ICC T20 World Cup may have 20 teams from 2024

T20 World Cup,T20 World Cup teams,ICC T20 world cup,ICC T20 world cup 2024,T20 cricket world cup

The International Cricket Council is considering to expand the T20 World Cup teams from present 16 to 20 from the 2023-31 cycle, according to a media report in the UK.

The ICC, which views the T20 format as the best way to increase the reach of the sport, is mulling the option as a way for cricket to try and match the popularity of sports like football and basketball, according to the ‘Telegraph.co.uk‘.

The newspaper reported that this consideration is “a part of broader discussions for the shape of international cricket calendar from 2023-2031”. The first T20 World Cup in this cycle is scheduled for 2024.

Also Read: 16-year-old uncapped Richa Ghosh makes her way in India’s T20 World Cup squad

The ICC had earlier put forward a proposal to organise a flagship event every year as a plan to enter the global media rights markets and the a bigger T20 World Cup will also increase the viewership.

A bigger tournament will also increase the likelihood of the participation of the USA, a market where ICC has recently made several attempts to spread the sport. Other teams that could take part are Canada, Germany, Nepal and Nigeria.

The ICC is looking at two options for the format if the tournament expands to 20 teams. One of the options is the current two-tier format used in the T20 World Cup with lower-ranked teams playing the qualifiers to reach the main draw which includes the top countries.

The second possibility could be four groups of five teams each with the top sides from each group progressing to the knockout stage. The ICC is carrying out several discussions about the future of the sport, including shortening of five-day Test matches to four days.

Also Read: Eyeing T20 World Cup, Kohli hints at Prasidh Krishna as ‘surprise package’