ICC drops associate countries from 2015 World CupApril 5th, 2011 - 12:44 am ICT by IANS
Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) Despite their success in the 2011 World Cup, associate countries won’t be seen in action from the next edition of the mega event as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday decided to go ahead with 10 full members for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The executive board of the ICC that met here Monday confirmed the decision, taken in October, that the 2015 World Cup and 2019 World Cup in England will be a 10-team event.
“The board agreed that the 2015 World Cup will comprise the existing 10 full members, however, they gave notice to all Full Members that participation in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be determined on the basis of qualification. It was also agreed that post the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 there will be promotion and relegation introduced in the ODI League,” the ICC said in a statement.
“The board had also decided in October 2010 that the ICC World Twenty20 will comprise 16 teams. This would allow six Associates or Affiliates the opportunity to participate in an ICC Global event every two years,” the statement said.
During the meeting, the executive board also proposed certain changes to the ICC Constitution at its Annual Conference 2011 in Hong Kong, applicable from July 2012, designed to prevent undue interference by governments in the administration of cricket in member countries, including but not limited to interference in operational matters, the selection and management of teams, the appointment of coaches or support personnel or the activities of a member.
The ICC Strategic Plan 2011-15 has been approved by the board. The plan seeks to lead world cricket by providing a world class environment for international cricket; delivering major events across all three formats (Test, 50 over and T20); providing targeted support to members and promoting the global game.
“The strategy is the product of wide ranging and constructive engagement held with the world’s leading cricket administrators and stakeholders. The plan covers a range of strategic topics from the role of the ICC, governance, promotion and protection of the three forms of the game, competition and meritocratic pathways as well as targeted investment,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
“The targeted funding for members will be used to protect the game and its integrity, provide a platform for success, and also focus on growth and improvement of playing standards,” he said.
ICC also decided to appoint an internationally renowned company to review the operations of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) following the Pakistan spot-fixing allegations.
The board also decided to appoint Steve Davis as the Umpires Representative on the ICC Cricket Committee. He replaces Simon Taufel, who has decided to focus more on his umpiring duties.
Davis has been an international umpire since 1992 and has stood in more than 104 ODIs, including the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final in Colombo between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, as well as 34 Test matches and 14 Twenty20 internationals.
The board has agreed to donate $1 million from the World Cup to New Zealand Cricket to allow them to re-establish their offices after their original premises were destroyed in the Feb 22 earthquake.
The board also congratulated India on their success in the World Cup and thanked the hosts, Lorgat and ICC staffs for their tireless and impressive work to ensure the success of the tournament.
ICC president Sharad Pawar said: “This ICC Cricket World Cup has been very successful and memorable. Whatever we achieved was due to the full support of the governments of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India and in particular I would place on record our gratitude to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rakapakse who are ardent followers of the sport.”
“The tournament reinforced the attraction of 50 over cricket and showed the enthusiasm and excitement generated by nation v nation cricket. There is no doubt that this event has been a great advertisement for ODI cricket. I would like to congratulate both the Indian team and the Sri Lankan team for a befitting final match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai which was played in the best of spirits and provided great entertainment to millions following the game the world over,” he added.
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