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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ICC news

'Associates better off despite World Cup cutback' - Tim Anderson

Despite the prospect of a 10-team World Cup being confirmed at the end of this week's ICC Annual Conference, Tim Anderson, the ICC head of global development, says Associate cricket overall is "in a much better place now than say it was six or 12 months a

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Cricket needs to stop being parochial

The best Associates need a shot at Test cricket immediately, as opposed to the more tedious pathway via the Intercontinental Cup

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The Zaltzmeister

Common sense 1, Logistics 0

A tweak here, a tweak there and voilĂ  - a better World Cup for all

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'We are crying out for games against top teams'

Ireland captain William Porterfield talks about the rapid growth of cricket in the country and what the ICC should do to protect Associates' interests

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Why does cricket need the Associates?

Because it gives more young people the chance to enjoy a sport, and society is better for the existence of sport

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How to make a ten-team World Cup work

There are ways of making the Associates an integral part of the tournament while still keeping the event competitive and lucrative

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World Cup 2015

Dravid backs Associates for 2019 World Cup

Former India captain Rahul Dravid has put his weight behind the continued presence of Associate Nations at the World Cup, as he believes allowing them to participate is "the least cricket can do"

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Why this year's Associate crop is the best ever

The ICC deserves credit for helping weaker teams prepare better for this World Cup - though the Big Three are threatening to undo all the good work that has been put in

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Ireland v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, Group B, Adelaide

No point playing if World Cup reduced - Porterfield

William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, has questioned "the point in keeping going" for Associate nations if the ICC does not reverse its decision to cut the next World Cup to 10 teams