honest i would be lying if i said i didnot see this coming from ICC. Seeing how cricket is valued and its significance seen from the monetary value games generate this was a commercially correct decision. And again people say there were some non significant games ?? which one was ? i didnt see even a single non important match. Kenya Vs Zimbabwe might be insignificant to most non Zimbabwean and Kenynan Supporters but ask the same to any Zimbabwe and kenya cricket Follower and you would get an exact reverse of an reply. A world cup in my opinion should include more countries if cricket is to improve. You tellin me North Korea Vs Brazil was a good game in Football WC ?? does it mean they should have 16 Euro and American countries participate ? cause clearly african and Asian countries cant win and compete with them. If it were to me cricket WC is to include more countries, its a WORLD cup and not best countries compete each other cup.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

Make it at least 12 nations...So that, associates like Irish and Dutch shall show their talent. If ICC is very particular about 10 countries, then have a qualifier between 7-16 ranked nations and select 4 out of it for the WC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

I do agree with the Netherland captain. there is no point in taking such harsh decision with no proper reason to follow... ICC should have a good argument to support their statement .....

Posted by shamas on (April 5, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

I am from pakistan. I think porterfield commented very well on sham full decision from ICC. they beat Pakistan in 2007 and in this world cup they were extra brilliant, they won well and they fought well. Also Netherland showed the sign of improvement. If ICC really want to expand the cricket in associate countries they must not restrict the teams in next world cup, now their are four years for next world cup so they must include these teams in tri nation one day tournaments, by doing this associate teams will have more confidence playing against full members. these teams have the right to play more one day games against test nation countries before appearing suddenly against them in world cups. ICC think on it............

Posted by Angus on (April 5, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

Down with the ICC! They are no longer fit to govern. It is patently obvious to all that this decision was taken to maximise TV revenue for the BCCI, the ECB and Cricket Australia, at the expense of killing world cricket. The ICC's thinly veiled lies about 'context' and length of tournament are fooling no one. The next World Cup will feature 4 fewer teams - the 10 that feature won't be the best 10 in the world - and yet the tournament will be exactly the same length, designed to ensure a minimum 9 games for each Full Member.

I loved this World Cup. I shan't be watching another.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

i definately agree with porterfield, the way ireland played in dis world cup, they were better than bangladesh n even west indies, this is a very wrong decision, icc should reconsider this schedule n make it 14 teams only.....

Posted by Mradul on (April 5, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

That's a Shocking and absolutely ridiculous decision. Why do they want to concentrate on Full members alone? Why not consider the Top 10 of ODI ranking until 2014 for the WC2015. This way you can make sure that even we trim down to 10 teams we still choose the best. Zimbabwe in current form are not good enough for top 10 (anyway they rank lower than that).

Posted by Rex on (April 5, 2011, 12:57 GMT)

This is absolutely ridiculous and stupid! What if the IOC started removing smaller countries from the Olympics!??? I support India, but I do agree they would NOT be considered "WORLD" champions if it's just 10 countries they have to play with!

Posted by w on (April 5, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

I just don't get what the fuss is about. If Ireland is a good enough team they will become a full member...and will we able to play in next WC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

I really don't got any logic behind the decision. They might give chance to the top two teams from the Associate members as per ranking. Why the associate teams will try to do better, if they have no hope of looking forward for playing in the highest tournament. They have to wait until they get the Test Status. Funny.

Posted by Andy on (April 5, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

disgusting decision. Am boycotting 2015 BRING BACK IRELAND :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

ICC's decision to cut down the number of nations for next World Cup is many steps backward and not in the interest of improving the Game or encouraging smaller nations to come up.All should fight for this step to be blocked.P

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

Very regressive strategy for the game. Also it must be heartbreaking for Irish players of a certain age to have their hopes of participating in the next W.C slammed.

Posted by Seshu Prabhakar on (April 5, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

Can someone start a parallel body to ICC to stop this monopoly?

Posted by Seshu Prabhakar on (April 5, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

ICC Stinks. I'm Indian Fan and would like to have associate teams at least top 2 based on qualifiers. ICC is thinking Money only and not growth of the game. As a protest, I won't be watching 2015 world cup. Hope people will boycott the games as a protest and rip ICC from Money.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

how can lower rank in ICC ranking, Zimbabwe can play World Cup and not Ireland ? I can't undersatnd this rubbish..

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

this is a worst decision in the history of the GAME! Cricket is one of the best & most watched game in the world.. but ICC to go out & take such a call is just STUPID! cant hold a team back out of WC coz they are not a Test playing nation. Teams like Ireland have shown why they deserve to be in WC by beating a strong side like England with a mammoth run chase.. ICC please sort your s***T out.. this is not going down well with any one.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

i m really really heart broke by this news when we could not qulify to 2011 WCC so i though inshallah we will see Afghanistan Playes in 2015 bt when i see this i really stop thinking of this, so this is not world cut i will be 10 nation cup. ICC please rename world cup as 10 nations cup. i hate cricket form today

Posted by Trichy on (April 5, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

What ICC should do is send free of cost a super coach to Ireland to make them better instead of shunning them away. Ditto for the Netherlands.

Posted by Ishan on (April 5, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

Who'd be surprised if under the aegis (read 'bullying') of the BCCI, the ICC will withdraw the official status from the 2007 World Cup, and nullify the result of the 2003 WC Final? :p Maybe its time for the so-called Associate nations to form a regulatory board of their own. Countries like Ireland, Netherlands (a highly developed country) and even Scotland, Canada and the US can take the initiative and find ways to promote and develop the game.Maybe the ECB can help them out. It won't be easy, but it'll be certainly a step forward, after how shamelessly the ICC has spat in their faces.

Posted by Sri on (April 5, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

It is such an easy decision here - have the associates play each other and get the best two or three amongst all the associates to compete in the main event. More time, less money etc. for the ICC, but this two-tier system will allow none of the associates to complain then. It would be fair to everyone and cut down on so many unnecessary matches!

Posted by Nigel on (April 5, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

This is as a result of too much control and decisions borne directly out of a lack of research into how to re-structure the WC format! If an organisation does not in hindsight understand that a six-week tournament is WAY TOO LONG, no matter how many teams are playing exciting or boring games, well... But, the Irish, Afghans, Dutch and others that have worked SO DAMN HARD to reach here must remind the ICC of one thing in particular - no team, at the point of introduction to the highest level of the game could hope to enthrall every audience! None of the Windies, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh (or Kenya for that matter) lit up the world immediately upon setting foot on the international stage! Why punish the Associates now???

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

It's very disappointing to know ICC's decision to have only 10 teams in the next World Cup. We have seen big upsets in every edition of the World Cup. We have seen associate members rise to the occasion and perform on par with permanent members. These are few opportunities that these teams have to take them to the next level. It is very unfair on ICC's part to take such a harsh decision. ICC has to learn something from FIFA which has been very successful in spreading the game of football by leaps and bounds. There has never been a decline in the World Cup participants barring the World War II period. Kenya in spite of reaching the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup were over looked later and it is evident from their current state. It's Ireland's turn now. ICC's decision to feature only 10 teams in the 2015 World Cup is the biggest joke. It seems to me that, by the time we have another permanent member in the ICC, India will sure go on to win the Football World Cup. What a joke!!!

Posted by Darell on (April 5, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

This is very unfair to the associates team. How can they expect cricket to survive we neeed it to expand and give these teams an opportunity like the others. I have seen the associates team played better cricket than the high rank teams. ICC better reconsider this foolish decision in the best interest of cricket.

