Deccan Herald – The trimmed-down 10-team World Cup has been widely lambasted

Ireland captain William Porterfield blasted the International Cricket Council (ICC) for an obsession with the “big cheque” after his side were edged out of a spot at the 2019 World Cup by Afghanistan on Friday.

Summary

  • The trimmed-down 10-team World Cup has been widely lambastedIreland captain William Porterfield blasted the International Cricket Council (ICC) for an obsession with the “big cheque” after his side were edged out of a spot at the 2019 World Cup by Afghanistan on Friday.
  • “How is there only two teams going (from the qualifiers) to a competition that’s played every 208 weeks and you’ve got a six-week competition, to just play it so two or three big teams can play nine games on TV so the ICC can cash in with a big cheque, and a lot of teams are leaving here with nothing in their pocket,” said an angry Porterfield.
  • “The big cheque they’re getting from the World Cup has to be pushed back down through.
  • “It has to be put back into the game because if countries don’t have a World Cup to look forward to or the possibility of getting to the World Cup…
  • The ICC cut the World Cup to 10 teams for 2019 with all sides playing each other in a round-robin competition.


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