Brisbane: UAE coach Aaqib Javed, a member of Pakistan's 1992 World Cup-winning team, has criticised the ICC's plan to reduce the number of teams in next World Cup from 14 to 10.
The 2019 World Cup in England is expected to feature the eight top-ranked nations along with two other teams who will come through a qualifying tournament.
"I think the gap is narrowing now and every Associate is pushing the Full Members. I am really surprised by the decision," Javed was quoted as saying by The National.
The former Pakistan pacer added, "Which 10 teams? If you look at the performances from some teams, their graph has been going down, like West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
"Ireland have been doing so well for the past 10 years, but haven't gained anything. When it comes to open series, nobody wants to play them. Nobody wants to play Associate teams."
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