Clarke defends minnow nations’ participation in World Cup

April 4th, 2011 - 5:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Apr 4(ANI): New Australian captain Michael Clarke has spoken out in support of the minnow nations following the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s proposed plans to cut the number of competing teams in the 2015 World Cup.

A decision on whether the number of nations is reduced is expected to be made in the ICC’s executive board in Mumbai today.

“I really enjoy seeing the minnow teams getting an opportunity to be honest, I guess it’s up to the ICC to work out whatever they think is in the betterment of the game, obviously that’s their priority,” the Herald Sun quoted Clarke, as saying.

“I think the two World Cups I’ve been involved in have been fantastic. It certainly does feel between games like you have a long period when you’ve got six or seven days between games, but I’ve enjoyed seeing all the minnow teams play,” he added.

The 29-year-old further stressed that the structure of the tournament could be improved, but not at the expense of the developing countries.

“I’m certain the ICC are looking to improve the game of cricket … what we want to see is people all around the world, male and female playing this great game,” Clarke said.

The ICC had previously indicated that the current 14-nation format might be changed to feature just the 10 full member nations.

Canada, Kenya, the Netherlands, Ireland and Zimbabwe were the non-Test playing nations participating in the 2011 edition on the Indian sub-continent.

The World Cup format has been heavily criticized for the length of time between team’s group matches and as a result, taking six weeks to complete the event. (ANI)

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