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ICC members to debate future of T20

The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s full-member national boards will meet in Kolkata next month to debate a discussion paper on the future of Twenty20 amid concerns that other formats of the sport are being irrevocably left behind.

The discussion paper will include a series of recommendations that are designed to protect Test and one-day international cricket by curbing the number of Twenty20 matches in which players can compete every year, according to the Guardian newspaper.

Under the proposals, players under the age of 32 would be restricted to three domestic Twenty20 leagues per year, while regional T20 windows would leave six months of the year clear for international cricket from 2023 onwards.

The regional windows would be split into three zones – Asia, Europe/Americas and Africa/Pacific – and cover two-month blocks in April and May, mid-July to mid-September, and December and January.

Other suggestions include forcing all leagues to pay 20 per cent of a player’s contract value to their home board as “compensation”, capping the number of overseas players in each domestic T20 league and introducing standardised conditions that guarantee player welfare and payments.

The report added that the aim is to strike a balance between domestic and international cricket that will allow new Test and one-day international leagues to thrive alongside T20 cricket from 2019.