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


Keeping the world in the World Cup
Keeping the world in the World Cup

The ICC can retain the prestige of its biggest tournament, and of its weakest members, by a simple elimination round

ICC meeting in May to decide new World Cup format
ICC meeting in May to decide new World Cup format

The ICC will meet in May to draft out the structure of the World Cup from 2015 and beyond, incorporating an ODI league and a clause regarding promotion and relegation into the tournament

Hold Associates debate after World Cup - Strauss
Hold Associates debate after World Cup - Strauss

The debate on Associate nations participating in future World Cups should be on hold till the current tournament has ended, Andrew Strauss, the England captain, has said

Ponting says fewer teams is better for World Cup
Ponting says fewer teams is better for World Cup

Ricky Ponting, the Australia captain, believes the World Cup will be a better event without the weaker Associate nations, but hopes the ICC's decision doesn't hurt the development of the game around the world

Where do the minnows go from here?
Where do the minnows go from here?

Watching Associates get hammered in World Cups is dispiriting, but there must be a way of ensuring they play against big teams more than once every four years

Players back Associates for World Cup
Players back Associates for World Cup

Several leading players have added their voices to the debate over the involvement of Associate nations in future World Cups

Canada coach slams ICC decision
Canada coach slams ICC decision

Canadian coach Pubudu Dassanayake has lamented the proposal by the ICC to cut down on the number of teams in the next World Cup

Canada unhappy with reduced World Cup
Canada unhappy with reduced World Cup

Chandra Gocool, Cricket Canada's chief executive, has questioned the ICC's thinking on developing cricket around the world following the decision to shrink the 2015 World Cup to 10 teams

ICC avarice dooms Associates to the wilderness
ICC avarice dooms Associates to the wilderness

The leading countries' reluctance to give up their larger shares of the ICC's cake has come at the cost of spreading the game

ICC sticks to plan for ten-team World Cup
ICC sticks to plan for ten-team World Cup

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, has said there will be no going back on the decision to reduce the 50-over World Cup to ten teams, despite protests from the Associates

Players and coaches round on ICC Associates decision
Players and coaches round on ICC Associates decision

Dissent and criticism of the ICC's decision to cull Associate nations from the 2015 World Cup intensified further on the opening day of the current tournament

USA coach Lambert still hopeful of path to World Cup
USA coach Lambert still hopeful of path to World Cup

USA's journey to make it into the top flight of world cricket has become more difficult with the news that the 2015 World Cup will be a 10-team event

Associates criticise World Cup proposals
Associates criticise World Cup proposals

The ICC's plan for a smaller 50-over World Cup has been criticised by its leading Associate members, who say such a move would curtail the growth of the game in their countries

No plan to exclude Associates from World Cup - ICC
No plan to exclude Associates from World Cup - ICC

The ICC's proposal to limit to 10 the number of teams in the World Cup is exactly that - a proposal - and does not exclude Associate nations, a senior official has said

World Cup 2015 likely to stay at 50 overs
World Cup 2015 likely to stay at 50 overs

The ICC is determined the World Cup will still be a 50-over competition in 2015, despite Cricket Australia considering a new two-innings one-day format