London: The ICC Cricket Committee's recommendation to have qualifiers for the 2015 cricket World Cup has given fresh hope to the associate nations, who were fuming over the governing body's earlier decision to scale the event down to just 10 teams. (Also Read: ICC committee backs World Cup qualifiers)
"It's excellent news that another group of people have put their support behind the need for a qualifying process," Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said.
Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston, who was the Associate representative on the cricket committee, said the committee did the right thing in recommending qualifiers.
"Unanimous decision by ICC Cricket Committee to recommend to the Chief Exec Committee there be a qualifier for CWC 2015. A great result!" he tweeted after the two-day meeting on Wednesday.
The associated were earlier furious when the ICC Executive Board decided to make the World Cup a 10-team affair. The decision went back to drawing board only after ICC President Sharad Pawar asked for a reconsideration.
"It is obviously good for cricket and hopefully the ICC Executive Committee would accept the recommendation," an official from the Netherlands' cricket board said.