5 Apr 2011

Number of teams at cricket world cup reduced

6:16 pm on 5 April 2011

The number of nations that will compete at the next cricket world cup in New Zealand and Australia has been cut from fourteen to ten.

The sport's governing body, the ICC, announced the plan last year but it has only now been ratified by the ICC board.

Only full ICC members will compete in the 2015 edition while the ten teams for the 2019 event will be decided by qualification.

It means there's no place for the likes of Ireland, who beat England in pool play and Ireland captain William Porterfield feels the ICC's sold them out.

The possibility of a 12-team tournament was also discussed but rejected by the ICC's executive board.