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WELLINGTON---New Zealand cap-
tain Brendon McCullum hopes Sun-
day s Cricket World Cup final in
Melbourne will be "one more, big
fairytale finish" to the international
career of Daniel Vettori.
Vettori has announced Sunday s
match against either Australia or India
will be the last of his international
career. He will retire as New Zealand s
most-capped tests player---with 113
matches---and One-Day internation-
als---Sunday s match will be his 291st
for New Zealand and he needs three
more dismissals Sunday to finish with
300 ODI wickets.
Vettori made his debut aged 18
in 1997 and, now 36, has spent half
his life in the New Zealand team.
While he says retirement "is not
what I m thinking about," his team-
mates want to help him end his
career with a win.
"He s been an outstanding con-
tributor for us," McCullum said. "He s
played for New Zealand for half his
"(A win) would be a great way to
potentially send him off."
Vettori is still a key member of the
New Zealand team and has demon-
strated his value throughout the
World Cup with a series of frugal
bowling performances and cameo
innings. He was at the crease on seven
not out when Grant Elliott hit the
winning runs in Tuesday s semifinal
against South Africa.
"I guess it was potentially his last
game on home soil and for him to
be out there at the end and be as
instrumental and as calm as he was
under pressure, it was superb,"
"He was struggling a bit with his
back, too. He s played a lot of his
career with bumps and bruises and
niggles and strains. He s a tough cus-
tomer and he s been an amazing ser-
But Vettori doesn t want his swan-
song to distract New Zealand from
its aim of winning the World Cup
for the first time.
"It s not what I m thinking about,"
he said. "It s just about having some
fun and enjoying the game and enjoy-
ing the buildup to a World Cup final,"
he said. "No-one else in New Zealand
cricket history has been able to expe-
rience that before so it s pretty exciting
to experience a grand final week.
"The chance to play a World Cup
final regardless of where you are in
your career is something everyone
Council chief executive Dave
Richardson has tempered calls for
the 2019 World Cup to be expand-
ed from its planned ten teams, say-
ing the sport s governing body is
concentrating on building com-
petitiveness among the interna-
tional teams rather than expan-
On the sidelines of the World
Cup semifinal in which Australia
beat defending champion India by
95 runs at the Sydney Cricket
Ground yesterday, Richardson said
the ICC leadership would look at
its current position of limiting the
2019 tournament to 10 teams.
But he said it was unlikely to shift
its position despite pressure from
the second-tier---or Associate---
teams and cricket fans globally.
"I still would like to keep that
debate for another day," said
Richardson, a former South Africa
test wicketkeeper. "I think the board
will discuss that at their meetings
in April. The decision has been
made, as we stand it s a ten-team
tournament at the next World Cup."
Richardson said there should be
more thought given to what is being
done to enable Associate countries
to qualify for a World Cup,
"whether it s an eight-team, ten-
team, 12-team, 14 or 16-team" tour-
"I think that s where we ve made
the most progress," he said. "We
want the World Cup to not just be
a window-dressing but a shop win-
dow for cricket at the highest level."
Richardson said the ICC s focus
was now consolidating on its growth
and ensuring cricket playing coun-
tries remain competitive, while
hinting at a focus on the US mar-
"I think there s a slight change
in strategy (on) our board in that
we ve been through a phase of try-
ing to grow the game from 44
members playing to 106 members,"
"Now we realize, let s not spread
ourselves our too thin, we ve got
full member countries, Zimbabwe
being one, West Indies maybe,
where we ve got to be careful that
they don t fall off the ship.
"We might have a pool of ten
teams that are reasonably compet-
itive at the moment, so trying to
grow that pool."
Richardson gave the United States
as an example of a "country that
has enormous potential" in the
"It ll be challenging because they
don t have the necessary adminis-
tration and infrastructure in place,"
he said. "I don t think it ll happen
in this eight-year cycle but maybe
in the next where we take a major
event to one of those countries."
Player behavior was another
potential issue for the ICC this tour-
nament after several high-profile
incidents involving Australia and
India in a recent Test series. However,
Richardson claimed the World Cup
had been played in a good spirit.
"I think the player behavior in
this tournament has been excellent,"
Richardson said. "I think the players
are starting to realise, or understand
better, where the line is and that
we re not trying to stamp out
aggressive play, just trying to stamp
out loutish behavior."
Kiwis hopes to send
off Vettori in style
Focus is more competitive,
not just more teams
New Zealand's Martin Guptill is congratulated by teammate Daniel
Vettori, left, as he leaves the field after scoring 237 not out against the
West Indies during their Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match in
Wellington, New Zealand, last Saturday. AP PHOTO
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