ICC considering expanding T20 World Cup

The Cricket World Cup Trophy during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and Bangladesh at Cardiff Wales Stadium. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council is considering expanding the T20 World Cup from 16 to 20 teams from 2024, according to UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

The Telegraph reported that the ICC is particularly keen to get the US national team involved in its competition. Indian news website The Week reported that other teams that could potentially be drawn into a larger tournament include Canada, Germany, Nepal and Nigeria. The idea is part of “broader discussions for the shape of international cricket calendar from 2023-2031”.

Two competition formats have been mooted – one in which all 20 teams enter at the first group stage, and one in which leading countries join the tournament in the second round.

The governing body is also reported to be considering new Champions Trophy competitions in the T20 and one-day international formats. The Champions Trophy has historically been a short, one-day international tournament featuring the game’s top international teams.

The ICC is also currently discussed other aspects about the future format of cricket, including shortening five-day test matches to four days, although the latter is facing resistance from some high-profile players.

The Hindustan Times reports that the next round of ICC meetings at which the ideas may be discussed is in March.