30 Jun 2011

Sport: Now up to affiliate countries to prove worthiness in cricket World cup

10:22 am on 30 June 2011

The Chief Executive of Papua New Guinea Cricket says it's now up to associate and affiliate countries to show that they deserve to compete at future World Cups.

On Tuesday the International Cricket Council reversed its decision to cut the number of teams taking part in the 2015 World Cup to just the ten test-playing nations.

Associate and affiliate nations such as Ireland and PNG argued that being left out of the tournament would have been detrimental to the development of the sport in their countries.

Cricket PNG's chief executive, Bill Leane, says the change of heart was the right move.

"It's a young boys dream to go and play on a World stage but to take away the aspirational dream of getting to a world cup was probably that one factor that really concerned all of the countries,and I think it even concerned the full members, but the decision now is certainly one that prevails of common sense and shows that cricket is a sport where aspiration dreams are alive and well."

Bill Leane says the affiliates and associates must now prove themselves on the pitch if they want to persuade the ICC to extend the 14-team makeup to the 2019 tournament as well.