Tuesday, April 05, 2011

No Irish at the next World Cup

IRELAND have been knocked out of the 2015 ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP, without a ball being bowled.
The INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL, cricket's governing body, announced confirmed today that the next World Cup -- held in AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND -- will only be contested by the 10 "full members" of cricket, i.e., those nations that play Test cricket.

That decision means Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe are in the competition.

Ireland, the slayers of England in the group phase of this year's competition, are out. So too are the Netherlands, Kenya and Canada, who also competed at this year's event.
These so-called "Associate Nations" had been hoping to continue competing on cricket's biggest stage, as a way to foster the sport's development in their countries.

These outsiders must wait for the 2019 World Cup, which the ICC plans to operate on a qualification basis.


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