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There could be good news on the horizon for Associate nations as the International Cricket Council (ICC) are likely to add two teams to the main draw of the World Twenty20.
In previous editions of the tournament, including this year, the main draw has been known as the Super 10, but should two more teams be added, it will become known as the Super 12.
The idea is still in the works though and was discussed at the Associates meeting of the ongoing ICC annual conference in Edinburgh.
Speaking about the proposed change to the World Twenty20 main draw, Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) chief executive Tim Cutler told ESPNcricinfo: “What I have heard described is that two teams will go through from [each] first group to create a Super 12. That seems to be the agreed format at the moment. Hopefully that means with two [more] going through, potentially two more could come into the qualifiers to make 18 but the sound of it at the moment is it’s going to be 16 into 12. It’s a move in the right direction.”
Meanwhile, the ICC are also planning to give three Associate representatives full voting privileges, which would give them a voice when it comes to making decisions and mapping out the future of the sport.
According to numerous sources, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar is set to implement this measure later this week.
“Everything we’re hearing from the ICC chairman really does point towards a new era in ICC governance and the structures behind that,” Cutler said. “We talk about one man, one vote, are we going to have a 105-member federation with votes? Highly unlikely in the short term but if we do get to a point where the three Associate directors have a vote each, that really does shift the paradigm that was the ICC board and really moving things in the right direction where emerging nations really do have a true voice at the top table.”