ICC Cricket World Cup prize money raised to $ 10 m

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  • DRS to be used in all 49 matches; no super over in tied matches during knockout phase
  The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced a 20% increase in prize money for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The winners will take home $ 3.975 million (3.18 million euros), but if a team remains unbeaten that would rise to more than $ 4 m. “A total of $10 million, an increase of approximately 20% over the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, will be available,” said the ICC.
  Cricket World Cup Trophy with a reflection of spectators on hand to meet the Royals during the countdown to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup at Latimer Square on April 14, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (GETTY)
  The 2011 edition jointly hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had prize money of $ 8.01 million. “Should a team at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 win the tournament without losing a match, it will receive total prize money of $ 4,020,000, while a team that loses one match on the way to winning the tournament will receive $ 3,975,000.” The team which loses the 29 March final at Melbourne will pocket $ 1.75 million while the two losing semi-finalists will each get $600,000 each. The four losing quarter-finalists will receive $300,000 each while the winners of each group matches will get $45,000 per match, the ICC said. All six teams eliminated from the first stage will get $35,000 each. The decision was taken at a two-day ICC Board meeting in Dubai while playing conditions were also finalised for the 10th edition of the World Cup, from 14 February to 29 March. The ICC also announced that the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used in all 49 matches and that there would only be reserve days in the knock-out phase. It also added that there will be no super over in tied matches in the knock-out phase. In case of a tied quarter-final and semifinal, the side finishing in the higher position in the group stage would progress. If the final is tied or if the match is a no-result, then the teams will be declared joint winners. The ICC Board approved cut-off dates for qualification to the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup. The top eight sides on the ICC one-day rankings on 30 September 2015 will qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. The cut-off date for the 10-team 2019 World Cup, also in England, was set for 30 September 2017. The top eight ranked sides on that date will automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the ninth and 10th ranked teams will play in the World Cup qualifying competition in Bangladesh in 2018.

 Border calls for end to T20 internationals

Allan Border fears for the demise of 50-over internationals but believes next year's World Cup will be 'an absolute ripper' – Getty Images   Reuters: Former Australia captain Allan Border has called for an end to Twenty20 internationals outside the World Cup and hopes the 50-over game will not be allowed to “wither and die”. Australia’s domestic international season began last week when they played three T20s against South Africa with both sides fielding weakened sides in front of disappointing crowds. To follow that are a five-match ODI series against the Proteas, a four-test series against India, a triangular ODI series also featuring India and England as well as the 14 February to 29 March one-day World Cup. With some fearing that 84 days of international cricket in one summer is close to saturation point, Border made it clear which format he felt was surplus to requirements. “I wouldn’t be playing T20 international cricket at all, I would save that for a World Cup every two years,” Border said in an interview with ABC radio. “I think there is enough domestic Twenty20 cricket to fill the program out quite nicely ... there’s Twenty20 competitions in basically every country. “Why we have to play international Twenty20 cricket as well as that?” Border led Australia to the first of their four 50-over World Cup triumphs in 1987 and played 273 matches in the format for his country, retiring before internationals were played in Twenty20. “I’d hate to see the 50-over game wither and die, I really think it’s a wonderful game of cricket and I think the World Cup coming up in Australia and New Zealand will be an absolute ripper,” he said. “I think that would be a shame, I think the 50-over game is a superior game to 20-over cricket. “I prefer the 50-over game as far as the ebb and flow, the bowler is in the contest a little more, and you can have little periods where you bat or bowl yourself out of the game and then bat or bowl yourself back into the game. “That’s very difficult to do in 20-over cricket.”