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ICC considering to expand T20WC to 20 teams

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:05 PM, 14 May 2021  

ICC considering to expand T20WC to 20 teams

ICC considering to expand T20WC to 20 teams

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering increasing teams at T20 World Cup. At the same time, the team numbers will be increased in the ODI World Cup. At present 10 teams are participating in ODI World Cup but the numbers may be increased to 14 teams in the future.

The ICC has not yet issued an official statement. However, cricket-based website ESPN Cricinfo claimed that these issues were discussed at the ICC board meeting. In the meantime, ICC officials as well as the major teams have given positive signals in this regard.

The 2021 edition of T20 World Cup is scheduled to be hosted on Indian soil later this year. The number of teams is not increasing in this event. Initially, there are plans to increase that number from the 2024 edition. Current thinking suggests that the version of the event will feature four groups of five teams in its opening phase.

It is, perhaps, the move to increasing the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup which provides the most revealing insight into the changing mood of the ICC. In recent years, the ICC cut the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup (from 16 in 2007 to 14 in 2011 and 2015 and 10 in 2019) arguing that broadcasters preferred the streamlined format with the probability of fewer one-sided games.

All these subjects have been discussed in recent Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) meetings and, though no firm decisions have been taken, there has been a notably more positive appreciation of the benefits of this expansion from the more powerful Full Member countries.

The ICC wants to organize 14-team ODI World Cup by increasing the number of teams like T20 World Cup. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

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