Malcolm Speed and Michael Vaughan have now added their voices to the growing list criticisng FIFA, sorry I mean ICC, for their decision to gerrymander the qualifying rules for the 2015 world cup.
Sorry to bang on about this, but I do have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about this one.
There seems to be two schools of thought in the criticism of ICC. One is the ‘it is out of order on Ireland’ line, the other is that it is just ‘a bad decision for cricket in general,’ as it isn’t going to help promote the growth of cricket on a world level.
Vaughan seems to be in the Ireland camp, Speed the cricket in general camp.
Malcolm Speed said it was an “insular and backward looking” decision and that it is in keeping with the way things where going towards the end of his tenure.
Cynics – and I may be one of them – may say that it is convenient for Speed to get himself back in the public eye as he is currently releasing his memoirs.
Where both Vaughan and Speed agree (and me, for what it’s worth) is that the ten world cup spaces should be made up of the top 8 ranked countries, with two qualifiers from the remaining test sides and associate nations.
I’m also pleased to see Cricket Ireland’s justified tantrum throwing continue with another attack on ICC, with Cricket Ireland claiming that ICC are “unfit for purpose or governance”.
I’m not sure it will do them any good in the long run, but it is funny seeing someone pan ICC in this manner, keep up the good work lads.