Ireland hopeful of ICC scrapping 10-team policy for 2019 World Cup

Ireland hopeful of ICC scrapping 10-team policy for 2019 World Cup
Having put up an impressive show in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Ireland hopes that the International Cricket Council reconsiders the decision to restrict the next edition to 10 teams.
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Having put up an impressive show in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Ireland hopes that the International Cricket Council (ICC) reconsiders the decision to restrict the next edition to 10 teams.

Speaking on the topic, Cricket Ireland's Chief Executive, Warren Deutrom, expressed optimism of a change in the ICC’s stand, although the odds are heavily stacked against the possibility.

Deutrom's belief stems from the turnaround that occurred after the 2011 World Cup when a similar decision for the 2015 edition was overturned by the ICC at the last moment.

"I never believe in never," said Deutrom.

"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.”

The ICC has convened a meeting on Monday in Barbados to discuss a host of cricketing issues among which the 2019 World Cup format will be atop the agenda.

A 10-team tournament will virtually shut the door for most of the associate nations who had put up a stern fight during the World Cup this year.

Apart from Ireland, there were impressive performance from United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Scotland making a strong case for the presence of Associate teams in ICC tournaments.

Deutrom, who will be attending the five-day conference, assured everybody that Ireland will be fighting hard for the rights of the associate teams at the ICC meet.

"I always believe in reasonableness and hopefully, advocacy will win.

"Our players and Irish cricket fans can be assured that Cricket Ireland is advocating as much as possible to ICC about the wisdom of embracing a larger World Cup."

The telecast rights of the 2019 World Cup have already been sold - a major issue that the ICC is likely to face in case of reversing the 10-team decision.

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