New Cricket World Cup format

PRETORIA - Some International Cricket Council (ICC) members are pushing for a revised format for the 2015 Cricket World Cup that would limit the number of participating countries to only 10, The Zimbabwean has established.


(Pictured: Zimbabwe lost to Australia in their first match of the competition on February 21.)

Sources close to the ICC have disclosed that some influential member nations believe that a revised format would ‘bring some credibility’ back to the tournament as the gulf, in terms of standard, between some of the participating teams is proving to be too wide.

“Some of the members feel that teams such as Kenya, Zimbabwe have not yet reached the standard of compositeness required at the prestigious tournament,” said the source.

Zimbabwe lost heavily to Australia by 91 runs in their first match of the competition on February 21, while Kenya also went down heavily to Pakistan in their opening encounter on February 24.

If the proposal is accepted it may mean that only 10 of the teams currently playing Test cricket will be guaranteed of an automatic spot in the next edition of the global show piece.

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