Posted by ashutosh on (April 5, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

When will you guys realise that cricket will always be a 8-10 country sport? Cricket is just not that interesting of a sport to a guy who has not grown up playing it . Lots of people in the world love tennis without actually playing it . I watch NHL , NBA but i never watch baseball as it doesn't appeal to me although all 3 are most popular in the US . its must be very hard to like cricket if you don't know about it or play it by the age of 7-8. this is the reason ICC is taking this step . BCCI will one day be the ICC with an australian or a south african name thrown in the mix . You might get some good new players from some associate countries but new viewers are what is required and that won't happen just like other than japan baseball never took off .

Posted by Hirak on (April 5, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Why ICC choose Zimbabwe over Ireland. Its a stupid decision. ICC must think about the decision. They must arranged a Mini-World Cup between the team ranked 8th to 14th and select four team to World Cup.

Posted by Andy on (April 5, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

A cruel decision that has taken the World out of the World Cup as Graeme Swann put it. How is it that execs in an Indian boardroom have been able to arbitrarily ruin Irish cricket. Not to mention the Dutch and the burgeoning Afghanistan team

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

I thought porterfield is absolutely true.. I strongly support william porterfield

Posted by Mittal on (April 5, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

This is in fact a sad story... ICC is actually running a Bul C*** show. Ireland and Netherlands put up a great show and they deserve a chance to compete with the best all year long. That how they will grow and thats how CRICKET will grow. Thumbs Down to ICC.

Posted by Raghu on (April 5, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

ICC is headed by the most dim-witted administrator in all sports... Ponting should have shook him up harder after the champions trophy in India

Posted by pargat on (April 5, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

ICC has really done a discouraging task by not allowing associate teams in next world cup despite such a good performance by Ireland in WC'11. Its like leaving world out of the world cup. What ICC can do is increase no. of matches per day to 2 or more. This will reduce the length of WC tournament and associate teams will also get chance to play in WCs and we will get chance to see some more interesting turnarounds.... :)

Posted by J on (April 5, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

The ICC are destroying the chance of the sport to grow worldwide. After the 'Most Successful Worldcup', the sport has, I believe, taken interest to a much larger group of people worldwide, and the ICC should take advantage of this and let the sport grow. This shutting the door on teams such as Ireland, who performed better than other 'Test' playing nations, is a disgrace to the committee's future thinking of the sport, and questions their integrity to their commitment to grow the sport worldwide. Its a sad day for cricket to have the world body destroying the sport to this extent! Truly Sad Day! And I would like to urge cricinfo to provide viewer and reader comments to ICC if they can to voice concern by the world towards this disgraceful decision! We urge you cricinfo, help the world voice its concern to the destruction of the sport!!

Posted by Pushkar on (April 5, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

the ICC has disgraced itself today. It should understand the monopoly of the Full Members would just not do. Everyone knows Zimbabwe isn't the team of Andy Flower era. ICC should also change it's stance, considering the fact that even Andy Flower from player has turned into a COACH. Hence, either have a 12 team cup, or ask all the countries, even my own India and Australia and England and each full member to go through the qualifiers.

Posted by Douglas on (April 5, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

This is probably the most retrograde decision taken by ICC in recent years. The Associate states contribute to the growth of the game and the entertainment of the World Cup. Ireland fully deserve a place particularly if the WI are going to be allowed to continue to take part. At least the Irish have pride, the WI lack any appeal whatsoever. I hoped the ICC would have gone for the 12 teams option but being reluctant to show maturity and change their original decision they have stayed with 10 teams. Cricket is the ultimate loser.

Posted by Animefreak on (April 5, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

I agree with porterfield.

Posted by sandun on (April 5, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

at least 12 countries for ODI wc. especially ireland and netherlands must be given chanses.they have shown enough talents.but icc don't given enough opputunites for them.zimbabwe also given test palying condisions.thats good news. in wc every commentator says inexperiense ireland,netherlands. why is that? cause icc couldnt give enough oppotunites them. at least these two teams must be given one ODI with every test nation for a year.then they can get more experiense. but still we cant see such a programe.its not a good news for cricket. srilanka when they coming to crickt early, they were given too much oppotunites.thats the reason they could come so far in cricket world.the same must be happen to ireland and netherlands. if icc concern abt this im sure ireland and netherlands will show their talants in2015.but im not sure they will care abt this. its a tragady for all the cricket.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

This is not justice . A team did everything to qualify in the worldcup and it lookedbetter than others teams like bangladesh. ICC should promote cricket in countries like Ireland , not to demoralized them

Posted by anagh on (April 5, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

I agree that 4 teams in 4 groups is the best way to go.but the icc won't do that.remember in 2007 wc india and pak crashed out.this obviously hurt the icc's finances.so they are making it more predictable.after all,development may take a backseat let us make a few extra bucks,right icc?

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

A most stupid and baffling decision from ICC. Their mandate is to spread cricket and make it more popular worldwide, and not just in the existing top 8 countries. What they are really doing is going after the money instead. I request cricinfo to organize a campaign against this stupid decision of ICC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

12 team tournament I fully support. If ICC had that strategy, SL cricket would never entertained the world so much let alone being in 3 finals and winning it! Wake up ICC and be humble to change it to 12.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

There should be a qualification round for at least two places so that associate countries have a goal to play towards. If the ICC doenst want 14 teams, they should atleast have 12

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

It's totally vague decision. ICC needs to reconsider their decision. If other countries had shutoff India & Srilanka in 70's when one day cricket was coming into terms, we wouldn't have seen India and Srilanka winning world cups. After all it's a world cup not something like county cricket or some leagues. Ireland has done enough in this world cup to prove themselves.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

I quote Will Carling here, ICC is run by a bunch of old farts. Sorry Ireland we love your style of play and hope to see you getting the Test status.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

ICC is nothing but a bunch of clowns who know nothing about cricket and couldnt care less to promote or better the sport.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

RUBISH!!!!!Icc is out of there mind!!!1

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

As a West Indian cricket fan, I am heart broken by the ICC decision to remove the no test playing nations.

Posted by Nikhil on (April 5, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

ICC and BCCI are a piece of work, and this coming from an Indian. Apart from BCCI not caring about their crowd in the grounds, ticketing no available, ICC is now doing everything that BCCI wants. I strongly believe that in four years Ireland would have been a lot better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh who after how many years have not improved a bit. On the other hand Ireland beat PAK in first WC and England in this WC and gave few teams a scare and came touching distance with a win. Haroon Lorgat is a joke of a man, and like Porterfield said this shouldn't be called a WC, because basically it is going to be the same teams playing each other whom we see playing each other all the time through series of games. I for one am unhappy like most cricket fans. There should have been 12 teams because Canada, Kenya do not deserve a place after their performance but Netherland are also a good team. Oh well like everything else in this world MONEY prevails again. What a joke of a decision.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

this way i dont thin cricket will be looked up with interest or the game expands to other countries!!!

we need to have this game played in 25 countries by 2019 and not 10 to be brought back to 14.

How? thats waht for ICC is!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

i too agree with him as I love the Irish team instead of expanding the number of nations playing the World Cup they reduce it and so minor cricketin nations give up hope and later when they expand the number they say that those teams did well in previous years and their sport is going down. The ICC should change this

Posted by Dru on (April 5, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

This is insane!!! A bit like the "world series" with three teams... I agree there is no point in having meanigless games (like most of Kenya's) at a WC event but that doesnt mean there is no room at all for the associates. What are they playing cricket for then? I think there should be 12 teams with the top two associates being in the WC. What are the associates playing for if they dont have a chance to make the WC and at the same breath lets not bring in 4 minows which leads up to meaningless games either. The ICC has made some serious blunders along the way but this surely is one of the biggest.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

It's an absolute disgrace. Period.

Posted by Nijo on (April 5, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

ICC's decision is going to kill cricket in all the non-test playing countries. There should be a qualification round like in football for playing the world cup.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

Cannot believe the people who are suppose to encourage and spread the sport to many more is trying to kill it...

