Associate news February 18, 2011

Canada coach slams ICC decision

ESPNcricinfo staff

Canada coach Pubudu Dassanayake has lamented the proposal by the ICC to cut down on the number of teams in the next World Cup, calling it a major setback for cricket's smaller nations.

Dassanayake, who played 11 Tests and 16 one-day internationals for Sri Lanka before moving to Canada, made the comments after ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said there will be no going back on the decision to reduce the number of teams at the 2015 event from 14 to 10, in effect squeezing Associate nations out of the tournament.

"We are hugely disappointed and the decision is a big setback for teams like us," Dassanayake told reporters after his team's practice ahead of their opening match against Sri Lanka on Sunday. "Actually the ICC has helped us a lot in the last couple of years to come to this place and this decision will hurt countries like us."

There has been growing criticism over the ICC's decision from other minor nations such as Kenya, Afghanistan and Ireland, while several leading cricketers from Test-playing nations, such as Graeme Swann, Shaun Tait and AB de Villiers, have also come out in support of the 'minnows'.

A common thread, reiterated by Dassanayake, was that smaller cricketing nations desperately need opportunities such as the World Cup in order to improve.

"Right now we are in a situation where we have lots of talent in the country and we are not that far from the full member countries when you compare the facilities we have, that's good progress," he said. "It would have been nice to play continuously. If the ICC has decided we can't help it but it's a severe setback for us."

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  • Rob on February 21, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    What happens if China becomes an associate? Will we then see some reversal due to the possible TV rights? Just more hypocrisy from ICC!! Its a disgrace that countries like Ireland, Afganistan etc are being deliberately excluded to ensure the trough is full for the Test playing nations.

    I suppose the ICC believes that 20twenty is the answer for associates? The problem is they have absolutely no long term plan about making any associates Test playing nations or the criteria they have to fulfill to do so, or for that matter the current Test playing nations having to fulfill a certain criteria to remain at the trough?

    ICC a joke! Its just an exclusive club that has absolutely no intention of opening its doors to anyone who might change the balance of power (Or votes!).

    A pity and a scandal

  • Bob on February 21, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    If there were room for only a few teams from the "smaller" nations why don't we take a "rest of the smaller nations team1" and "rest of the smaller nations team2" to the next world cup. The rest of the smaller nations should have a selection process of their own "rest of the smaller nations world cup" 2 months prior to the actual world cup involving 16 countries.

  • Arvind on February 21, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    10 teams playing removes the "world" from the World Cup, and adding 4 punching bags makes it a "World" Cup. There are over 150 countries in the world, so how does increasing the number of teams from 10 to 14 make it a "global" game? If that is the case, I propose the following format. Put the top 10 teams in Group A. To make the game "global", put the top 50 teams in Group B. Then everyone from Group B plays everyone from Group A. Each associate team gets to play 10 games against top teams, and also makes the game global. Now you ask, what next? Well, we stop after playing these 500 matches. After all, the purpose of the World Cup is to give the associates a chance to play the top teams, and to make the game "global". Nobody really cares about who wins it.

  • Anjana on February 20, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    If ICC not allowing associate members to compete in World cup, ICC should introduce a fair mechanism to include top associate members to regularly compete in other multi-nation ODI tournaments. Otherwise ICC might start digging its own grave. It will be very difficult for the game of cricket to compete with other sports to attract money, sponsors and spectator interest at the long run. A sport won't be that interesting if its played only by 10 countries at the highest level. Cricket still survives thanks to the sub-continent where many people still keep much interest on it. We can't guarantee that it will remain so!

  • Bada on February 20, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Ireland, Canada, Kenya, Netherlands, ZImbabwa etc, don't deserve to be in the world cup end of story. These countries don't have a cricketing tradition to start with! The ICC along with the WICB should disband the West Indies break it up into manable, profitable, talant growing pieces, then maybe think about places like Canada. Who is benefitting from countries like Ireland, Canada, Kenya, Netherlands, Zimbabwa in the world Cup????

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Somebody tell ICC that this tournament is known as the World Cup and not the Elite Cup... Already Cricket is not famous in so many nations... The nations with growing interest in this sport should be given more confidence ... and not throw them out of one tournament they look forward to in whole 4 years... Bad decision from ICC Chief Lorgat...

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Let's go back to major upsets of 2007 which are blamed for the so financial loss and disinterest but it was West Indies , yes the home side who couldn't revive their cricket and they could have kept things interesting especially for home fans and others ( i, an Indian, was looking for it ) but what they do is providing a poor goodbye from us to Lara. So, its not associates to blame (who are good to compete which they have shown few times) for degrading quality of cricket, if there is , well is ICC listening to this? Thanks, Dipankar.

  • Dennis on February 20, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    For those people who moan aboat getting rid of minnows .check the score Kenya all out 69 NZ win in 8 overs LOL . Lets see if Sri Lanka can beat that . Methinks they can . Hey Sanga why don,t you open bowling , and Murli can open batting LOL ,

  • Drew on February 20, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    @gothetaniwha if the logic of what you are suggesting is carried through, there may as well not be a world cup. It would be a tournament featuring the top few sides (then there would be no thrashings or upsets) playing against each other. Wait... more or less, that is how this world cup is formatted anyway, but there is still too much room for an upset or two occuring. Lucky the ICC are eliminating the chance of that in future tournaments. That way the world cup can distinguish itself from the champions trophy. Only test nations compete in the CT, whereas in the world cup even fewer compete. Reminds me of soccer, where in the world cup 52 nations compete, and in the confederation cup only the best compete... or is it, BY CHANCE, the other way around.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    Some of you seem to be unaware that the proposed format for 2015 is that all 10 teams play each other in a round-robin situation. The tournament will not be shorter by more than a day or two. Research it yourself! It's not the fault of the associate countries that the tournament is too long. In fact, it's the real fear that they have improved too much in the last 2 years and will knock out India or perhaps one or two other high profile sides - which in-turn affects advertising revenues.

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