The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday that it had been asked by its president, Sharad Pawar, to reconsider proposals to streamline the cricket World Cup.

Under plans announced during an ICC summit in Mumbai earlier this month, participation at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups would be restricted to just the 10 full ICC member teams.

This decision was part of a strategic restructure of ICC events and the context and content for international cricket.

This year's World Cup, won by India, featured 14 teams, and the decision to exclude non Test-playing nations such as Ireland and Kenya from future editions prompted angry protests from the countries set to be left out.

In a press release from the ICC, Pawar said: “I have given this matter further serious thought and will request the Board to consider this topic once more.

“I can understand the views of the Associates and Affiliates and ICC will seek to deal with this issue in the best way possible.”

More In: Cricket | Sport