Ireland chief ‘encouraged’ by ICC rethink

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom is pleased by Sharad Pawar’s decision to rethink the World Cup format.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom has acknowledged Sharad Pawar’s intention to rethink the composition of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

International Cricket Council president Pawar yesterday said that the body’s executive board would reconsider plans that would leave 95 associates and affiliates unable to participate in the competition.

Under recently-announced plans, the World Cup will feature the ten full member nations only, removing the qualifying round under which other teams such as Ireland would be able to compete.

"It is encouraging that the president has reopened this issue but there is still a way to go," Deutrom said. "This is a positive step but we're cautious about it because it is the same ten people having the same debate about the same issues.

"We (the 95 associate and affiliate members) have asked to assist in that process and requested for our elected representatives to meet the ICC president and/or the vice-president to put our case, so that they can see the strength of our resolve on this matter.”

The ICC is expected to resolve the matter at its annual conference in Hong Kong in June.

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