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How the ICC is planning to expand cricket globally? All you need to know- KreedOn

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The ICC announced the expansion of global events for men’s cricket on Tuesday. After the virtual board meeting of the International Cricket Council, it was confirmed that the Champions Trophy will be re-introduced. A total of 8-teams will participate in 2024 and 2028. The Champions Trophy will follow the previous structure, i.e two groups of four, semi-finals and final.

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In the virtual conference of ICC, decisions were taken on T20 & 50-over WC as well. The T20 WC, in which a total of 16 teams compete at present, will now be expanded to 20 teams in the 2024-31 cycle. As many as 4 T20 WCs will be organized in the said period. The T20 WC will be a 55-match tournament during the said period.

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Whereas, the 50-over World Cup will be expanded to 14 teams in 2027 – 2031. Previously, it was brought down to 10 teams in 2019. A total of 54 matches will be played in the 50-over World Cup tournament. Notably, India will host a 50-over WC in 2023. A total of 10-teams will participate in the tournament.

Meanwhile, the World Test Championship will continue in the next Future Tours and Programmes Cycle (FTP). WTC Finals will be organized in 2025, 2027, 2029, and 2031. However, it will be interesting to see if the WTC final could be organized at the end of the current cycle in 2023.

The formats of T20 World Cup and 50-over

50-over World Cup: 2 Groups of 7 teams each, top 3 qualify for Super Six

“Men’s Cricket World Cup format will have 2 groups of 7, with the top 3 in each group progressing to a Super Six stage, followed by semi-finals and final. This is the same format that was used in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2003,” the ICC said in a release.

“The format of the Men’s T20 WC will consist of 4 groups of 5, with the top 2 from each group going through to a Super Eights stage, followed by the knockout stages of semi-finals and a final,” it added.

ICC Men and Women’s Global Events Schedule for 2024-31 cycle (Teams, Matches in Braces)

YearMen’s ScheduleWomen’s ScheduleU-19
2024T20 World Cup (20/55)T20 World Cup (10/23)Men’s CWC
2025Champions Trophy (8/15)

World Test Championship Final (2/1)

Cricket World Cup (8/31)Women’s T20WC
2026T20 World Cup (20/55)T20 World Cup (12/33)Men’s CWC
2027Cricket World Cup (14/54)

World Test Championship Final (2/1)

T20 Champions Trophy (6/16)Women’s T20WC
2028T20 World Cup (20/55)T20 World Cup (12/33)Men’s CWC
2029Champions Trophy (8/15)

World Test Championship Final (2/1)

Cricket World Cup (10/48)Women’s T20WC

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2030T20 World Cup (20/55)T20 World Cup (12/33)Men’s CWC
2031Cricket World Cup (14/54)

World Test Championship Final (2/1)

T20 Champions Trophy (6/16)Women’s T20WC

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Aditya Mishra
IIMC'n. National Level Athlete (400m- 50.23). Sports and Defence enthusiast. Busy decoding: "MANSHA-VACHA-KARMA"

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