Ireland 2015 cricket World Cup hopes receive a boost

London: Ireland`s hopes of competing at the 2015 World Cup were boosted Wednesday when the world governing board`s cricket committee recommended a qualifying competition for the 50-over tournament.

Last month the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it would restrict the World Cup, which will be staged in Australia and New Zealand, to its 10 Test-playing member nations only.

Fourteen teams, including Ireland who recorded a memorable win over England after beating Pakistan four years earlier, took part in this year`s World Cup.

"The committee resolved to pass on a recommendation to the chief executives` committee and to the board that they favoured a system of qualification for the World Cup and not making the World Cup restricted to the 10 full members," ICC general manager Dave Richardson told a news conference at Lord`s.

He said this proposal would give Ireland an opportunity to qualify.

Bureau Report

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