Does this mean the runner-up (losing finalist) doesn't go through, but one of the four teams behind them does?Well it looks like the prelim finals will be as follows:
Afghanistan vs Namibia (winner qualifies)
Netherlands vs Scotland
Ireland vs Canada
As I said before there are only two places available.
Yeah and Pakistan have played ok recently and should be given direct access to the knockout stages at world cups in future
I really wanted to see Italy go through I also wish more of the smaller nations were allowed to play in global compeitions. If not the ODI World Cup, at least the 20/20 World Cup. Don't see the ICC's reasoning behind it?
For the Associates, it will be more of an added advantage. See, first up they dont get many games and if they play well in the limited opportunites available to them,this could work as an incentive.
Agreed that the ICC has granted provisional ODI status to a few teams, however, they dont seem to get enough opportunties to compete at the peak.
complicated system not helped by the order of matches.