ICC news March 7, 2012

ICC suggests increasing cap on T20s during World T20 year


The ICC's Chief Executives Committee (CEC) has recommended that member countries play three additional Twenty20 internationals during a World Twenty20 year, to help in their preparations for the global event. That would mean each of ten full ICC members can play a maximum of fifteen Twenty20s, but the decision needs to be ratified by the ICC's Executive Board.

At the moment, each member country is allowed to play six home and six away matches, and a maximum of three Twenty20 matches in a bilateral series.

The CEC also recommended that the number of teams be increased from 12 to 16 for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, to be played in Bangladesh. Last June, during the annual conference, the ICC board had decided to cull four Associate-Affiliate teams from the 2012 and 2014 editions. Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, reasoned the move was inevitable due to structural issues, including costing, with regard to a "package" of three ICC events.

According to Lorgat, by adding four teams to the 2015 50-over World Cup, the ICC had no choice but to cut the number from the Twenty20 events. "If you change one, you have to change the other," he told ESPNcricinfo.

Lorgat sent out a more promising message this time to the Associates and the Affiliates, after the two-day CEC meeting in Dubai. "It was an important discussion and the CEC agreed that further conversations to strategically manage T20 cricket and also to promote all three formats would be beneficial," Lorgat stated in a media release.

In another move to encourage the lesser nations, and in its approach to globalise cricket, the CEC suggested that the Associate and Affiliate Members "consider submitting a detailed proposition" to host a future ICC World Twenty20 event in a developing country or region. Also on the CEC list was the recommendation that the process of hosting the men's and women's events jointly during the World Twenty20 continue.

In addition, the ICC World T20 qualifiers are set for greater exposure when the tournament begins on March 13. QuipuTV, a media company based in Scotland, has signed a deal to stream 14 group matches live online. "This is an exciting opportunity for Associate and Affiliate cricket to be seen by a global audience," Tim Anderson, the ICC's global development manager said. "We are delighted that fans will be able to watch a live online stream of the biggest tournament in the history of the ICC development programme."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nadeem on March 10, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    T2020 is future of cricket, so it's better that ICC take proper measures to promote it to get most profit out of it. Give chance to every country to play T2020 cricket, it has no harm on any other format. ODI teams are still scoring over 300 and in Test cricket batsmen are still scoring double hundreds and have average over 50. Bowlers are doing great too. So nothing wrong in promoting T2020 at all. It is future of cricket so just accept it and move on.

  • Ghana on March 8, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    ICC holds t20 world cup every other year which itself cheapens the whole experience.. And they have a higher cap for the world cup years?

    Its a foolhardy decision. They are shortselling themselves

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Its just like watching a circus unfold. More T20's.... What happened to preserving Test cricket?

  • Adam on March 7, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Would be better if they extended the same regulations to ODIs. 6 home and 6 away in a calendar year sounds about right.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Somehow I feel the 1 t20 match in SA vs Ind might be converted to 3!

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    be cautious give chance top associate and affiliate countries to host i.e., 11 to 20 ranked countries because these countries which have more exposure to cricket than countries which doesnt have no exposure

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    it is a brilliant news if 16 teams are allowed in the world T20 , this is the way to expand the game from the circle of 8- 10 nation who doesnt want other to enter inside it

  • Tom on March 7, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Uhm, what if the event is in June or September? 15 games in 6 months. Or does the 15 include those they play at the event? 20/20 is fun as long as it's not taken too seriously. This ICC event MUST remain the least important for it to continue to be successful. 15 games smacks of revenue hogging. How much more preperation are you going to get from 15 games that you can't get from 12? Rather change the home and away rule, thereby allowing teams to play more in the type of conditions they will face during the 20/20 WC.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    They should hold a World T20 in places like the US or Canada or the Netherlands. If the locals are roped in then it will be a huge success, if only the expatriates of cricket playing country show up, it will still be a big success.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Very Good move by ICC ! Keep World t20 of 16 teams event and Cricket World Cup of 14. Give more matches to atleast Ireland and Afghanistan. Arrange atleast 12-15 odis per year including their world cricket league games...

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