ICC to reduce teams and time for 2011 World Cup

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Kuala Lumpur, Feb 20 (UNI) The 2011 Cricket World Cup to be held in the Indian Sub-continent will have less teams and shorter duration.

According to the proposal, the number of competing nations will be reduced to 14 from 16, which will enable the tournament to be reduced by nine days.

The proposals were mooted at the two-day ICC Chief Executives' committee which concluded here today.

The proposal follows heavy criticism of last year's event in the Carribean's which lasted for 47 days.

As per the new proposed format, top four teams from two pools of seven each, progressing through to the quarter-finals - rather than having a Super Eights round.

At the meeting,the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that international commitments would always take priority over IPL.

No-objection certificates will be required from respective Member Boards as a condition of all players' participation.

The ICC will consult with the BCCI to ensure that anti-corruption and anti-doping processes are put in place for the IPL and that a code of ethics be established for the owners of the teams.

''There has been plenty of speculation about the impact that IPL will have on the world game. The other ICC Members are supportive of the BCCI and will carefully evaluate the first year of the IPL and its wider impact on the game in other parts of the world,'' ICC CEO Malcom Spreed said.

The meeting, confirmed they did not recognise ICL and would not grant permission for their players to take part in it.

It also unanimously approved a proposal prepared by ICC management on the greater use of technology in decision-making.

The committee also agreed that ICC must adopt a zero-tolerance approach to inappropriate public comment and abusive behaviour by players, team officials and individual Member Board members, in accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct.

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