London, May 12: The ICC Cricket Committee's recommendation to have qualifiers for the 2015 cricket World Cup has given fresh hope to the associate nations, who were fuming over the governing body's earlier decision to scale the event down to just 10 teams.
"It's excellent news that another group of people have put their support behind the need for a qualifying process," Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said.
Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston, who was the Associate representative on the cricket committee, said the committee did the right thing in recommending qualifiers.
"Unanimous decision by ICC Cricket Committee to recommend to the Chief Exec Committee there be a qualifier for CWC 2015.
A great result!" he tweeted after the two-day meeting here yesterday.
The associated were earlier furious when the ICC Executive Board decided to make the World Cup a 10-team affair. The decision went back to drawing board only after ICC President Sharad Pawar asked for a reconsideration.
"It is obviously good for cricket and hopefully the ICC Executive Committee would accept the recommendation," an official from the Netherlands'' cricket board said.
In other decisions taken at the cricket committee meeting, Cricket Committee recommended that the use of Decision Review System should be extended to ODIs and Twenty20.
"While recognising the need to take account of existing contractual arrangements between Member Boards and their broadcasters, the committee, after a two day meeting, has unanimously recommended that DRS should be used in ODI and T20 internationals, besides all Test matches," Clive Lloyd, Chairman of the committee, told reporters at the Lord''s here last evening.
"The committee has recommended that the pink ball should be used in the four-day first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-12 and also that ICC member Boards he asked not only to use the ball in at least one round of first-class matches but also be encouraged to trial the ball in day-night matches at venues which have adequate artificial lights."
It also recommended that the DRS should be used in ODI and Twenty20 series with each side allowed one unsuccessful review per innings.
"This recommendation was made following what the committee agreed was a successful application during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. More PTI HSR PM MRM