Absolutely shocking...

Posted by shamas on (April 5, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

I am from pakistan. I think porterfield commented very well on sham full decision from ICC. they beat Pakistan in 2007 and in this world cup they were extra brilliant, they won well and they fought well. Also Netherland showed the sign of improvement. If ICC really want to expand the cricket in associate countries they must not restrict the teams in next world cup, now their are four years for next world cup so they must include these teams in tri nation one day tournaments, by doing this associate teams will have more confidence playing against full members. these teams have the right to play more one day games against test nation countries before appearing suddenly against them in world cups. ICC think on it..........

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

Ireland are currently ranked 10th in the ODI rankings, above Zimbabwe. If they are trimming the competition to 10 teams, Zimbabwe should be excluded, not Ireland (but that in itself would be unfair).

Ireland put up a brilliant show and this is despite a lack of top level international games or test status. It's a shame the ICC stopped caring about the growth of the game and started counting the pennies years ago.

Posted by Nadeem on (April 5, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

The whole world is in shambles this decision just adds to it.

Posted by peter on (April 5, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

Anyone who thinks this has anything to do with the domestic infrastructure in Ireland is barking up the wrong tree. It's about protectionism - and cash. SL had no real fc strength in 83 - as a Test nation - yet went on to win the WC in 96. Similarly Zimbabwe and Bangladesh's domestic set ups in 96 & 2003 were poor to non-existent. And if we want to go on performance - Bangladesh & Zimbabwe are barely playing at Full member level ... This is an appalling decision on all sorts of levels - not least of all the ethics.

Posted by Zabihullah on (April 5, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

OHHH, ICC has shut Out all assocaite members from Cricket world and specifically the desire of Afghanistan people has been demolished completely because they dont have chance for next 10 years to compete in such big events which are the dreams of each player in the world. ICC should be fair in its decision it should not come under the effect of affilaite members and must not take all selfesh decision. ICC has damaged cricket in the world and tied it only around 10 nations around the world which doesnt mean Cricket World Cup, it means Champion Trophy.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

Once again the ICC prove themselves to be out of touch or even worse incompetent!

Teams like Ireland, Holland and let's not forget Afghanistan need investment and a big stage to target if they are to improve. Rather than take the world cup away from them they need help introducing a 4 year plan which includes setting up a FC system and more games against the Test playing nations to ensure they improve.

Posted by Paritosh on (April 5, 2011, 10:49 GMT)

This is absolutely a ridiculous decision from ICC. It shows they are after money and only money. The associate country must discard ICC and make another cricket body which do not run after money but after the welfare of cricket in every part of the world.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:49 GMT)

This is a shocking decision by the ICC. Ireland did a great job at the World Cup and they were entertaining with that great win over England. Kevin O'Brien got the fastest World Cup 100 and thats now gone. I believe that Ireland are better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh by quite a bit and they put up more of a fight. Shame on the ICC

Posted by James on (April 5, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

Its really a joke, what else you would expect from ICC, Ireland put up a spirited effort on the field, As a team they were far better than, England/Netherland/Zimbabwe/Bangladesh/Canada/Kenya. No player has the Strike rate of K'OBrien in CWC 2011, ICC should have gone with 12 Teams, Ireland & Netherland both teams have better prospects as compared to Zim & Bangladesh

They should reverse this decision....

Posted by Santosh on (April 5, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

There were 16 teams in 2007 world cup which was probably an indication that ICC wants to increase the no of teams and what a truly global event, perhaps the failures of top teams in the 2007 world cup resulted in various pressures to reduce the teams to 14 in 2011. But by reducing the teams to 10 for 2015 and 2019 world cups the ICC has only gone backwards look at Kenya they were a semi-finalist in 2003 world cup and they didn't even manage to win even a single game in 2011. There has been a fair bit of progress from teams like Ireland, Canada, Netherlands and even Afghanistan and Scotland although they didn't play in 2011 world cup. Cricket is the only sport perhaps were every world cup is different from the previous ones, since 1992 we have witnessed a new format various increase or decrease in the no of teams. ICC needs to steady not hasty were there is no proper planning, no long terms goals. They are just into making money out of sub-continent and nothing else. Over the years coun

Posted by Philip on (April 5, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

Motivation. It's little consolation but that's what this has to become for Porterfield and Irish cricket. The world is an unfair place. You don't always get selected when you deserve to. You get a bad umpiring decision when you least need it. You always have to play the big games on someone else's home ground. So make someone pay. Make everyone pay. Whenever you walk onto the field. I certainly hope you do.

Posted by Binod on (April 5, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

I am amazed by some of the comments posted here in agreement with ICC's stupid decision more than the decision itself. C'mon frens, use your brain, we all love cricket and want to spread it all-over, don't we? If yes then will the shutting the doors to aspiring nations serves our purpose? & if not, well... I don have anything to say b'coz I may not see my nation, Nepal, competing in the biggest stage of One day cricket & even this feel is enough to disappoint me. But yes, I will try to love the game even if it turns back to we people. Down with ICC!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

i dnt see wat all the fuss abt the irish is.they played only one good game.so wat,get over it.interesting one off cricket does not warrant full membership.if that was to be so,im sure afghanistan would also have wanted to be considered for full memebership after their perfomance in the last T20 world cup.being a full member is also about domestic structures.i doubt ireland have any worth talking about.zim,bang and west indies,might be minnows and the irish might favour their odds, but these are teams with well developed domestic structures.cricket is an age long sport.there is no way in hell the ICC is going to make a decision based on one tournament.to be a full member u need the backing of one of the power houses.england was there in that meeting and did not vote for ireland or object to the 10 team decision.i doubt england ever will vote for ireland.the english most probably have their reasons...

Posted by Cricket Fan on (April 5, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

Porterfield says absolutely correct. This could mean the death of cricket in a lot of countries.

Posted by Betsy on (April 5, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

2015 no onger World Cup - Just-a-Cup a better name! Spread the news ...... 2015 Just-a-Cup!

Posted by Masud on (April 5, 2011, 10:41 GMT)

I am from BD....fan of Irish cricket. Shame on ICC. The associates should allow one major tournament in a year. Whether T-20 or World cup does not matter....Cricket is for everyone not for the Elites.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:40 GMT)

OK..OK.. ICC, you may have your own reasons (??) to shunt away associates from playing world cups..Do you have guts to mandate all main members to visit associate nations and play bilaterial series, at least once in between world cups?? At least give them a chance to play and get some exposure to these well qualified teams and experienced players..what did you say.. If you can't, cricket's growth will go in reverse direction..

Posted by Jonathan on (April 5, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

I would go as far as saying the ICC is worried about the costs involved with the 2015 World Cup. Australia is by far the most expensive country to tour in. Hotels, flights and general expenses are huge, plus the television side of things is more expensive due to the workforce working for a standard Australia rate, which is only slightly less than the UK. Every venue involves flights. Sydney to Brisbane is12 hours by coach, so you have to fly. Add to that, the lack of interest Australians show for non-Aussie games and you'll have emtpy stadiums all over the place. Take my word for it.....it's a money decision. That's why they are happy to reinvolve from the 2019 one.

Posted by Himanshu on (April 5, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

I agree with whatever Porterfeild has said 100%. ICC must review this stupdi and unjust decision of its and include these teams in the WC. If triming the WC is one of the factors then have some kind of qualifying for countries ranked 7th-14th. and then chose the top 4 teams to play in the mega event. but this is simply shutting the door, which is unacceptable.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

Not only Porterfield,every citizen of the Associate are angry with this decision...Its a sad day for cricket....Its not about Ireland only, other Associate member are also affected..Is this the degradation of cricket???

