October 24, 2017

Minnows thrown out of next ICC Cricket World Cup

Yes folks we want to be a world game but we also want to make it really hard for the world to be involved.

The ICC has confirmed that the 2015 World Cup will be contested by only 10 teams, with none of the International Cricket Council Associate ‘minnow’ nations involved.

The decision was originally announced in October 2010 but contested by the Associate nations. The ICC executive board has upheld the decision though.

The 2011 tournament, which was held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, featured 14 teams and took 43 days to complete. Understandably there was heavy criticism from many fans and commentators about how long it took to complete the tournament.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand and will only involve the ICC’s 10 full member nations – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has suggested there could be a return to the format of the 1992 World Cup, in which nine teams competed in a round-robin league, with the top four progressing to the semifinals. The whole tournament was completed in less than a month.

The minnow nations have been thrown a lifeline with the possibility there could be room for them at the 2019 World Cup in England. It too will be made up of only 10 teams, but the ICC announced that all full members will have to qualify.

The ICC has also increased the two-yearly Twenty20 World Cup, from 12 to 16 teams, which gives the minnows a chance of top flight international experience.

Lorgat also said the ICC was pleased with the implementation of the Umpire Decision Referral System (UDRS) at the World Cup.

“DRS was successful. It has improved umpiring standards by more than five percent,” Lorgat said. “There has been no blatant errors or no complaints from teams over decision that could have affected the outcome of the match.”

Newswarped thinks that limiting the number of teams and ditching the quarter-finals is a good move. We would prefer to see the promotion-relegation table for ODI,s brought in sooner than 2019 though, to give the smaller nations a chance at qualification for 2015.