Dave Richardson confirms next world cup to be in 10-team format


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ICC’s Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson confirmed that the game’s governing body is all set to prune the number of teams from 14 to 10 for the next Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be held in England in 2019.

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However There is a possibility that the ICC World T20 will be made a 16-team event which would encourage some of the lower.rung teams to get a taste of competitive cricket. [Watch ভিডিও ক্লিপঃ বিশ্বকাপে মাশরাফীর আগুনঝরা বোলিং ৩/২০]

“The way we are going, I believe we need to consolidate things to.ensure that there is more competition amongst teams at the highest level. If we get a 10-team World Cup, all 10 teams
must be capable of winning the tournament.”

“Like in 1992, we had a nine-team format, where everyone played each other. It was by far the most exciting World Cup where it was difficult to predict the four semi-finalists. So we are hopeful that 10-team format might work.”

“If we have Test cricket, our aim is to make sure that all our 10 Full Members are capable of beating each other. Similarly, the ICC.thinks that World T20 must be a tournament featuring something in the range of 16 countries. We want a targetted approach in order to create more.competitive teams at the higher level. Teams
like Ireland and Afghanistan need to be rewarded.”

Although the format has come in for a lot of flak, Richardson feels that there has been an element of openness and unpredictability.after the end of the first week so far.

“The format is something that people were referring to while criticising but after Ireland’s performance against West Indies, I hesitate to call them minnows anymore. In both groups, there is. an element of openness and uncertainty.and that is great for the tournament,” Richardson said.

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