Axing the associates

In 2014 the ICC decided to cut its marquee event, the 50-over World Cup, to ten teams from the 2019 tournament. The impact of this is expected to fall squarely on the Associate members, who had four representatives in 2015, and the response has seen sharp criticism of the decision

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Throw open the gates to the Associates

Keeping them in the World Cup will inspire their countrymen to dream bigger and also prevent the game from being monopolised by a small club

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ICC news

Porterfield attacks ICC mentality

Ireland's captain William Porterfield has not yet signed the petition for the retention of a 14-team World Cup, but based on his rhetoric at the Gabba on Tuesday, that can only be a matter of time

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ICC news

UAE coach criticises World Cup plans

UAE coach Aaqib Javed, a World Cup winner with Pakistan in 1992, has become the latest figure to voice dissent at ICC plans to reduce future tournaments to ten teams

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UAE v Zimbabwe, World Cup 2015, Group B, Nelson

UAE's fight further flouts ten-nation World Cup theory

In Nelson, UAE offered further proof, if it was necessary, that the ICC's theory of leaving the Associates out of the next World Cup is a load of rubbish

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World Cup 2015

Last chance for greatness to go global

Let's hope World Cup fever still proves to be catching, because the ICC has decided to limit its horizons from here on out

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World Cup 2015

'Difficult to guarantee Associates games' - Richardson

ICC chief executive David Richardson has conceded that it is hard to guarantee large numbers of games for leading Associate teams Ireland and Afghanistan in their attempts to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in England

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World Cup 2015

Mommsen calls for 'level playing field'

Preston Mommsen, the Scotland captain, said Associate nations to play more cricket with Full Member countries in order to compete better at tournaments like the World Cup