Bacher calls for a bigger World Cup

JOHANNESBURG: World Cup executive director Ali Bacher called yesterday for even more teams to take part in the next edition of the tournament in the West Indies in four years’ time. 

This year's World Cup has been the biggest ever with 14 nations taking part including Canada, Namibia and Holland who are all associate members of the International Cricket Council (ICC). 

“My personal viewpoint is that their participation did not devalue the integrity of this event,” Bacher told a press conference. 

“In fact they brought a freshness to this World Cup and I just hope that the ICC proceed further with the enlargement of the number of teams that participate in the World Cup.” 

Canada caused one of the tournament’s biggest upsets by beating Bangladesh, the weakest of the 10 Test nations but otherwise the three minnows were involved in some fairly one-sided encounters, the Dutch’s lone victory coming against the Namibians and the Africans not winning at all. 

But Bacher said having more teams at the tournament, which at six weeks long is three times the length of an Olympic Games, could actually shorten the event.  

“If you had 16 teams, that would be four pools of four which would mean fewer matches.” – AFP 

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