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Minnows to play 64 ODIs before World Cup

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Dubai, Feb 24 (UNI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced an increased number of ODI matches for the six Associate Member countries that will participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup next year.

The six sides - Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, The Netherlands and Scotland - are expected to play at least 64 ODI matches before the World Cup March next year, including scheduled matches against Full Member countries.

''The ICC is delighted to be able to announce such a dramatic increase in the number of ODI matches to be played by these Associate Member countries,'' ICC CEO Malcolm Speed said in a press release here..

''It is essential that their top players are exposed to regular competitive international cricket if they are to continue to develop and this is a very significant step in the right direction,'' he added.

The schedule will see seven Full Member countries hosting or participating in matches involving Associate Members before the World Cup while other countries have indicated their commitment to post-World Cup involvement.

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