Former Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden has come out in support of ICC’s decision to keep the 2015 World Cup elite.
This comes after a wide debate over the structure of the 2015 World Cup with the ICC insisting on a 10-team format as against the formats followed in all previous versions. Teams like Ireland had put up their dissatisfaction on the elite format arguing that it would hamper the involvement of the so called minnows.
“I sympathise with the arguments but these competitions are about the world’s finest and even though Ireland produced some outstanding cricket, which shows the support mechanisms for our developing nations are working, I still think the World Cup should be for the premium sides”, Hayden told a magazine in an interview.
Hayden, who is now a director of Cricket Australia, played a pivotal role in Australia's successful World Cup campaigns in 2003 and 2007 and was skeptical of the quality of the World Cups.