ICC elevates T20 to same level as Cricket World Cup

The International Cricket Council has renamed the World T20 to the T20 World Cup, officially elevating the competition to the same status as the 50-over Cricket World Cup.

“Lots of people have already been referring to the World T20 as the T20 World Cup,” said Nick Hockley, chief executive of the ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 Local Organising Committee. “For this name change to be formalised by the ICC only reinforces the importance of T20 cricket to the global game and that the T20 World Cup is the format’s pinnacle competition.”

Australia will host the men and women’s version of the T20 World Cup in 2020, the first time the two competitions will be played as standalone events in the same host country and in the same year. The organisers said the Women’s final, which is scheduled for the Melbourne Cricket Ground on International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March 2020, represents an opportunity to set a world record for the highest attendance at a women’s sporting event.