The International Cricket Council (ICC) will reportedly move its World Twenty20 from its mooted 2018 slot to 2020.
According to the Times of India, the proposed calendar change has arisen because of an increasingly overcrowded international cricket schedule in 2018, with leading teams South Africa, India, Australia and England all involved in various bilateral series, which provide the countries’ governing bodies with lucrative broadcast deals.
The scheduling of matches will be discussed at the ICC Annual Conference, which will be held in London from 19th June. The tournament was expected to move from a biennial to a quadrennial cycle after the sixth edition in India in 2016, but that decision had been set to be reversed. The host nation of the seventh edition of the World T20 is yet to be confirmed but many people have speculated that it will be played in Australia, initially slated as the host of the 2020 competition, or South Africa.
The report quotes a 'highly placed ICC source', who confirmed that "we are skipping the World T20 edition in 2018”.
"Yes, the tournament will return in 2020,” continued the ICC member. “The other reason apart from the bilateral series was that with too many ICC events on the anvil, the member nations were also of the view that it needed to be spaced out."
Meanwhile, it is understood that that the ICC Champions Trophy, which was supposed to have been scrapped after the 2013 edition in favour of a World Test Championship for the five-day game, will continue as scheduled in India in 2021. The Times of India reports that following the recent success of the one-day international (ODI) tournament, which brings together the world’s leading eight teams in a compact two-week format, cricket’s global governing body is keen to keep the once unfashionable tournament on the international calendar.
The final of the 2017 Champions Trophy - which was hosted by England and Wales - saw an unfancied Pakistan team beat fierce rivals India by a margin of 180 runs at the Oval in London.