Plans in place for 14-team 2027 World Cup
Support is growing for an expanded Cricket World Cup in 2027 to allow the globalisation of the game.
The Telegraph has revealed that discussion on increasing number of teams in a World Cup will take place in the next chief executives’ committee meeting scheduled later this month.
That could see the return of 14-team 50-over World Cup, which was held in 2011 and 2015 before ICC cut down the number to 10 in 2019 and will continue this in 2023 as well.
The 10-team World Cup means at least two Test-playing teams will miss out. Zimbabwe and Ireland missed the event in England and Wales in 2019. West Indies, the two-time winners, almost missed out but thanks to DLS method that saved them against Scotland in the qualifiers.
Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom has said they are working hard to get back more teams in the World Cups.
“Cricket Ireland still believes that 10 teams in a 50-over World Cup is too few. We think that is one of those elements that is a real problem for the game. That’s certainly something that we are working hard on behind the scenes,” Deutrom said.
“You could probably successfully argue that as a result of performances in the 50-over World Cup, the likes of Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland – and to a lesser extent Afghanistan – have become Full Members. Those are huge opportunities, and the game risks them at its peril.
Ireland’s records at ICC events did play a part in earning them prestigious Test status. They beat Pakistan and Bangladesh in 2007 WC, England in 2011 and West Indies in 2015.
More exposure at World Cups will boost Test environments as well, said Deutrom.
“We believe that better 50-over teams will improve the Test environments as well, and we just think that is cricket logic.”
Setting the new FTP for 2023-31 cycle and increasing number of matches in World Cup Super League will also be discussed at the next chief executives’ meeting.