ICC planning to hold ‘T20 Champions Cup’ in 2023-2031 cycle
In good news to cricket fans across the globe, T20 ‘Champions Cup’ is going to be a part of the ICC events for 2023-2031 calendar. The global cricket body is also planning the same to organise a T20 Champions Cup in the aforementioned cycle and the tourney would have as many as top ten cricket teams across the world. These ten teams would battle it out among themselves in 48 matches.
In fact, this is the same number of fixtures which was scheduled during last year’s 50-over World Cup as reported by ESPN Cricinfo. According to the ICC’s proposal, there would be a T20 Champions Cup in the year 2024 and 2028 and an ODI Champions Cup in the year 2025 and 2029, alongside the T20 World Cups in 2026 and 2030 and the ODI World Cups in 2027 and 2031 respectively.
It should be noted that the 50-over Champions Cup tournament can be obviously considered the same as that of the Champions Trophy tournament. In the same way, T20 Champions Cup can be considered as World Cup. So far, the planning has been good and it would be quite interesting to see the next move which ICC takes in the near future. ICC’s full-member nations have been given time until March 15 to submit expressions of interest in order to bid for global events in the 2023-2031 cycle.
However, it has been seen that this proposal may not go down well with India’s cricket body, BCCI, Cricket Australia and ECB as these three boards had earlier expressed interest for having wider windows for bilateral cricket series.
If these major events are held as proposed by the International Cricket Council, then the window for holding bilateral series would significantly come down and may lead to severe losses for the respective boards.