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10 teams will play ICC World Cup 2019: ICC CEO Dave Richardson

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SYDNEY: The Chief Executive of International Cricket Council, Dave Richardson said that the world cricket governing council is planning to reduce the number of teams at next World Cup 2019 despite the impressive performance of the Associate nations during current World Cup 2015.

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Mr. Richardson said, there will be just 10 contesting teams in the WC 2019 – four less than the 2015 tournament. However, the decision has not been yet finalized and would be recalled later this year but the chances of reducing the teams are high.

He added, “The decision has been made, as we stand it’s a 10-team tournament at the next World Cup. We’ve also got the Cricket World Cup qualifier, which has been upgraded and been granted a higher status. Any decision to change the number of teams that qualify will have a knock-on effect for that qualifying tournament.”

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“I think the change in rules has helped, and the influence of T20 has impacted both ODIs and the way they play Test cricket, so the batsmen are far more attacking,”” he said.

T20 format has exert a lot of impact on the other forms of game. 450 sixes hit by now in the WC 2015 and two doubles ton by Chris Gayle (215) and Marti Guptill (237*) respectively have been made so far. Three time the barrier of 400 run has been broken that also been tough for bowlers.

To answer a question, he admitted that, this WC by now was more favourable for batsmen and rules might have to be changed to give the bowlers more of the chance.

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