Wellington: Associate nations' outrage over exclusion from the 2015 World Cup might have prompted the ICC to reconsider its decision but co-hosts New Zealand's Board has backed the trimming, saying a 10-team format works best from the organisers' point of view.
New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan said the ICC, which is set to review the decision in its next ICC executive board meeting, should decide quickly about the number of teams in the mega-event which they will host jointly along with Australia.
"Look, I am sympathetic to Ireland, in particular, and the way they have performed at world events," Vaughan told the Sunday Star-Times.
"A ten-team competition works far better from a host perspective than a 12-team competition does. A 12-team competition would necessitate the introduction of a Super Sixes stage in between two pools of six and an elimination round....more
05:19 PM, Jan 18, 2008