Mixed reaction on ICC's new World Cup format

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Jannatul Naym Pieal

The 2019 World Cup is going to be played among 10, and not 14
teams. This news has been received with mixed feelings around the cricket world. While some are welcoming it, there are some people as well who are standing against this decision.

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Sachin Tendulkar, the most popular cricketer around the world is one of them who are not convinced with this decision.

“When you want the game to globalise, we need to encourage more and more teams to participate, obviously not at the cost of dropping the standard of play but we need to look at how we can get these guys to raise their standard of playing and I think the standard of playing is only going to rise when they start playing against the top sides.”

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“I think it’s important that the top teams, the stronger ones play against all these teams as much as possible and not just during the World Cups. To play against them every four years I think we need to look into it and look to encourage them more by making them play international games against top sides,” Tendulkar said.

On the other hand, Michael Holding – one of the best pacers that world cricket ever saw – is all for this decision. He is congratulating ICC for taking such a timely decision.

“I wouldn’t say it is counterproductive at all,” Holding told Wisden India on Friday. “I don’t know exactly what format the ICC are going to be taking. They could, perhaps, say that the top eight Test-playing nations, as far as rankings are concerned, are through to the World Cup. The next two positions need not necessarily go to Test-playing nations or to the best Associate teams. You’ll have everyone playing off for those two slots.”

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“And that will make it very interesting, because that won’t necessarily mean the next two teams are what everyone expects them to be. Or they could even make it top six ODI teams for World.Cup, with the next four playing off for the spots. I don’t know what the format is going to be, but I certainly think a ten team.format will be better than what they’ve got now, with so many teams, who don’t necessarily think they are going much further than the first round.”

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