Changes on 50 Over and T20 World Cups
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to increase the number of ODI and T20 World Cup teams. The decision was taken by the apex body of cricket with the aim of making cricket a global sport.
The 2023 World Cup in India will remain a 10-team event
The ICC board meeting held on Tuesday has decided to increase the number of teams participating in the ODI and T20 World Cups from 2024 to 2031. The T-20 World Cup will now be held every two years.
The 2027 and 2031 ODI World Cups will feature 14 teams with a total of 54 games. Similarly, in 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030, there will be 20 teams in the T20 World Cup and 55 games will be played in the competition.
The ICC had increased the number of ODI World Cup teams from 16 in 2007 to 14 in 2011 to 10 in the last World Cup 2019. In the last T20 World Cup 2016, there were 16 teams.
The ICC said the decision to reduce the number of teams was taken after broadcasters complained that there were too many one-sided games when the team was weak.
From 2024, the 14 teams participating in the ODI World Cup will be divided into two groups, after which the top three teams from both groups will enter the Super Six stage. The 2003 ODI World Cup was played in this format.
Similarly, the 20 teams participating in the T20 World Cup will be divided into five groups, after which the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals and finals through the Super-8 stage.
The last time the ICC hosted the Champions Trophy was in 2017. In 2024, it will be organized in one-day format as before.
As before, 8 teams will participate in the competition and a total of 15 games will be played in the competition. After dividing the 8 participating teams into two groups, semi-finals and finals will be played.
The ICC will also continue the ICC World Test Championship, which was not as successful as expected.
For the first and last time in history, Nepal participated in the T20 World Cup held in Bangladesh in 2014.
With the increase in the number of teams in ODI and T20 formats, the possibility of Nepal playing in the World Cup in 2024 has increased. Currently, Nepal is competing in the World Cup League-2, which is a stepping stone to the 2023 ODI World Cup. Three teams from Nepal, Scotland, UAE, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea and USA will be selected to play in the ODI World Cup.
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