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Associate nations draw contrasting opinions at ICC World Cup 2015

New Delhi: Associate nations at the ICC World Cup 2015 have been in news of late for multiple reasons.

UAE, Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland have so far had a mixed run at ICC's flagship event.

However, it appears as though the game's governing body has made up its mind to prune the number of teams from 14 to 10 for the next Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be held in England in 2019.

Post that announcement from Dave Richarson, cricketing fraternity has been embroiled in a debate over the future of world cricket and role of associate nations.

On witnessing Scotland and Zimbabwe's demolition at the hands of England and West Indies respectively, cricket coach Tom Moody had a word of caution for game's decision makers.

On the other hand, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been encouraged by the performances of UAE and Ireland.

To make cricket a truly global sport, ICC needs to reach out to more nations. However, with teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe still struggling to compete at the highest level, there definitely is a case for a new model to develop world cricket.

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