Belfast Telegraph

Irish chief in Cricket World Cup rage

By Ian Callender

Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom has described the International Cricket Council’s decision to limit the next World Cup to the 10 Full Member countries as “disgraceful.”

The formal decision, taken just 33 days after Ireland stunned the cricket world with the greatest ever run chase in World Cup history to beat England in Bangalore, means there will be no chance of an upset in Australasia in 2015.

“There was an opportunity to do what was right for the sport and not to do something based purely on the satisfaction of the Full Members,” said Deutrom.

“The decision taken today satisfies no reasonable sporting principle. It is absolutely disgraceful and I’m ashamed to be part of the ICC mechanism today.

“I have already been in contact with my other Associate chief executives and it is not a question of if we are going to do something but what we are going to do.”

Against the might of the Full Members — who are only interested in money and not the promotion of the sport — it is certain to be a futile protest and the ICC’s ‘promise’ of a qualifying tournament ahead of the 2019 World Cup finals in England and 16-team World Twenty20 tournaments from next year onwards, will be little consolation.

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