ICC World T20 likely to be expanded to 20 teams from 2024
The next edition of the ICC World T20 would be held in 2021, with India being the host. While the tournament has involved 16 teams to date, it could all change from the 2024 edition. It is likely to be expanded to 20 teams.
The most extravagant Twenty20 global event, ICC World T20, is set to be held this year, with Indian being the host. Although hosting the tournament in India seems doubtful due to the troubled COVID situation in the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the International Cricket Council keeps the United Arab Emirates as a backup venue.
It would be the seventh edition of the prestigious tournament, which has traditionally been played involving 16 teams. However, according to ESPNCricinfo, ICC is considering changing it by making it even bigger and expanding it to 20 teams from 2024, with four groups of five teams each.
The ICC has long contemplated the same, while the women's version of the tournament is all set for expansion. Also, to make cricket more competitive and earn more global recognition, the 50-over ICC World Cup is being tipped to be expanded to 14 from ten. It is all being done to solidify ICC's stance of including cricket in the future Olympics.
The same topics were recently discussed in the annual ICC Chief Executives' Committee meetings. ECB's Tom Harrison focussed on the Olympics subject, while BCCI too had recently expressed its interest in the project, besides stating that it would not tolerate Indian Olympic Association's involvement.
ICC is pushing hard to include the sport for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, with high chances of it being included in 2032, likely to be held in Brisbane. Furthermore, ICC would also consider its options in the form of the T10 format, allowing more teams to play the event that has a small window.
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