Melbourne: Taking note of the widespread criticism of the long drawn out schedule of the 2007 World Cup, International Cricket Council Chief Executive Malcolm Speed has said it could be reduced to 40 days in the next edition to be held in the sub-continent.
"I think next time we will stick with the 16-team format but I would hope we can shave a week from the tournament," Speed was quoted as saying by The Australian.
"This year, we lost two days because of Easter. The West Indian countries are strongly Christian and they did not want us to play on Good Friday. I can see the tournament coming back to 40 days, which is just about right," he added.
Speed, however, said the longer duration of the tournament was good for the publicity of the game.
"I think it is a positive for the game that cricket is on the back pages while the World Cup is on rather than have an abbreviated schedule," he said.