The death-knell for the 50-over Champions Trophy is the latest stage of efforts to use 20 over cricket in a new campaign to get wider recognition and a potential Olympic place.
“The T20 format we always knew was the vehicle for growing the game and transforming the game from being a sport played by a few countries to a truly global sport,” ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said after the world body met in Kolkata.
The next Champions Trophy “will be turned into a world T20 and that fits in with our strategy to use T20 as a way of growing the game,” Richardson added.
David Richardson: "We are committed to growing the game and T20 is the vehicle through which we’ll do this and removing restrictions and having all Members ranked is a positive step forward." pic.twitter.com/VlV3xiJQji— ICC (@ICC) April 26, 2018
It means there will be a World T20 in Australia in 2020 and another the following year. But Richardson said after 2021 the World T20 would be held every two years “to provide more teams with more opportunities to play”.
The 50-over World Cup will remain a four yearly event. It is in England next year and India in 2023.
Richardson said cricket still holds out hope of getting an Olympic place by the time of the 2028 Los Angeles Games.
In a further boost to the T20 game, the ICC has also decided to give “international status” to all 20 over matches between the world body’s 100-plus member nations.
“New minimum standards will be introduced making it as easy as possible for members to play international cricket in a sustainable and affordable way,” said an ICC statement.
Global rankings will also be introduced from November for women’s teams and May 2019 for men.
The official and complete schedule for the 10-team competition to be held in England will be released on Thursday by the ICC.
All eyes will of course be on the India-Pakistan clash with the arch-rivals currently limited to playing each other only in multi-team tournaments due to ongoing political tensions between the two countries.
That match has been scheduled to take place on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester according to a senior BCCI official.
Interestingly, the India-Pakistan clash has usually been the opening fixture for both teams when it comes to ICC events but that will not be the case in the 2019 edition of the World Cup.
The ICC’s Chief Executives (CEC) meeting is currently ongoing in Kolkata and will come to a conclusion on Friday. India were earlier slated to open their World Cup campaign on June 2 but this has date has now been altered due to the Lodha Committee’s recommendations that a 15-day gap be maintained between the IPL and India’s international assignments.
“The 2019 IPL will be played between March 29 and May 19. But we need to maintain a 15-day gap and World Cup starts on May 30. Therefore as per a 15-day gap, we could have only played on June 5. Earlier, we were scheduled to start on June 2 but we couldn’t have played on that day,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by the PTI (Press Trust of India) on the condition of anonymity.
“South Africa are our first opponents. The CEC agreed and the matter has been referred to the ICC board,” the official went on to add.
The board posted a video of retired Australian paceman Damien Fleming – who shares a birthday with Tendulkar – bowling the Indian great with a quick delivery.
“Some @bowlologist gold from the man himself – happy birthday, Damien Fleming!” Cricket Australia quipped in its tongue-in-cheek message.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) April 24, 2018
But the humour was lost on Tendulkar’s millions of fans on the subcontinent, who seemed to either miss the joke or balk at the perceived slight on such a hallowed day.
“No matter how many bans, Australians will never change,” wrote Shashank, a Tendulkar fan, dredging up the recent bans handed to top Australian players over a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
“Hi, could you please check the full footage of that match to know that @bowlologist got swing because of any sandpaper or sugar ?????” wrote Arjun, another fan, also alluding to the affair that saw Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft suspended.
Tendulkar – who is followed by almost 26 million fans on Twitter and worshipped by many more in India – has not commented on the video.
By popular demand, we’ve rustled up a classic ODI compilation of Sachin Tendulkar as the Litte Master celebrates his 45th birthday! pic.twitter.com/rsb7hyEozp
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) April 24, 2018
His birthday was celebrated across the country, with many of his ardent followers cutting cakes in rituals given airtime on Indian television.
Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer of all time in both Test matches and one-day internationals, retired after playing in 200 Tests in which he scored 15,921 runs.