ICC to decide the format of next cricket world cup after the completion of ongoing 2015 tournament. International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richardson has indicated that 12th cricket world cup may also contain the same format as it is in the current world cup. It is previously stated that in 2019 world cup teams will be reduced to 10.
Mr. Richardson said, “I’ve learnt never to say never to anything. I’m sure the format of the next World Cup will be debated after this one has finished. I’m pleased with the performances of the qualifiers so far, but the bigger tests are still to come.”
“The question is what do you want the World Cup to be? Do you want it to be a jamboree of world cricket or the pinnacle of the one-day game?”
In the ongoing ICC cricket world cup qualified associate teams are playing well and Richardson is impressed with them. Before starting of the tournament ICC was in doubt whether these associate teams will perform well or not but the way they have played it’s really awesome. Ireland defeated test playing nation West Indies quite comfortably.
He said, “There’s a sense of relief. Our biggest concern before the tournament was that these teams would be uncompetitive.”
“Heading into this tournament there was criticism that the format (where 14 teams are split into two groups of seven, with the top four in each pool qualifying for the quarter-finals) would leave us with a long group stage at the end of which the eight teams everyone thought would get through had made it into the quarter-finals.”
The 2015 world cup will be concluded on 29 March. 2019 ICC world cup will be held in England.