The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Executive Board, have announced that it will be increasing the number of teams from 12 to 16 in the World Twenty20 Championships, starting from 2014.
The ICC Board, received a report of strategic discussions held during the Chief Executive’s Committee (CEC) in March, and confirmed that the number of teams that will participate in the tournament will be increased.
“The event should remain a joint men’s and women’s event. Three additional Twenty20 Internationals may be played in the year in which the ICC World Twenty20 is being staged provided there is a corresponding reduction in the maximum number of permitted ODIs (as per ICC Scheduling guidelines – the current regulations permit a maximum of 12 T20Is for each Full Member in any one year),” the report stated.
ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, noted that the amount of Twenty20 cricket played was also discussed during the committee meeting.
“The need to manage volume of cricket was considered when agreeing to allow the additional T20Is to be played in a year,” he said.
The ICC, have also announced that the World Twenty20 2014 qualifiers will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates in October 2013, while the 2015 Cricket World Cup qualifying event would be held in New Zealand in October 2014.
With the number of teams in the World Twenty20 Championship to be increased from 12 to 16, fans of the lower ranked nations, will be looking forward to see how far their nation progresses, and also if they pull off an upset by beating one of the higher ranked countries.