Originally Posted by Evermind
I don't understand - so you want even more minnows playing in the world cup? The global growth of cricket shouldn't be achieved by diluting the cricketing level. I don't really want to see Netherlands (or whichever other minnow) playing England, India, SA and WI ad nauseam, when Australia didn't get to play 3 our of those 4 teams. Make it like football - have a pre-qualifying round or something. Awful minnow vs minnow or test team vs minnow games for an entire month isn't a "world cup".
A "world cup" has to contain more than just the top sides.
No-one complains that the football version contains about 24 sides who have absolutely no hope of winning.
The current format worked because it gave the associates plenty of time in the spotlight.