International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to increase the number of teams at the T20 World Cup 2024. The council is looking to expand the game to a global level. To do that they need to take more countries. That means they need to allow more teams in future ICC events.
For many franchise leagues over the world cricket has gain a lot of popularity. now the vision is to engage people in broader aspect.
ICC Plans for T20 Cricket:
ICC understands that T20 will be the best format in such a scenario. T20 is easy to adapt to the new countries and the competition between the sides will a lot less one-sided.
Women’s T20 World Cup has been seeing participation from teams like Uganda. But this is a marked change in their attitude as recently ICC had curtailed the number of teams in the 50 over World Cup.
“The ICC has long seen the T20 format as a vehicle for the game’s expansion and there has been previous talk of such an expansion. The ICC have already confirmed their plans to increase the number of teams in their women’s competitions.“- an ICC official said.
However, the fate of the T20I World Cup tournament in 2021 is under dark clouds. The third wave of the COVID-19 virus expected to hit India later this year. In that case, the competition is likely to be shifted abroad. While the future of this year’s competition is in jeopardy, the ICC is looking at an even bigger picture.
BCCI Desires Cricket’s Inclusion At Olympics:
Meanwhile, the report also states that BCCI has seconded ECB in pushing the game into the Olympics but they are in no mood to crossroads with Indian Olympic Association. Unlike IOC which is run by the government, BCCI is a private organization and has no stake-holding from the government whatsoever.
The only time cricket has been played was at the 1900 Summer Olympics.
In 2020, the BCCI in its Annual General Meeting decided to back the ICC’s bid for the inclusion of cricket. They were targeting the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics after getting some clarifications from the International Olympic Committee. In May 2020, Eoin Morgan, the captain of the England cricket team, supported the idea of using the T10 cricket format at the Olympics.