Hong Kong, June 28: It looks like the door will be opened for the associate cricket teams to participate in the World Cup 2015. The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executives Committee will today revisit the world governing board's unpopular decision to leave the minnow teams out in the cold for the global event. This after, the Chief Executives' Committee on Monday, recommended a qualifying tournament for 2015.
On the basis of preliminary discussion, this tournament is likely to feature 14 teams, including four of the small teams. The only other option being considered is to have a tournament with 10 teams with the top eight teams being admitted straight. The last two teams in the ICC ODI rankings will then proceed to a play-off with the top quartet of associates for the remaining two spots.
A widespread backlash by the smaller cricket nations for being initially disallowed entrance to the WC 2015 nations, prompted ICC President Sharad Pawar to coax the CEC into reviewing its stand and reaching a compromise. It came up for discussion on Monday at a conference which included 35 Associates and five Affiliates. Pawar later said, "Your voice has been heard and listened to," he said in his speech. "In life you have to sometimes arrive at consensus and compromise."
The associated are not too excited about the agreement though as they argue that the new ruling provides them the opportunity to secure only two spots for the global event. The 2015 World Cup could be made up of a round-robin first stage in which all teams play each other once, the same format as the 1992 World Cup and considered the most challenging.