Scotland win over England ‘sends message to ICC’ about smaller World Cup

BBC Sport:  

Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn has urged the International Cricket Council to review its decision to cut the Cricket World Cup to just 10 teams.

Bradburn believes the Scots’ stunning one-day international win over England has sent a “fantastic message” to the world governing body.

The ICC opted to cut the tournament from 14 teams to 10 for 2019, and Scotland narrowly failed to qualify.

“We are absolutely gutted about that,” Bradburn told BBC Radio 5 live.

“Obviously yesterday was another message. I don’t think it would be any surprise for cricket folk around the world to know that we competed [with England].

“But to compete and win sends a fantastic message to the world governing body that there are not just 10 teams who are well capable of playing at a World Cup. There are three or four of our fellow associate nations that need to be there as well.

“Obviously 2019 has been decided but we hope common sense prevails and that decision for 10 teams is reviewed for 2023.

“It has to be reviewed now. The idea of the governing body is to grow the game and to shrink the World Cup is no way to grow the game.”

Scotland were denied a place in the 2019 tournament when rain stopped their final match against West Indies in the qualifying tournament in March.

“It was just brutal, with only two teams out of the 10 going through,” noted Bradburn. “But what that created was some fantastic, meaningful cricket.

“It is an obvious one for me to start having two tiers, with promotion and relegation.

“That would mean having real cricket with context among the top 15 or 16 teams in the world, because that many teams are worthy of competing at a World Cup.”

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