Posted by Jonathan on (April 5, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

I would go as far as saying the ICC is worried about the costs involved with the 2015 World Cup. Australia is by far the most expensive country to tour in. Hotels, flights and general expenses are huge, plus the television side of things is more expensive due to the workforce working for a standard Australia rate, which is only slightly less than the UK. Every venue involves flights. Sydney to Brisbane is12 hours by coach, so you have to fly. Add to that, the lack of interest Australians show for non-Aussie games and you'll have emtpy stadiums all over the place. Take my word for it.....it's a money decision. That's why they are happy to reinvolve from the 2019 one.

Posted by Ricardo on (April 5, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

In 2003 kenya reached the semi finals of the world cup. They received no help from the ICC and subsequently they have got backwards. Now history is repeating itself. Ireland are right next door to a Full member nation. the core of their squad all play 1st class and/or development cricket in England. Club cricket in Ireland is growing to produce the next generation of professional and national cricketers, and they have a CEO who is trying to adminstratively give Irish cricket a structure. Is the ICC really trying to develop the game? Even though India won the world cup - the big talking point is Ireland. Not for the sake of Irish fans, but for the growth of the game. the amount of asian cricket fans who have responded to this news with dissapointment.......it shows how people feel. I wouldn't be suprised if the 95 associates broke away and done their own thing. Why not??? it's not as if the ICC give a damn!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Why not have a qualifier set of matches for non-test playing nations and the teams ranked at 9 and 10? Let the top 8 teams qualify directly for the world cup. The remaining 6 teams play round robin matches among themselves 1 month prior to the start of the WC. The two top teams from the qualifiers will join the 8 top ranked teams in the WC. I think this would not only motivate the other countries, but also instill confidence in these players when they play against the biggies.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

People in all these countries where cricket is played, should protest against this decision.How can a bunch of people can decide the fate of millions of cricket fans?

Posted by Shibu on (April 5, 2011, 10:26 GMT)

It's a step back ward by the ICC. How do you expect more countries to join in cricket, if they are not allowed to take part in the biggest show of the game? Ireland has shown better mettle than Zimbabwe & Bangladesh. So why doesn't ICC remove either one them and add Ireland. I'll prefer to have 12 teams so that Ireland & Nederlands can play. Anyway it's well known ICC never tries anything for the development of the sport.

Posted by Girik on (April 5, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

@Sudu_putha, four years ago Ireland did better than this year's semi-finalist and winner of the WC. That's right they were better than India. To use your strange logic, why not make the World Cup only consisting of 6 teams? How about India, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and ...? Hmm maybe even 5 teams are good enough. England and NZ are also not close to Aus and Sri Lanka and the Windies have fallen so low. Actually, because the next World Cup is in bouncy Aus and NZ, none of the subcontinental teams will do well. Let's make a World Cup of only Aus, Eng, SA, NZ and WI. And @Makkered, it doesn't help that Ireland lost their best batsman. How would India, Aus or SA play if they permanently lost Sachin, Ponting or De Villiers? Infrastructure is not that important. It is there in many countries. They need play regularly and practise against strong teams. Maybe Aus and Eng should have never played against Ind and WI in the 30's. Ind and WI were even worse than Canada now.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

I fully agree with Porterfield. How are you going encourage cricket to grow? It looks like ICC is monopoly because they are cash rich.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

if they can participate in 2019...how different is it in 2015? ICC is only trying to create sensation by news like this.....what they missed out is their job is promote cricket and not to promote ICC....Dont forget that India which is world cricket market today was minnow for almost 51 years starting their first test match in 1932 till they won 1983 world cup..... SL was novoice in cricket until 1996 is completely world cricket power today....Ireland and Netherland have done reasonably well in cricket.....it is only a matter of time that they would flourish......such decision from ICC is not in the interest of the game

Posted by Ganesh on (April 5, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

is ICC trying to promote the Cricket or limit the cricket to only 10 countries ? We should give the opportunity to the associate countries also !!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

I totally agree with Porterfield. ICC should work for development of the game not the otherway around. I wanted to use whatever is maximum word available in dictionary to support associate nations. Its shame, farce, mindless act and so on..to restrict the other teams from participating. For cricket governing body, developing the game should be utmost important not the money.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

its nw changed to 12 countries then y this site is giving such news.... 2015 will consist of 12 teams.... not 10 teams.... espn cirinfo.....

Posted by Paul on (April 5, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

I agree with most that a "World" governing body cannot just limit the showpiece to the "happy (rich) few". The argument that the difference in quality between the so called established (Test)nations and the rest is to big to justify's the latters' presence to the World Cup is shortsighted. Once you had emerging countries in football and professional cycling who were the laughing stock for many many years, but in the meantime these have become high quality opponents who are capable of doing more than increasing the number of particpants. If the ICC stick to their foolish plan, they should at least be consequent and rename the "World" cup into ICC Cup, since the word World is surely no longer a true reflection of the participating nations!

Posted by Cric on (April 5, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

i reckon other than top 8 teams(IND,SL,SA,AUS,NZ,WI,PAK & ENG) IRELAND is the best one day side. ICC should conduct a tournament for BD,IRE,KEN,ZIM to get qualified for the next world cup 2015 and the venue should be Aus & NZ.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

the associate nations harldy get to play competetive cricket very frequentlyl like the test playing nations do with such a busy schedule all year round.i am sure associate nations players have talent but they are not exposed to as much as the test playing nations are.so a one off tournament once in four years wouldnt get them anywhere. maybe due to sheer luck or brilliance would result in a major upset and that is not going to happen all the time if icc keeps putting them away from the international scene for such a long time. i think a better idea would be to get all test playing nations get together to support the players of the associate nations by getting them regularly involved in domestic cricket of all neighbouring test playing nations which would result in better quality in the performance of the associate nations. this would help icc and all the associate nations a chance to become full test playing nations.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

I am an Irish cricket fan, and for years I watched the World Cup with envy, wishing that Ireland could just take part, and mix it with the big boys. Then came 2007, and despite the fact that the tournament dragged on for too long, for me (and many others) the competition was magical - because WE WERE THERE!!! Finally! And what's more, doing better than India and Pakistan! Then came 2011, and with it came some genuine hope, based on our performances four years earlier. Sure, we blew it against Bangladesh and the Windies, but we came away with two creditable victories, and could conceivably have qualified for the quarter finals. But the main point is that we were improving, and justifying our place at the top table. That's all gone now. And it will probably never come back. Thanks, ICC.

Posted by Peter on (April 5, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

This is a disgrace. As an Irish fan who has sat up many long nights on cricinfo trying to follow Ireland's progress around the world against Canada and the like, I have seen this team grow in stature and confidence. Now they have been slapped in the face. We have great players coming through and are no longer reliant on Oz and SA players coming to Ireland. Where's the future for Dockrell and Stirling? We need to play more (thanks to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England for games this summer) to build up the pressure. And we need Indian fans behind us.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

To Makkered and Sudu_putha - yes, Ireland won't win the World Cup yet, but look at the other teams who are in. Bangladesh embarrassed the competition with two sub-80 scores, and Zimbabwe are ranked below Ireland. You don't have to have 6 poor teams in the World Cup, just have a playoff for two. This is disgusting - it will really damage the future of the gam in ireland, after all the good work of the last 6 years.

Posted by Ainsley on (April 5, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

Both the ICC and the Test playing nations should be ashamed. ICC clearly are not interested in cricket development and the Test playing nations are clearly hell bent on keeping cricket as a second rate sport in global terms so as to preserve their self interest. Iit is really unrecognisable as a major sport outside of a few countries and will only get a narrorwer recognition with this decision. FIFA and Sepp Blatter are another sporting authority that looks after their selfish self interests but at least they recognise that the World Cup needs to be a truly global competition and that only by doing so will the game continue to flourish (as will their wallets). Sure the format is nonsense. Even with four groups of four, two games a day the World Cup could be two weeks shorter and with smaller groups in the first round the 3rd batch of games will still mean something....footballl fully understands this. Get a life ICC and Test nations.

