More groups for ICC World Cups, India get until June 28 to resolve T20 WC venue

The International cricket council (ICC) has deferred till June 28 a choice on the host venue for the October-November T20 World Cup. This resolution was made at its Board assembly after event hosts BCCI sought extra time, contemplating the grim pandemic scenario in India.

Though BCCI has shortlisted 9 cities in India, the UAE because the contingent venue is more likely to get the nod. BCCI will retain its internet hosting rights. Its officers, led by secretary Jay Shah, are within the UAE to agency up preparations for the remainder of the halted IPL that can be performed earlier than the World Cup.

“The ICC Board has requested administration focus its planning efforts for the T20 World Cup 2021 on the occasion being staged within the UAE with the opportunity of together with one other venue within the Middle East,” an ICC assertion mentioned. Oman is more likely to turn out to be a venue moreover Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. A window of almost a month additionally offers BCCI time to proceed talks with its authorities to safe tax exemptions for internet hosting the World Cup.


The subsequent ICC occasions cycle (2024-31) could have a limited-overs world occasion yearly. The ICC board introduced that there could be 4 T20 World Cups with a spot of two years every (2024-30), two ODI World Cup (2027, 2031) and Champions Trophy (2025, 2029) editions.

This after the Big 3 boards of India, England and Australia climbed down from their earlier stance to have six, and never eight, ICC occasions within the subsequent cycle. The ICC Chairmanship elections have been fought on this main agenda, with the richer boards wanting to guard the window for his or her bilateral calendar and T20 leagues.

“Having the ICC occasion schedule confirmed by means of to 2031 is a big step ahead for cricket and can type the idea of our development technique for the following decade,” ICC appearing CEO Geoff Allardice mentioned.


ICC has additionally okayed better participation in World Cups, T20 in addition to ODI. The T20 World Cup, seen as a automobile to develop the game, can be a 55-match occasion performed by 20 groups 2024 onwards, up from 16 groups. The 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia can be within the present type. The ODI World Cup will increase to a 14-team 54-match occasion within the subsequent rights cycle, after the 10-team 2023 version in India. Champions Trophy could have eight groups.

“Many affiliate nations wished the World Cups to be made extra inclusive. Everyone together with the Indian board gave it the inexperienced sign,” an ICC board official mentioned. The 14-team World Cup will revert to the Super Six format, after three groups every qualify from two teams of seven. The T20 World Cup can be performed in a Super Eights format, with the highest two from 4 teams of 5 qualifying, adopted by the semis and closing. The Champions Trophy could have two teams of 4, semi-finals and closing.

It was additionally determined that the World Test Championship will proceed to be performed each two years (2025-31). India face New Zealand within the inaugural WTC closing in Southampton from June 18.

After the ICC AGM subsequent month, contemporary ICC media rights tenders can be floated.


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