The worst fears of the associate nations has been realised with the International Cricket Council confirming that the 2015 and 2019 World Cups will have only 10 teams. While the 2015 World Cup will be contested only by the 10 full member countries, there will be a qualification process in place for the 2019 edition.
With this decision, the ICC has effectively made a point saying the 50-over World Cup is the domain of full members by right – which, in my opinion, has got to be one of the most controversial decisions ever made by cricket’s governing body.
A country like Ireland, for example, despite being an associate nation upset England in a high-scoring thriller and also gave West Indies and Bangladesh a scare before going down in the 2011 World Cup. Ireland also held their own against eventual champions India and South Africa in the group stage. The Netherlands team also gave a decent account of themselves; and though Kenya and Canada disappointed for the most part, they did giveRead More »from Associate nations have got a raw deal