The ICC will be requested to reconsider the composition of the 2015 World Cup during an annual conference in Hong Kong at the end of June 2011.
At the recent ICC Executive Board meeting in Mumbai, the game’s governing body decided to allow only the 10 full member nations to participate in the 2015 showpiece. The board had also confirmed their previous decision, made in October 2010, that the next two World Cups in 2015 and 2019 would comprise 10 teams.
These decisions were part of a strategic restructure of ICC events and the context and content for international cricket. As part of the restructure, a Test play-off for the top four teams was introduced and the World Twenty20 was expanded to 16 teams.
The board had also agreed that the 10 teams for the 2019 World Cup in England would be determined on the basis of qualification.
However, after receiving representations from the Associate and Affiliate members, ICC president Sharad Pawar has decided to request the executive board to revisit the issue in June.
“I have given this matter further serious thought and will request the Board to consider this topic once more. I can understand the views of the Associates and Affiliates and ICC will seek to deal with this issue in the best way possible,” said Pawar. Cricket365