ICC decision remain unchanged regarding the 2019 world cup in England as nothing has been discussed on the format at the ICC Annual Conference in Barbados, West Indies. The plans to do away with 14 teams format have been on table since 2011 world cup, but debate on the future of the associate member’s world cup hopes has once again sparked fuel after the conclusion of the 2015 Down Under world cup.
The consistency of Ireland cricket team and remarkable rise of Afghansitan cricket team had earlier forced International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson to say the 2019 world cup may be reviewed.
The 2019 tournament in England will be made up of the hosts, the other top seven teams in the one day international world rankings and two qualifiers from an event in Bangladesh.
The current qualification system will choke Ireland’s chance of qualifying in the multilateral tournament. Ireland have featured in the last three World Cups and defeated Test playing nations – Pakistan, West Indies and Zimbabwe. The other Associate members who featured in 2015 – Scotland, Afghanistan and the UAE – would also be set for the qualifying event, probably alongside two Test nations.
During the 2015 World Cup, game’s greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid of India and former New Zealand captain opposed ICC’s idea of 10 teams 2019 World Cup in England.
Speaking on this issue during the World Cup final in Melbourne, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson had said: “ As it stands we have entered into an agreement with broadcasters for a 10-team World Cup.
“I want it to be a shop window for the best teams in one day cricket-whether that be eight teams, 10 teams or 12 teams.
“We have to make sure (you) don’t put Associate members into tournaments just for window dressing. The debate will still be had as to whether we have 10 or increase it.”
Before the annual ICC Conference begun in Barbados, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom was optimistic the format could be renegotiated.
“One could turn the clock back to 2011, when the 2015 World Cup was set to include only 10 teams but the decision was overturned,” he told BBC Sport.
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