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The ICC's decision to revamp its marquee event, the 50-over World Cup, by excluding the Associate members from the 2015 event has been sharply criticised by the smaller nations
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Apr 18, 2014

The rise of the Associates

Features: Cricket below the international top tier is well structured, with incentives for teams that do well. It's a pity the Test-playing world doesn't take a leaf out of their book

Firdose Moonda

Mar 14, 2014

What do the ICC proposals mean for the Associates?

Guest Column: They essentially uphold the inequity in the treatment of the Associates when compared to the lowest-performing Full Members

Tim Wigmore

Dec 31, 2011

The Ireland story and others

Review 2011: The lack of support from the ICC towards the Associates and Affiliates did not deter one team. For the rest, it wasn't a great year

Martin Williamson

Nov 24, 2011

Full Members opposed 10-team World Cup - Lorgat

News: Haroon Lorgat, the ICC CEO, has said the unwillingness of the 10 Full Members to adopt a qualification system for the 50-over World Cup failed to pave the way for a 10-team event in 2015

Nagraj Gollapudi

Oct 11, 2011

ICC spells out 2015 WC qualification plan

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jun 27, 2011

Qualifying event revives Associate hopes for 2015

News: On Monday, the Chief Executives' Committee recommended to the Board a qualification tournament for 2015, without specifying the number of slots open to the Associates

Sharda Ugra in Hong Kong

Jun 26, 2011

Will the right decisions be taken?

Sharda Ugra: On the face of it, the answers to the questions confronting the ICC at its conference are straightforward. But that doesn't account for machinations behind the scenes

Sharda Ugra

Jun 24, 2011

Associates hope for World Cup lifeline

News: Associate nations will discover whether they will be given a chance to appear at the 2015 World Cup when the structure of tournament is debated once again at the ICC's annual conference

Andrew McGlashan

May 29, 2011

Another Full-Member scalp will help - Johnston

News: Trent Johnston has stressed on the importance of beating Pakistan in Belfast, saying that another Full-Member scalp will strengthen Ireland's case to be considered for the 2015 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 11, 2011

Cricket Committee suggests qualifiers for 2015 WC

News: the ICC Cricket Committee has recommended there be a qualifying process for the 2015 World Cup after a two-day meeting at Lord's

Liam Brickhill and Andrew McGlashan

Apr 24, 2011

Vaughan irked by 2015 World Cup uncertainty

News: Justin Vaughan, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive, has defended the 2015 World Cup's likely ten-team format while urging the ICC to reach a swift decision on the qualification process

ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 20, 2011

'World Cup should have 10 best teams' - CA

News: Co-hosts Australia want the 2015 World Cup to be contested by the 10 teams that most deserve to be there.

Daniel Brettig

Apr 19, 2011

'Associates future must be decided in June'

News: ICC president Sharad Pawar has requested the council's executive board to reconsider the composition of the 2015 World Cup during the ICC 's annual conference in Hong Kong in end-June 2011

Andrew Miller and ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 19, 2011

Associates to step up pressure, force ICC U-turn

News: The Associate countries are confident of contesting the ICC's decision to block their access to the 2015 World Cup after receiving advice from prominent sports lawyers. They plan on mobilising opinion ahead of the ICC's meeting in June and have not ruled

Andrew Miller and ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 17, 2011

What next for Canada?

Guest Column: Now that they won't get to play the next World Cup, what direction will their development take? And will they continue to receive funding from the ICC?

Faraz Sarwat

Apr 11, 2011

Ireland could play 15 ODIs a year against Full Members

News: Ireland, who have been controversially excluded from the next World Cup, could still play up to 15 one-day internationals against Full Members each year between now and 2015

ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 9, 2011

Irish Government offers support

News: The Irish Government has offered its support to the cricket board as they consider how to respond to the ICC vote to make the 2015 World Cup a 10-team tournament

ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 6, 2011

'Main reason is to protect Bangladesh and Zimbabwe'

News: The ICC's decision to exclude Associates from the 2015 World Cup has been met with understandable disappointment from Scotland and Bermuda

ESPNcricinfo staff

Apr 6, 2011

Decision 'insular and backward' - Malcolm Speed

News: Former ICC chief Malcolm Speed says the Associate nations' lock-out for the 2015 World Cup is "insular and backward-looking"

Daniel Brettig

Apr 5, 2011

Simmons lashes out at 'despicable' ICC

News: Ireland's coach Phil Simmons has joined the clamour of condemnation following the decision to limit the 2015 World Cup to just the ten Test-playing nations, describing the move as "despicable"

ESPNcricinfo staff
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