ICC Hopes Cricket To Be Part Of 2028 Olympics

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New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) wants T20 cricket to grow and the game, hopefully, be part of the 2028 Olympics. In the process, it buried the 50-over Champions Trophy, the next edition of which was scheduled to be hosted by India in 2021. That will now be a T20 World Cup.
This announcement came from ICC CEO David Richardson on Thursday in the city where JagmohanDalmiya lived. It was during Dalmiya’s stint as ICC president that the Champions Trophy was birthed. Speaking to the media here on Thursday, Richardson said all T20 matches between two countries would be accorded international status and a ranking system introduced for teams from 1 to 104.

For women, all T20 between countries would be internationals from July 1, 2018. For men it would start from January 1, 2019 after the qualifying cycle for 2020 World T20 in Australia. The rankings for women will start from October 2018 and those for men from May 2019.

“The T20 format, we always knew, was a vehicle for growing our game, transforming it into a truly global sport instead of one being played by a few,” said Richardson.

A T20 match between, say Fiji and Republic of Vanuatu, would now also be an international, he said. Internationals being played by more countries could also help the ICC seek acceptance by the International Olympic Committee for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles, he said.

The World T20 thus would now be held in successive years, 2020 and 2021 after a 50-over World Cup in 2019. Richardson said the decision to convert the Champions Trophy to a T20 World Cup was unanimous, adding that the representative from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) too was present at that meeting.

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