ICC Converts Champions Trophy To World T20

| April 26 , 2018 , 19:29 IST

World cricketing body, ICC, has converted the Champions Trophy to World T20 on Thursday.

ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson said the next edition of the tournament, in 2021, and said the reason for the change was that the original event was too similar to the ODI World Cup.

"The Champions Trophy, in a way, was too similar to the World Cup. It was difficult to differentiate," Richardson told reporters at a press briefing held at the end of a five-day ICC quarterly meet in Kolkata.

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"The new FTP (Future Tours Programme 2019-2023) not only includes the fixtures in the league but it would also comprise of the two World Cups — the 50 over World Cup in 2019 and 2023.

"It will include the World T20 in Australia, both men's and women's. It will also include at this stage the Champions Trophy in 2021 but in all likelihood we have decided that we would change it to World T20 and that fits in with our strategy now to use the T20 cricket as the way of growing the game by virtue of having it twice in every four years instead of once."

"The World T20 will give more teams the chance to play in global events," Richardson added.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was against the proposed idea of the Champions Trophy being converted into World T20, but Richardson said the Indian board's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhury had voted in favour of the move.

ICC also mentioned that they will be giving T20 playing status to 102 members.