Posted by Eyal on (April 5, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

As an Indian fan I have to say this decision is not right. In the leige games when India played Irlanda nd Holland it was not an easy game and the victory was not obvious. Irland has shown a significunt progress and if hey get a chance they can devrelope into a test playing country. same as Holland. Kenya played in the semi final of the world cup ( ! ) 8 years ago ! Part of worldcup magic is that there is a stage for few more countries to play and not only the regular iliut countries. A better decision would be to accomodate in the tournment the 12 teams. 8 best ranked teams and 4 who qualify from qualification stages. This will give chance to teams like Irland to play in worldcup and on the other way it will make teams like Zimbabwe, prove their place in the tournment by performance and not by past status. CHANGE THE DECISION ICC !!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

Disappointing decision by the ICC yet again. Every Sri Lankan knows that we wouldn't have won a world cup and appeared in two other finals without being given the opportunity to prove ourselves on the biggest stage. We all know indian channels aren't making enough money from games featuring associate nations but having ireland appear in a world cup is in the best interests of the game. They're not asking for test status, they're not asking for more money, they're not asking for upgrades to infrastructure, they're not asking to host a world cup, they just want to be given the right to play in a world cup which we all know they fully deserve.

Posted by Brendan on (April 5, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

As an Irishman & a supporter of cricket for almost 20 years, I can understand some of the comments saying that cricket is an underdeveloped sport in Ireland, and that the infrastructure is not there to warrant test status. I agree with all of this, but people outside of Ireland don't realise how much the game has grown in the last 4 years as a result of participation in the last 2 world cups and, to a lesser extent, a T20 world cup. This growth will surely suffer as a result of not having a chance to play in a world cup until 2019. Any good player we produce now will almost certainly declare for England, and who could blame them. Ireland performed admirably against all of the top sides. The SA result being our worst and our only really heavy defeat. Bangladesh scored 58 v WI & 78 v SA, and they were playing at home!! And Zimbabwe didn't exactly cover themselves in glory either. All I ask for is a chance to qualify for 2015. If we fail, then fine, but at least give us a chance.

Posted by Sameer on (April 5, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

I completely agree with porterfield.. Decisions like these force players like morgan to consider "other options". Perhaps, ICC shud make them play more and more trination series.

Posted by Bhanu on (April 5, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

Agree this is a joke. I am a Sri Lankan, Sri Lanka played 1975 and 1979 WC as associates. In 1996 SL won the WC. England one of the oldest test playing countries and where Cricket originated has still not won it. Organising the the tournament is hard, then how do they do the football world cup with so many countries and so much more fans. It just shows the incompetency of the ICC. You should not treat countries this way. I think the ICCs decision shows the spoilt brat attitude of the ICC. Where is the spirit of Cricket. This is just not Cricket.

Posted by Luke on (April 5, 2011, 9:52 GMT)

So, the "world cup," the one with only ten countries. Should be the "test playing nations cup."

How can the ICC expect Ireland and the Netherlands to get higher rankings by only playing scotland and other associates but not test teams.

It will be so the schedule can have T20 "cricket" which everybody hates

Posted by perran on (April 5, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

I agreed with Porterfield. I honestly think a better compromise could have been reached - perhaps 12 nations instead of 14? It is also about time that Ireland became a full member of the ICC. As for T20, well, this World Cup proved why the longer formats are better.

Posted by chandana on (April 5, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

a 12 team world cup would have been the better solution, coupled with another tournament on the same format for the associates. the issue minnows face is lack of competitive cricket over a continuous period of time, not even among themselves. ICC has to look into this aspect and make provisions for A Team tours from the formidable teams like Australia, India Sri lanka South Africa. Ireland was the standout of the minnows while each of the others had their moments but consistancy was the missing link. iF it is a question of quality v quantity then there must be only 8 teams in WC 'cos Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and West Indies all failed to justify their full member status.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

Another heart breaking decision after loosing the finals to India as I am Sri lankan.It is ridiculous.At least one or two top quality associate teams like Ireland should be given a chance.Irish should start a campaign worldwide to gain support for their inclusion.They have a strong case to fight.

Posted by Naaz on (April 5, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

good for you vivek singh. The way Bangladesh and West Indies played, Ireland played far better than the two ICC teams!!!. The decision has been taken by ICC and i am sure is at the command of we all know, money is now everything, no wonder IPL is given more priority. One day you will find players not willing to play for their country but will opt to play for these money making gimmicks. LOL

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

@DaisonGARVASIS Ireland played a four day match and an ODI series against Zimbabwe where they were comprehensively beaten. They did not even manage to go to the Intercontenental Cup finals last year. Afganistan plays better than Ireland but that is no reason for it to Challenge the likes of ZIM. Get your facts straight first before you make comments.

Posted by hunter on (April 5, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

I think no. of team in WC 2015 should be 12. I understand the ICC wants to improve the quality of ODI and also time schedule matter in WC, However they can follow some plan such as Top 08 team will directly qualify(though they have 10 test playing nation and below 02 team cann't perform up to mark and with consistency so far in WC) and rest all the team have to play qualifier match and top 04 will get chance to play WC. So quality will be displayed.And in WC i think all team should play each other once ,like IPL which find out the real CHAMP.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

Reducing it to 12 would have been fair, 10 its too much. What next directly start from semi final ??? WORLD CUP is the only grand stage where so called small teams can get enough exposure and improve.SHAME ON ICC.Well said Porterfield.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 9:43 GMT)

Is ICC building cricket as a world sport or killing it?

Posted by Fawad on (April 5, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

Agreed with Porterfield, learn ICC, learn from this World Cup how cool the Associate teams can be.

Posted by John on (April 5, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

I totally agree with Porterfield. I, for one, enjoy watching the minnows challenge the bigger nations. Watching how the pressure builds as the minnows get close - its great.

The next world Cup should have 4 pools of 4 teams (16 teams) - 2 strong & 2 'weak' teams in each pool with the top 2 going through to the knock-out stages. You could even have the bottom 2 going through to a 'shield' tournament. This can make the tournament shorter and more exciting as NRR come into play much more when you only get to play 3 games.

All in all, this will result in more games, less one-sided games, better cricket development. And if an full member nation gets eliminated - all the better. This simply shows that associates are getting better.

Please don't shut them out!!

Posted by Gayan on (April 5, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

Shame on the ICC. This is purely a decision based on political and financial reasons rather than sporting merit. The Irish definitely deserves a place, but I can somewhat understand the ICC trying to avoid another case on Kenya. But I think rather than trying to shut the associates out of the world cup, they should be entered into a qualifying league where only the top 2 teams qualify for the world cup. ICC talks about global expansion of cricket, yet they don't realise that the players should be motivated. T20 is great for cricket and a lot of excitement has been bought into the game, but it's just a "big bash". With the exception of fielding, T20 has very little cricketing skills. The best players would want to test themselves in real cricket situations rather than trying to hit a boundary every ball. The ICC should change it's tag line to "Show me the money"!!!!!

Posted by Mufaddal on (April 5, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

Instead of encouraging cricket, they have discouraged cricket. Atleast Irish performed much much better than Kenya, Zimbabwe and would also say similar to Bangladesh. ICC 'S DECISION IS STUPID.

