The International Cricket Council (ICC), in its ongoing conference in Hong Kong, is reconsidering its much debated-upon decision of restricting the World Cup 2015 to a top ten, full-member cricket playing nations.
The four-day long conference started on June 26, 2011, with the Chief Executive Committee’s meeting, running from June 26 to 27, which will be followed by the Executive Board meeting on June 28, 29. However, the Full Council meeting will be conducted on June 30, 2011.
There is a list of controversial issues which are supposed to come under discussion during the conference, but the decision relating to next mega event will be getting more attention.
ICC’s president, Sharad Pawar, has instructed his board to discuss the matter during the conference and also asked to cut short the seven-week long duration of the World Cup.
The global cricket governing body earlier announced to limit the next World Cup to just 10 full-member nations, excluding the non-test playing nations like Ireland, Canada, and the Netherlands.
The decision received immense criticism globally as well as from the smaller nations, especially Ireland. Ireland has been a part of the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2011, where they displayed some stunning performances.
As a result of the severe reactions, the world’s cricket governing body decided to reconsider its decision in its annual conference meeting.
Media reports have revealed that that ICC may introduce a qualifying tournament for the next mega event so that the Associate Nations can get a chance to play on the big stage.
Apart from this, the use of Umpire Decision Review System is also likely to become a hot debate. India is the only country opposing the use of this technology, while all other cricket playing nations are supposed to support the system during the conference.
BCCI secretary, N. Srinivasan, earlier said that they will keep opposing the system, until they find 100% accuracy in the technology.
On the contrary, Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief, Ijaz Butt, revealed that they will back the use of DRS, as they are much satisfied with its working.