ICC decision to leave out non-full members despicable: Simmons
Mumbai: Ireland coach Phil Simmons has slammed the International Cricket Council by terming its decision to leave out its non-full members from the 2015 World Cup as "despicable".
Simmons said India have won the "last real World Cup" as the next edition will be like American World Series.
"I`m afraid the next World Cup will be like the American World Series - you are crowned World Champions but the world did not take part. Congratulations to India on winning the last real World Cup," said Simmons, a former West Indies opener.
Simmons accused the ICC of being greedy for taking the decision to leave out Ireland, currently ranked 10th, and other Associate members from the next tournament to be held in Australia and New Zealand.
"It is a dark day for cricket but a great day for greed and fear! It is hard to find words to describe this despicable decision made by some who want to keep things among themselves and some who fear us," he said, according to a media release.
"Finally - congratulations to ICC for pulling the game we love back ten years!", he added.
Ireland have been overlooked, with lower ranked Zimbabwe being allocated the final spot, the release said, adding that the decision was ratified not surprisingly by the Full Members themselves.
Ireland were currently in discussions with other Associate and Affiliate members about the avenues of action left open to them following the ruling by ICC, the release added.