Posted by Dominic on (April 5, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

"Ireland has improved, but not good enough for the big stage. You beat eng, but that doesn't mean you have to play in the world cup. Associate countries have to understand that they have to go long way to even get close to countries like Aus, Sri Lanka... Good decision ICC"

Ireland ran a full strength Australia close in an ODI not so long ago (http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/426384.html). Ireland are higher ranked than Zimbabwe, and in four years time might be higher ranked than Bangladesh too if they carry on with their rate of progress - why should they be excluded while Zimbabwe and Bangladesh get in - other than the fact that they aren't part of the correct ICC voting block? Good on you Porterfield!

Posted by Bidhan on (April 5, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

Shocking decision by ICC. World does not belong to 10 countries.

If only best team played in football world cup there would have been only teams from Europe and South America. No teams from Asia, africa and australia would have got chance. ONe have to accept when you play lower teams there would bound to be some one sided match. In recent football world cup North Korea was beaten 7-0, similarly in one of the recent world cup Germany beat saudi arabia 8-0. Even in rugby South Africa won by about 100-0.

One have to accept one day matches are normally one sided. Even bangaldesh got out for below 100 twice, pakistan lost by hundred runs, west indies , england lost by 10 wickets. But these things are part and parcel of the game.

One should not reduce number of teams but reduce number of MEANINGLESS matches. They had 21 meaningless matches in group A as we all knew who would qualify. Play groups with lower number of teams , then even the match against minnows become meaningful.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 9:32 GMT)

look how ireland has performed in the world cup.they have beaten two test playing nations and netherlands are not bad.reducing the teams to 10 in the world cup will be harm to the future of cricket in other parts of the world as icc is looking to expand beyond the horizon of traditional cricketing countries.

Posted by mayank on (April 5, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

I think that teams like Kenya and Zimbabwe should be thrown out of next world cup instead.

Posted by Clayton on (April 5, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

Totally agree with most of the comments on this site. This decision by the ICC is the death knell for expanding the game beyond the 8 established powers along with Zim and Bangladesh. The Members who voted for this really, REALLY need to take a looong hard look at themselves and ask 'where exactly are they taking world cricket?'. The answer is oblivion.

If they want a shorter world cup, then fine have a pre comp qualifier tournament...or have the TOP 10 ODI sides automatically qualify (whoever they might be) But please, don't insult our intelligence by claiming this decision is good for the global game. Right now I see the count down to the next IPL ticking away. I fear that encapsulates quite well what cricket's 'leaders' really care about.

Posted by Benzim on (April 5, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

its not a healthy decision. this is not good for cricket as well as not for those countries which r unable to play the World cup 2015.with due respect to all board members of ICC requesting for re-consider the decision for sake of cricket.

All the best.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

well icc on one hand aims at promoting the game in non cricketing nations and on the other hand does things like this. why this double standard??? until n unless beaurocrats stay out of cricket nothing is gonna work n cricket wont b able to expand. a sports body should constitute of 90% sportsmen n restbeaurocrats not the other way round. its shameful to hear this. ... cricket is going nowhere from this point

Posted by Dheeban on (April 5, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

Can someone ask ICC the rationale behind this decision? I mean, there has to be some press conference, media session, isn't it? Come on, ICC, how do you explain not having a qualifier or some sort for 2015 to give a chance to teams like Ireland that was more impressive than Zimababwe? Let's hear the reason to not want a team like Ireland in 2015 WC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

I suggest that cricinfo takes a lead in this. I am not saying that it should take a stand but atleast what it can do is gauge the popular mood of the viewers across the globe and send a message to ICC on their behalf.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

Its hilarious mistake by ICC. Now its a great time for the game and right time to spread throughout the world. This decision may cause premature death of cricket in many countries, which eventually harm the game in the long run. There are many alternative ways: There should be a qualifying round between non test-playing nations or 10+ ranked countries where 2 to 4 teams can qualify to participate in WC.

Posted by Philip on (April 5, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

Imagine where Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe would have been if not for the exposure that they received to perform along the test playing nations when they were associates. I hope these countries back the Associate nations in their bid.

Who is running the ICC? Is it the big money spinnning nations? There is this tendancy to bring cricket in line with business which bases its viability on margins and overheads. You cannot introduce the same thought process in cricket. You need to nurture cricket. We need the nurseries, we need to give them the incentives, the exposure for some of the associate nations to perform on the big stage. I remember SriLanka in 1975 gave the Aussies a good run for their money. The great Dennis Lillee went wicket less and Thomson had only one victim? Are we going to deprive the teams now? How about the victories that the Associate teams have had? Ignore them too? What is the message that we are sending out? Get of your high horses. Philip Gnana, Surrey

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

u r right mr Porterfield. associate cricket nations will lost their interest for ODIs. Cricket globe will be squeezed. Just look at football world cups...there are strong teams ang weak teams also..... its all about qualifying for world cup....thats why it is the greatest show on earth. ICC now has decided to walk on the wrong side. they should try to promote the associates by giving them chances in the events like world cups.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

Rubbish Decision.... ICC s out of their mind..... We needed more n more teams playing in WC....

Posted by avaneesh on (April 5, 2011, 8:54 GMT)

I agree with Porterfield. ICC could have changed the format of WC league matches by creating more groups with simultaneous matches which will bring more interest in initial stage itself. They have responsibility to encourage associates to become full pledged members by creating more oppertunities for them. There should be more ODI series involving these coutries. Whenever a full memeber country makes a tour to other full member country, one of these associate ountry also can be called to make the series like tri series.

Posted by jana on (April 5, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

No one don't know whats In ICC Mind.In what Way Zimbabwe is better than Ireland. Money minded ICC don't want to improve Cricket instead they just look to fill their Pocket. As a Huge ireland fan i feel it must be included. istead of trimming why not conduct worldcup quallifier played across different minnow countries. Top2 team will fit into each group making 6 Teams in one group. Show your support its not only Ireland there are other part still start to play cricket. I hope ICC should revise it decision.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

The decision made by ICC is not in best interest of cricket as it really does shut the doors for countries like Ireland.

Posted by Narendra on (April 5, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

How can you call this as a WORLD CUP with ONLY 10 countries participating....look at football, hockey, thats what you call really a WORLD cup with the entire world countries participation. Wake Up ICC

Posted by Satish on (April 5, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

I completely agree with Porterfield's frustration. ICC needs to reconsider their decision. If other countries had shutoff India & Srilanka in 70's when one day cricket was coming into terms, we wouldn't have seen India and Srilanka winning world cups. World cup is one stage these associate nations get a chance to showcase their talent. Denying an opportunity is not a way to go ahead. In case of Ireland, most of the current good cricketers will not get a chance to become role model for the new kids to take up cricket in Ireland.

During current worldcup, there were lots of games that were one sided. If you wish to raise the level of interest, qualifying tournament was the way to go. Get all associate nations compete and let top 3 join the rest of the test playing countries in the fight for the world up. As a fan of cricket, I would like to request ICC to reconsider their decision and give deserving nations a chance participate in the next world cup.

Posted by Allrounder on (April 5, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

I fully agree with Porterfield . What is a world cup with 10 teams after all. The more the merrier. As it is we always see test playing nations battling out one another throughout the year and let there be a refreshing change atleast in world cup. Ohterwise call it ICC cup and not world cup.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

I agree with Porterfield. An odd decision from ICC. Playing cricket within 10 nations would have no meaning if all of associates died until 2019; it's too boring to see the same faces around the world cricket every time. We want some fresh blood to this cricket world. And ICC should remind it in their mind that cricket is not their inherited business, it is the way to spread peace among nations.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

Shame on you ICC.This ain't right...Your Guys must give them a Test Status..What lack of confidence they showed up in a 2011 CWC..Think more about this decision..ICC your guys getting stinky day by day..Now it's time to give them a Test status without that how can they improve their Abilities............It's time for a big change guys

Posted by A on (April 5, 2011, 8:37 GMT)

it should be the top 10 ranked teams at least, let ireland in ahead of zimbabwe if they cant hold their own in the rankings by the next qualifying cut off date! Irish skipper is absolutely right.

