The ICC – International Cricket Council is reportedly looking for expanding the number of teams in the upcoming T20-International Cricket World Cup from 16 to 20.
According to reports, the ICC is considering a number of proposals to expand the reach of Cricket sport to new regions to match the global popularity of sports such as football.
T20I cricket due to its limited-overs (20 each innings) and exciting gameplay is being pitched as the best candidate to make inroads into untapped markets.
The new strategy will reportedly be employed during the 2023-31 phase of ICC’s long-term strategic planning with the 2024 T20I world cup being the first one to feature 20 teams.
The inclusive strategy is set to grab the North American and African markets with the USA, Canada and Nigeria being the most likely teams to be included in the new lineup.
Along with the expansion of participating teams from 16 to 20, the ICC is also considering different options for T20I World Cup Formats.
Currently, the lower-ranked teams are pitched against each other to determine the qualifiers for the main event where top-ranked 8 or 10 teams are playing their own group matches.
One proposal under consideration is to emulate the football model where all teams are divided into 4-5 groups and leaders of each group then move to the next stage and so on.
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