19 Feb '11, 10pm

www.Ireland-VIP.com Ireland: World Cup 'lockout' a step backward: IRELAND batsman Ed Joyce said barring the seco...

IRELAND batsman Ed Joyce said barring the second-tier sides from the next World Cup will be a step backward. He said the plan by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reduce the number of places at a World Cup, and making it harder for the Irish team to qualify, would hinder cricket's development in the country. He said offering an extra four places at the World Twenty20 championship instead was 'small consolation.' 'It would be a backward step for us not to be at the (50-over) World Cup,' Joyce said in a phone interview from the team's hotel in Dhaka on Friday. 'It's disappointing, but it's out of our hands.' Joyce, who also played one-day international cricket for England, said he understood why the ICC was placing more focus on the shorter Twenty20 format for developing nations, but added: 'I don't completely buy it. 'I don't see why it (an expanded World Twenty20)...

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