Posted by Simon on (April 5, 2011, 8:34 GMT)

ICC have proved, once again, that they're only interested in the money the 'big' teams bring in. They have proved time and again that the welfare of the players doesn't interest them - hence the ridiculously long tours with thousands of pointless but financially beneficial ODI matches, and now they've shown complete disdain for the work done by anyone outside the top tier. I'm assuming NZ will be next on the chopping block as our 4 million population doesn't generate enough revenue to keep them in shiny cars and plush Middle East offices. They're unfit to govern. Maybe we should just leave them to it so they can have a 'World Cup' in the manner of the US 'World Series', and only allow one team to play.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

Ireland did so well in this edition. I think they should be included in the future world cups too. They have a strong batting order. Kevin O'Brien was brilliant. Porterfield, Stirling, Niall and Joyce were good. They would have defeated India if it wasn't for Yusuf Pathan's finish. Their Bowling is also good with Dockrell, Johnston and Rankin leading from the front.

Posted by Selvam on (April 5, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Dear Ireland, As a cricket lover for 20 years. We dont want farce matches were minnows are being trashed. Agreed Ireland has put up a better performance. But considering the status of the other minnows as whole they need to up their ante to compete in similar footing. There are spots to grab, so play well to grab the spot. You tour the nations. ICC is supporting you to play the permanent members. But issue is cricketing infrastructure has to be developed in conjunction with the local government also. So may be ICC is thinking it is still lacking. That is why they might have been put on the performance basis.

Posted by indy on (April 5, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Ireland has improved, but not good enough for the big stage. You beat eng, but that doesn't mean you have to play in the world cup. Associate countries have to understand that they have to go long way to even get close to countries like Aus, Sri Lanka... Good decision ICC

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

I agree with Porterfield. Ireland was outstanding in it the match against England in this CWC 2011. That proved that they can do something. They are way better that the Bangladesh team in this world cup. They almost scored a good score in every match they played in this CWC 2011. They just need some more experience. That's all. I'm sure they can qualify in to the Quarter Finals in the Next World Cup if they could participate it it. After all How can a team who beats just 9 other teams become WORLD CHAMPIONS!??

Posted by Fabian on (April 5, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

Well said. unbelievable decision. If you think about how some of the leading countries have been playing lately, West Indies and NZ (Where i'm from) it now seems possible that in 4 years we might get the boot, i believe that all countries have the right to qualify and that the more countries that play the more that cricket can develop in young lives. I wonder if Australia went through a years worth of defeats (Which is possible) that they'd shut down cricket funding there? and if you respond to that with the "That will never happen" or "They have enough cricketing in their country to come back from it," consider, then, how you can justify not giving other(Capable) countries the chance to justify their own means of succeeding... Ireland did great, and beat a team that represented basically the entirety of the U.K., i think they deserve the right to be playing along side a proven countries. Prove me wrong, i enjoy reading.

Posted by Chris on (April 5, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

well said Mr. Porterfield. ICC are scared that the big teams might be challenged by Ireland so throw them out as they don't want to risk losing $$$$$

Posted by Rizwan on (April 5, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

ICC now has completely lost it. It was so good to see the performance of Irelan and Netherlands but now there will be no fun in watching the less important matches of the 2015 World Cup

Posted by Siddhant on (April 5, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

Really! It's a disgrace! Haroon Lorgat absoluely sucks!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

This is a very sad day for Cricket.You can't call this now World cup of cricket-It is a competition of cricket cup of 10 ICC members.ICC is killing cricket as an International sport by this stupid act at the behest of some powerful full time ICC nations-(read Australia,England,NZ).

Posted by Mark on (April 5, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

This is an absolute disgrace, Porterfield has every right to be angry. ICC hang your head in shame, this is one of the worst decisions you have ever made.

Posted by Daison on (April 5, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

All is not lost yet. If a decision is wrong, there is still time it's corrected. The decision to reduce the number of teams can be given some credit as all of the Associates were not up to the mark. But to completely shut whole lot out is not the wise thing to do. There can be a qualification process and the lower ranked full members needs to sweat it out with the top ranked associates to get in to the world cup. That would even make the "non-consequential" bi-lateral series more interesting so much so that every game would be taken more seriously as it may affect the placement in ranking and thus eventually the qualification to the world cup. By the way, Zimbabwe is no comparison to Ireland at the moment. And if Ireland had the Test Status I don't think they would lose to Zimbabwe. What are the criteria to be "air-marked" as the Full member anyway?? Zimbabwe was in shambles recently and now you call them FULL MEMEBER??? Do they play Test Matches these days?

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

Its a farce, a shame in all regards. I don't understand how the pathetic display by bangladesh and zimbabwe in this world cup gets them to qualify for the next world cup while Ireland's determined performance gets them a shove off the table. What this is going to do is to make only T20 a global sport and after a decade we will have the scenario where 20 teams will play T20 world cup, 10 teams will join ODI world cup and the big 4 of test nations will be the only ones playing the tests. The ICC has clearly set its priorities wrong. Probably we as fans should also do something against this high handed behavior of ICC and some money minded cricket boards.To start with I am going to boycott IPL in protest.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

I totally agree with Porterfield here. An absolutely horrendous decision designed to make sure that none of the full members embarrass themselves, but effectively shutting the developing teams out of high-level cricket. By 2019 most of the countries would have lost interest due to there being nothing to aspire to. The teams like Ireland are the heart and soul of the World Cup and it certainly won't be a 'World' Cup without them.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

My heart goes out to Ireland, they proved they belong in the competition by beating one of the pre tournamant favourites England & that fastest ever century was one of the most thrilling moments of this world cup, another disgraceful & influenced decision by the ICC, 'Get your house in order'...

Posted by Waqas on (April 5, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

Ireland was the most exciting and consistent team in the World Cup 2011 and its really sad to know that ICC took this wrong decision. I am agree 110% with Porterfield here. Few ICC full members just want to earn money and they dont care about cricket promotion all over the world. I hope ICC will reconsider his decision. We want to see Ireland in next World Cup.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

ICC is full of politicians so thats what is gonna happen... they want more money from the game not thinking much in building the game in other contries

Posted by Jay on (April 5, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

Porterfield is absolutely right. Even if the ICC thinks shortening the length of the WC, will add to its value, there are other ways of doing that than writing off the associates and neutralising the incentives and expectations built up by their past involvement. Maybe the ICC has never heard of a relegation system which would allow the associates to compete and qualify for the WC by a KO system against the last two or even three of the ODI rankings on any predetermined cut-off date. I sincerely thought it was the ICC's declared objective to make cricket a global sport. How do they expect to achieve that by disqualifying all but 10 of its permanent members for its marquee event? The just ended WC went a long way in proving that the associates belong in there, if only by qualification. Clearly this decision has Australia's handwriting all over it. A very silly and myopic decision.

Posted by Lucas on (April 5, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

This is a joke. How can it be called a World Cup if teams that are good enough to compete and have shown that in the last World Cup, are shut out. Cricket will never be a world sport if the governing bodies pull stunts like this. Ask any cricket loving fan out there if they think it's a good idea and I guarantee that 99% will give you a big fat no. Spectators love watching the smaller nations battle it out against the giants of cricket. To make a bigger fuss over Twenty20 is just the first step in a rapidly declining sport. When the World Cup comes to Australia/NZ in 2015 I will be one of many who will not buy a ticket and rightly so. To deny so many countries and players that have worked hard and played by the rules for so long the chance to play for their nations honour is a disgrace and the ICC should be ashamed. But I guess money talksand bullshit walks these days.

