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ICC planning to make major changes to T20 World Cup



ICC planning to make T20 World Cup changes for 2024 edition

The next edition of the ICC T20 World Cup is set to take place in Australia later this year where 16 teams will compete with each other to become the world champions.

The format will be played in a two-tier concept where the top-ten teams will join the two qualifying ones from the first stage to form a Super-12 where the sides’ will be divided into two groups of six each.

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MS Dhoni has led India to the 50 over and 20 over World Cup (Image credit: Getty)

However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to increase the number of teams to 20 in the Men’s T20 World Cup.

The first T20 World Cup of the next cycle will take place in 2021, and if the reports in the Telegraph are to be believed, the 2024 edition might have 20 teams.

Changes to the format of the competition

If the T20 World Cup is extended to 20 teams, there are several ideas for the new format that will have to be implemented.

One of the concepts is for all the 20 teams to enter the competition at the same stage, with four groups of five teams each.

Another option is the current two-tier format where the top International sides play qualifying sides from the first round in the second stage.

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MS Dhoni (L) celebrates as India beat Pakistan in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup (Image credit: Getty)

The ICC has been criticised for reducing the 50-over World Cup to just ten sides, but this idea, they believe, is the best way to expand the game.

The FIFA World Cup is set to increase the teams to 48 from the 2026 and the ICC believes that this could be cricket’s way to keep pace with the growing popularity of other sports.

The next round of ICC meetings are in March where several issues will be discussed.

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This includes the idea of four-day Tests from the next Test championship as well. However, with most international cricketers against the idea to reduce five days of play to four, the idea is likely to be scrapped.

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