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Cricket World Cup: Vaughan weighs in with blast at Ireland shut-out

By David Clough

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has criticised the International Cricket Council's decision to exclude Ireland from the 2015 World Cup.

The ICC ruled on Monday that only the 10 full-member countries would compete in the 2015 competition.

“It's wrong. Ireland are the 10th best one-day team in the world as we speak,” Vaughan said.

“It's a huge blow for Ireland because of all the work they have put in. The ICC have again made a poor decision.”

Vaughan added that two qualifying spots should have been made available for the 10-team 2015 competition.

“You look at the progression Ireland have made over the years. They did well in 2007 and did well again at this year's World Cup where they beat England.

“I would have liked to have seen a pre-tournament qualifier with the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe thrown in as well with Ireland, Canada, Kenya and all the other associates teams and the best two going on to the World Cup.

“I'm pretty sure Ireland would have won that tournament because they are the best associate team and they showed that at the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, Shane Warne has indicated he would like to take over as India coach following the departure of Gary Kirsten.

Kirsten stepped down from the role after leading India to their second World Cup title in Mumbai last weekend.

Warne is in India as he prepare for the upcoming Indian Premier League where he is he has earned plaudits as captain-coach of the Rajasthan Royals.

“It is a very difficult job to be India coach, it is never easy,” Warne admitted.

“But with India doing so well, it is a lot easier to take over right now than it has been in the past.

“I'll enjoy working with the Indian cricket team for sure.”

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