Posted by Manesh on (April 5, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

sorry to hear that. Ireland is a better team than Kenya , Zim and BD.

Posted by Agam on (April 5, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

Really a bad decision by ICC It is like stopping other emerging nations to play cricket n the development of the game...

Posted by Imran on (April 5, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

Teams should boycott this tournament, this is nonsense, how can you expect associate teams to compete in top tier tournaments if they arent given this chance???? If they arent allowed to play in the world cup then at least create a club world league as football does for the UEFA Champions League and let associate teams compete at the highest level, Porterfield is right, this is an ABSOLUTE DISGRACE... Cricket is going downhill when all other sports are just taking over and spreading worldwide without boundaries.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

not a good decision at all...if ICC can increase the number of teams to 16 and divide to 4 groups of each 4 countries...would be an encouragement to growing cricket nations...

Posted by Chris on (April 5, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

Thank god they don't run the FIFA World Cup else it'd only be out of Germany, France, Spain, England, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay. In 80 years of FIFA World Cups there's only been 8 countries win it, yet you don't see FIFA kicking out the lesser countries. In fact, they had 32 countries at the 2010 FIFA World Cup out of their 208 member countries. There's just no excuse for cricket only allowing 10 of their 105 member countries to participate. How elitist!

Posted by David on (April 5, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

Correction to the text. Last Paragraph but 2. "Porterfield said the decision to expand the Twenty20 World Cup to 16 teams was adequate compensation". The word "not" is missing - as is shown by the quote later in the same paragraph: "They say it's a compensation but I can't agree with that"

Posted by Sandeep on (April 5, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

I guess there will not be any better example for the 'This is just not cricket' jargon. Truly feel for the Irish. ICC has outdone themselves this time. Surely there can be enough pressure built by cricket lovers around the world to get this decision reviewed and possibly changed. Come on Ireland, fight for it. Come up with a platform where people all over the world can come forward and support you. This way enough pressure can be built to get this overturned.

Posted by bruce on (April 5, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

absolute joke. Ireland have earned their place outright this world cup - what message does this give other nations? The ICC just make one bad decision after another

Posted by Andrew on (April 5, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

The most unfunniest joke I've heard in a while. Planned right the T20 W/Cup could have 64 Teams & be sudden death the whole way thru. With proper seeding, the big boys won't face off until about the final 16 teams anyways. There would only be a few more games then in the 2011 50/50 W/Cup. The 50/50 W/Cup could be played with 16 teams- less games, all meaningful matches (there will be the odd slaughter), then straight into the QTR Finals. Minnows would get at least 1 game against a team of comparable ability.The only "drawback" is that a Test team COULD be bundled out if they lose 2 matches in the Pool games.The question then needs to be asked - if a test team loses 2 games in the Pool matches, are they worth being in the finals? Based on the 2011 W/Cup, any match involving Zim or Bang could end in a thrashing, thats potentially 1 in 5 games anyway. The ICC have done good work creating pathways for emerging nations, but this just chops them off at the knees. Nobody cares about T20 WCup!

Posted by Caleb on (April 5, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

Ireland deserve to be there! Yes the mismatches are a waste of time, i think it should be a twelve team competition... It will allow for the associate nations to fight for the remaining 2 (4 if you exclude Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) spots and still allow those nations to develop.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

We agree with Mr.William,These ICC governing body and the decion makers are no less then a bunch of jokers!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

This is a pathetic decision by ICC. Ireland was far more superior to Bangladesh, Kenya, or Zimbabwe the way they played the game. It would be a good move by the ICC if they actually selected the bottom 4 teams on the basis of their performances over the coming years. Giving Ireland a chance only in the world cup would only be a disgrace.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

I completely agree with Porterfield . this decision will haveenormous effect on world cricket.if you look at bangladesh. lot's of people didn't know cricket or they did not have much interest in cricket before bangladesh got change in to the world cup. so as a cricket fan i strongly oppose this decision. i think Ireland played very well in this world cup. and they also have some very good players. that's mean there cricket is improving. i hope ICC will reconsider there decision.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

ICC is Joking....one side it is spending money to develop Cricket in pleases even in Places where Cricket currently means an Insect and not a game....On the other hand teams like Ireland and Netherland rejected out of worldcup

Posted by Deepak on (April 5, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

It is indeed a disgrace. Both Ireland and Netherlands showed lot of potential in the world cup.

There are various formulas that could be worked out. A reserved slot for 1 or 2 teams which could be decided through a qualification system Qualification based on ICC rankings on a particular cut off date

If they can get an opportunity to play any of the top 6 teams atleast twice a year, they could improve a lot. Its a shame that Associates are being ruled out without any reason.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

Very pity to see Ireland being shunted out. It's one team with great attitude, good skills. They are the team which needs to be encouraged and brought to the next level. This would definitely dampen their spirits. Their attitude is much better than West indies and some of the regular members. Sad!

Posted by Jashanpreet on (April 5, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

I totally agree with Potterfield. First ICC give a tight slap by making the World Cup at 10 nation Cup. Ok they made it 10 nation, but where is the qualification for the World Cup and then how can you call it World Cup. Atleast make it a 12 nation World Cup

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

absolute rubbish icc..... i dun kno what the hell are they thinking.........

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

I just cant understand one thing, if ICC is gonna allow 10 teams ,and if Ireland is ranked 10th , then the door is open for them right?

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

Minnow teams have hardly any followers back home so why should these countries bother so much about the WC. ICC is fair enough to keep the 50 Over WC to the 10 most Cricket Crazy countries...for the others there will always be chance to play the 20 over format.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

Ireland Must Be Given Test Status By Now They Are Far Better Cricket Team Than Zimbabwe and bangladesh Ireland Crushed england

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

This is bull, I am a 120% behind what Porterfield said, this is really going to be a glorified Champions Trophy. Cricket in Countries like Ireland and Canada and even the 'States is going to die out, what do they have to fight for now?

Posted by Krish on (April 5, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

This is a disgraceful decision from the ICC. If the ICC is selecting teams on the basis of performance then teams like West Indies, Zimbabwe, Kenya should also be sacked from playing the WC 2015. The Test status of West Indies & New Zealand should also be taken away. This is just ridiculous. Ireland's performance in this World Cup was a matter to be proud of and instead of appreciating their efforts the ICC is demoralizing them on shutting them out. Shame for ICC to take up such decisions.

Posted by C P on (April 5, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

Shame on ICCs decision, at least they should have included 12 teams to make a balance.

Instead of developing the cricket into a world level game they are getting into a shell to make it a niche game.

Big Test Playing Boards should stand against the decision, at least we expect BCCI to do so (and they have the clout to change the decision too), since they know how a small Indian team went on to win the World Cup twice.

. . . to sum up . . . it is really annoying.

Posted by alex on (April 5, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

I'm with you all the way William. It is an absolute disgrace. If they want to shorten the tournament then how about insuring the teams don't have week long breaks between matches

Posted by Hemantha on (April 5, 2011, 7:15 GMT)

This decision will prevent the development of Cricket in the world...

Posted by Chris on (April 5, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

I wish there was something we the public could do.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:11 GMT)


Lets unite as 1 people who believe in the development of cricket page join this petition and lets support the associate nations

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Too bloody right, I agree whole heartedly with Porterfield on this one. I cannot see the logic in making a WORLD cup restricted to just the 10 test playing nations. I thought the idea, of what is a globally minor sport, was to increase it's membership and participation? I don't believe this is going to do anything of the sort. I am a Kiwi who was looking forward to a full complement of 12 or 14 nations playing in 2015, but this kind of puts a dampner on things. ICC sort your sh*t out.

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