There are so many T20 leagues across every nation. However, in cricket it is the ICC tournaments which decides the champions of the world. There may be Champions trophy. There may be World Cup. But there will be no World T20 Championship next year.
The seventh edition of World T20 next year is all set to be scrapped and will now be held in 2020, according to the sources in the ICC.
“Yes, it is true that we are skipping with World T20 edition in 2018. Look, no venue was decided. The primary reason is there are too many bilateral series happening between member nations. It was not possible to schedule the tournament in 2018,” says an influential ICC source as quoted by TOI.
The tournament is set to be put on halt for 3 years and the venue is not yet decided.
“Yes, the tournament will return in 2020. It could be South Africa or Australia. The other reason apart from the bilateral series was that with too many ICC events on the anvil, the member nations were also of the view that it needed to be spaced out,” the source added.
Bilateral series is a money spinner for all nations with major riches coming through broadcast deals. Especially, if India tours any nation, the host member board earns millions of dollars through TV broadcast rights.
The Indian team is already scheduled to play in South Africa, followed by England and Australia tour for the better part of next year.
As of now, the next Champions Trophy scheduled in 2021 in India is still on.
The main focus for the upcoming ICC Annual Conference starting here from Monday will be getting the long-standing proposal for the World Test Championship.
ICC has long planned at least one world event across all formats.
TOI also reports that BCCI may request an increase in their share from the now proposed $390 million but member boards are unlikely to give in to their demands if they consider them unreasonable.