CT could be scrapped for more WT20s
International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to scrap 50-over tournament Champions Trophy to continue staging World T20s after every two years. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বন্ধ হয়ে যাচ্ছে চ্যাম্পিয়ন্স ট্রফি?]
Pakistan won the latest Champions Trophy beating India by 180 runs in the Final at The Oval. The next Champions Trophy tournament is supposed to be held in 2021 in India. But according to ICC chief executive Dave Richardson, this could be the last Champions Trophy.
After 2016 WT20 won by West Indies, it is already confirmed that there won’t be any World T20 in 2018. The 2020 edition will be hosted by Australia. Richardson has said that two WT20s in a four-year circle gains a lot of viewers. He feels there is no need for two 50-over tournament.
“What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens,” Richardson told reporters via telephone on the eve of the ICC’s annual conference in London.
“At this stage, the next Champions Trophy is still scheduled for India in 2021. Whether that gets changed, the consideration has been given to changing to two T20s in a four-year cycle which would mean swapping the Champions Trophy for a World T20.”
He added: “The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for the television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give more opportunities to more teams.
“A 16-team World T20 — even a 20-team World T20 — down the line is something that we would like to look at.
“With a 10-team World Cup we’re hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole.
“It might not be necessary to continue with two 50-over tournaments going forward,” said Richardson.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com