ICC to increase 50 over World Cup to 14 groups; maintain World T20 each two years in subsequent cycle

The T20 World Cup shall be held each two years in the course of the subsequent eight-year Futures Tours & Programme (FTP) cycle whereas the 50-over occasion shall be a 14-team affair from the 2027 version, the sport’s governing physique ICC stated on Tuesday.

Also as per PTI’s earlier report, the World Test Championship may have 4 editions within the subsequent cycle other than two Champions Trophy.

“The ICC Board immediately confirmed the schedule of ICC occasions from 2024-2031 with each the lads’s Cricket World Cup and males’s T20 World Cup to be expanded and a males’s Champions Trophy to be re-introduced,” the worldwide physique stated in a launch issued after the board assembly.

“The males’s Cricket World Cup will turn into a 14 group, 54-match occasion in 2027 and 2031, while the lads’s T20 World Cup shall be expanded to a 20 group, 55-match occasion in 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030.”

The 50-over format at present is a 10-team occasion whereas this version of T20 World Cup shall be a 16-team affair.

“An eight group Champions Trophy shall be hosted in 2025 and 2029. World Test Championship Finals shall be hosted in 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031. The ICC Women’s occasion schedule has already been confirmed with the enlargement of each the Cricket World Cup and T20 World Cup forming a part of the ICC’s long-term dedication to rising the ladies’s sport,” it additional said.

The males’s World Cup format may have two teams of seven, with the highest three in every group progressing to a Super Six stage, adopted by semi-finals and closing.

This is similar format that was used within the 2003 version. The format of the T20 World Cup will consist of 4 teams of 5, with the highest two from every group going by way of to a Super Eights stage, adopted by the knockout phases of semi-finals and a closing.

The Champions Trophy will observe earlier editions with two teams of 4, semi-finals and closing.

The ICC Board additionally authorized the method for figuring out the hosts for all males’s, girls’s and U-19 occasions within the subsequent cycle.

The hosts for the lads’s occasions shall be determined in September following a variety course of that may get underway this month.

The internet hosting course of for girls’s and U-19 occasions will start in November and shall be a chance to have interaction with a wider vary of Members together with first-time hosts.

“Having the ICC occasion schedule confirmed by way of to 2031 is a major step ahead for cricket and can kind the idea of our progress technique for the following decade,” ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice stated.

“The revised strategy to choosing hosts for our occasions will give us far more flexibility to develop the sport and have interaction new followers. There is a smaller pool of nations with the infrastructure wanted to host our senior males’s occasions which narrows the choice course of.

“Additionally, a lot of our Members expressed curiosity in internet hosting Women’s and U19 occasions which provides us an important alternative to stage occasions in established and rising cricket nations.”


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