Decision to limit World Cup to 10 teams is a retrograde step: MCC

London: The MCC World Cricket Committee, which includes former India captain Sourav Ganguly among others, feels the ICC's decision to limit the ODI World Cup to 10 teams is a "retrograde step" and detrimental to the sport's chances of finding a place in the Olympics.

Sourav Ganguly is part of MCC's World Cricket Committee
Sourav Ganguly is part of MCC's World Cricket Committee 

The committee met at Lord's on Monday and Tuesday — the first gathering for new members Ganguly, Ricky Ponting and Ramiz Raja, and the last for outgoing members Rahul Dravid and Steve Bucknor.

"The ICC Cricket World Cup should be a twelve-team tournament. The committee believes that the organisation of a 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup for 2019 and 2023 is a retrograde step that damages the potential for growth in cricket's developing nations," the committee said in a statement after the meeting.

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"The committee urges the ICC Board to reconsider its position and take a decision that it believes is in the best interests of the global game. This would need to be done in the next twelve months for cricket to have a chance of being included in the 2024 Olympics.

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