England's low seeding
The draw and format for the 1999 tournament - the fourth time England have hosted the World Cup - will be made on 11 July, when details of the International Cricket Council's annual meeting will be made public. Among other matters will be the role of the ICC in world cricket.
If a proposal by David Richards, the chief executive, and Clyde Walcott, the chairman, to be granted powers of intervention is approved by the meeting, then the previously toothless ICC will acquire a set of dentures and be able to legislate in certain matters. The recent accusations of bribery against Pakistani players by some Australians is a case in point.
Richards is confident that the proposal will be passed, thus allowing an executive committee to convene at short notice to react to contentious issues rather than, as has been the case in the past, merely referring the matter to the respective cricket boards.
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