#CWC15: Tendulkar says team reduction in 2019 a backward step

Sachin Tendulkar has called the ICC’s decision to reduce the number of teams from 14 to 10 at the 2019 World Cup “a backward step”.

Tendulkar, joined Cricket Badger’s #14not10in2019 Twitter campaign, by saying that the reduction in sides at the 2019 World Cup would be unfair to the Associate nations.

Tendulkar, an ambassador for the World Cup, told an audience at an exclusive dinner that the governing body should instead be exploring ways to expand the next tournament to as many as 25 teams.

“I found out the next World Cup would only be ten teams,” said Tendulkar. “Which is slightly disappointing because as a cricketer I want the game to be globalised as much as possible and, according to me, this is a backwards step,

“We’ve got to find ways of encouraging the lesser teams.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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