London, Sep 12: The ICC today agreed to a new 50-over qualifying league for 2015 Cricket World Cup which would allow Associate and Affiliate teams to make it to the quadrennial mega event.
This was decided at a routine meeting of the Chief Executives Committee here ahead of the ICC Awards Night.
"The CEC adopted an ICC Development Committee proposal that a new 50-over League be introduced which will serve as the qualifying programme for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015," the ICC said in a statement.
"The top two teams in the eight team 50-over League will qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup and the remainder of the teams will be joined by the teams finishing third and fourth in the Pepsi World Cricket League Division 2 (the top two teams will compete in the new League) to decide the remaining two qualifiers. The event will take place at a venue and on a date still to be decided," the statement added.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said the qualifying format "will provide exciting context for the new 50-over League with every one of the Associate and Affiliate teams able to make their way from Division eight of the Pepsi World Cricket League all the way to the ICC Cricket World Cup finals."
The CEC discussed the venue accreditation system and agreed to consolidate all the required standards into a new document. But, the CEC did not agree to a system of grading venues but decided to consider different standards for ICC events, FTP matches, Associate, under19 and women''s cricket.
The meeting also decided to further tighten the over-rates rule so that minimum time is lost during matches.
"The CEC supported the need to continuously improve over rates in international cricket and confirmed that the existing regulations must be strictly enforced," the ICC said.