Author: Abhishek Rajan
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to increase the no. of teams in the T20 World Cup and make it a broader competition, as per a report published in The Telegraph.
There have been a lot of talks about the global development of cricket in the last few years, but there hasn’t been much activity from the ICC in this regard. However, they now seem to be willing to take steps.
While they are going to have discussions over cutting down the length of Test matches from five days to four days, the rumored expansion of the T20 World Cup might be another big step towards the global development of the game.
ICC is firmly of the view that T20 cricket is the right format to promote cricket worldwide.
Test cricket and ODI cricket, which are the two traditional formats of the game, haven’t managed to draw too much of interest from the US or the European market because of their duration.
While a Test match takes five days to finish, a One Day International also takes round about eight hours which is still a significant amount of time.
For people to come and watch the games, it’s important that the games start at non-working hours and provide high-speed entertainment. T20 cricket fulfills both the criteria.
If ICC indeed expands the T20 World Cup to 20 teams, the associate nations might have a group round among themselves before the select few of them make to the next round to play against the top teams.
The reason why it is important to have a group round among the associate nations first is because there is a huge gulf in the quality of the top teams and the associate nations at this point in time. If all the teams start at the group stage, there will be a lot of one-sided games.
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