The International Cricket Council (ICC) is reportedly considering adding extra editions of its World Twenty20 national team tournament in 2018 and 2022 as a means to tap into the rapidly developing format of the sport.
UK newspaper The Telegraph said the ICC has opened talks with broadcast partners about altering the hosting format of the World T20 so it is staged every two years, rather than on a quadrennial basis.
India hosted this year’s edition of the World T20 from March 8 to April 3, with the next edition of the tournament currently due to be hosted by Australia in 2020. The Telegraph said talks were held in fringe meetings at the ICC’s board meeting in Dubai last month about holding a World Twenty20 every two years with reigning champion the West Indies a possibility for the proposed 2018 tournament and the UAE in 2022.
The newspaper added that the proposal is expected to be added to the agenda for the ICC’s annual general meeting in Edinburgh at the end of June for formal discussion. The collapse of the Champions League Twenty20, a tournament for the world’s best club teams, has left a potential September-October slot in the calendar for additional World T20s.
Speaking in the wake of the 2016 World T20, ICC chief executive David Richardson said he was keen to expand the size of the World Twenty20. While Richardson said he believed the tournament’s current format proved a success, he added that he would push for at least two more teams to be added to the first and second round in future competitions.
The ICC reported “unprecedented” broadcast and digital figures from this year’s tournament, the first major event produced by its ICC TV division.