10-team World Cup doesn't make sense - George Dockrell

The decision to limit the 2019 and 2023 World Cups to 10 teams has been criticised by many, including George Dockrell, who told us in May that the decision is "tough to take" for him and his Ireland team-mates.

We caught up with him at the launch of the NatWest T20 Blast season at Edgbaston, soon after he had helped Ireland beat West Indies and Zimbabwe before they fell just short of making the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup.

And despite reaching the second stage in 2007 and producing a memorable win over England in the 2011 event, their presence in the next two events is far from guaranteed, a situation which Dockrell thinks makes the game poorer.

"It's tough to see the game that's supposed to be spreading globally being cut down," he said.

"It is a World Cup and it's a chance to showcase cricket around the world."

He pointed out that some of the highlights from the competition in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year involved the four sides that had qualified.

"Look at some of the best games from the past World Cup - our game against UAE, a thriller which went down to the last over, and the game between Afghanistan and Scotland was one of the best games of the World Cup.

"Nine wickets down needing one run to win, it was an absolute thriller, so I think to deny teams the chance to play in that World Cup on that world stage doesn't really make sense."

However, back in 2011, plans were put in place to make the 2015 World Cup a 10-team event only for the ICC to eventually change their mind.

Dockrell, who has played 48 ODIs and 26 T20Is for Ireland, hopes that history will repeat itself and an expanded tournament will be back on the fixture list in four years from now.

"For us, hopefully that will change in the future and I think we've proven over the past that we are right up there.

"We've been incredibly consistent over the last three World Cups, so for us to be given a small window to qualify which is quite tough, given also out limited games between World Cups - it's tough to take," he added.

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