The head associated with Kenya’s cricket panel belittled the ICC upon Thursday for plans that are arranged in order to leave out lower-tier groups from the 2015 World Cup, saying a reduced, 10-country tournament would be “a farce” and harmful to the game’s development.
Cricket Kenya leader Tom Sears told that ICC Associate nations like Kenya, Ireland, Netherlands as well as Canada had been given “no guarantee” by cricket’s ruling body in a conference within Dubai this week that they will be contained in the qualifying process for 2015.
A former head associated with English county side Derbyshire, Sears said the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in four years’ time is actually a “closed shop,” open up and then the Ten test-playing teams.
“It might go in either case and there is nevertheless an opportunity there will not be a qualifying procedure,” Sears told the AP before he or she caught a flight ticket from Kenya in order to World Cup co-host India.
“A 10-team tournament causes it to be a farce,” he said. “If a person limit the numbers, it simply makes it harder for the smaller countries to build up. We need to play from World Cups to enhance. How could you call it the World Cup in the event that we aren’t given the chance?”
It’s been agreed within theory, based on the International Cricket Council, which 2015 will be a 10-team occasion — down through the Fourteen nations within the event which starts upon Saturday. However, the ICC maintains that Associate nations haven’t been removed from the procedure and will have a opportunity to qualify.
The ICC will probably finalize the being approved process in a board meeting in April, following the World Cup.
The 10 test nations qualified instantly for the 2011 World Cup, while Kenya, Ireland, Netherlands and Canada won the leftover 4 places through a playoff program.
Sears stated the decision to lessen the quantity of countries was still being “about cash, primarily,” and not just regarding decreasing the length associated with the six-week tournament – which has been belittled because too long.
“It is dependent on broadcasters attempting to display as many India matches as possible,” he said. “I understand there are several difficulties with the length of the World Cup but surely it’s not past the humor of man to consider up the shorter 14-team World Cup?”
Kenya became the just non-test actively playing country to reach the World Cup semifinals in 2003, while Ireland performed a major shock to beat Pakistan in 2007.
The failure of Pakistan as well as India – the place to find cricket’s biggest viewers — to achieve the second round of the tournament in Western Indies in 2007 reportedly resulted in a significant recession in World Cup Television audiences and profits. Shock packages Ireland as well as Bangladesh qualified above the 2 traditional powerhouses.
In an interview along with highly regarded cricket journal Wisden to become released on Friday, Sears described a 10-team event without smaller countries as “bloody ridiculous.”
“I’ve no desire to be diplomatic,” Sears said, according to Wisden. “The president of the ICC (India’s Sharad Pawar) states he wants to develop the game however wants to contract the 50-over World Cup to leave out the Affiliates.
“It’s all about money, power and ballots – and that is harmful to cricket,” he explained.
The 2011 tournament begins with a game between co-hosts India and Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday.