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ICC planning to expand the T20 World Cup to 20 teams

May 14, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The International Cricket Council is planning to expand the ICC T20 World Cup to 20 teams. This is going to help develop the game globally. The T20 format has been regarded as a means to attract more people around the world for quite a while now. However, there will be no changes to the 2021 season of the tournament. The forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup will witness 16 teams playing against each other. The decision to expand it to a 20-team tournament will primarily take place from 2024. Due to this, the participating teams may probably be divided into four groups comprising of five teams each. 

The step taken from the ICC can also see an increase in the number of teams participating in the 50-over World Cup. For the last few years, the cricket council has consistently been cutting down the number of teams taking part in the event. For example, 16 teams played in the 2007 World Cup. The number was then cut down to 14 in 2011 and 2015. In the 2019 season of the tournament, just 10 teams participated in the mega event. 

T20 World Cup to be scheduled in India between October 18 to November 15

More teams participating in the tournament is also likely to make the sport more interesting. However, all these matters were discussed in recent Chief Executives' Committee meetings, and there has been notable backing from the members of the panel to expand the sport. During the meeting, both the ECB and BCCI have voiced their desire to participate in the Olympics. However, the BCCI has clearly stated that they will not tolerate any interference from the Indian Olympic Association.

The T20 World Cup is most likely to be scheduled in India between October 18-November 15. However, the competition might be moved to the United Arab Emirates if the Covid-19 situation in the country does not improve. Although BCCI hasn't given up hopes of conducting it, taking the T20 World Cup to the UAE is the contingency plan. It can also not be swapped with Australia as they are going to host the 2022 T20 World Cup. According to various sources, UAE has been kept on standby and, if required, the world cup to be shifted out of India. However, in that case, the hosting rights will still continue to remain with the BCCI.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh