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ICC to grant T20I status to all men and women teams

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SportsCafe Desk

04/26/2018

David Richardson, CEO of the ICC, has revealed that cricket's governing body will grant T20I status to all its 104 member nations and a global ranking system will also be launched for the format. He also stated that ICC Champions Trophy could altogether change into a World T20 in the near future.

There are 18 members with the T20I status at the moment with 12 of them enjoying full membership. The other six member nations are Scotland, Netherlands, Hong Kong, UAE, Oman and Nepal. And ICC has decided to grant an international status to all the men and women teams from next year.

"All Women's team matches will be awarded T20 International status on July 1st 2018. All the men's team matches will be given T20 International status on January 1st 2019," said Richardson in a press conference in Kolkata, reports Cricbuzz.

The shortest format has begun to gain more and more prominence since the first World Cup held 11 years back with its popularity every year. And the ICC has taken a special liking towards the T20 leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League and more, which has been a hotbed for talents over the last decade. 

Richardson also delved deeper into ICC’s take on them after reports had emerged that from 2020 there won’t be international cricket during the two-month long IPL. A lot of progress has been seen this season on that front with England sending more players and keeping their international calendar free, and the CEO revealed that ICC is looking to give the domestic leagues a separate calendar.

"There are occasions where they [T20 leagues] are competing with international bilateral series. We need to look at our regulations to see how we can allow that to happen," he added.

However, the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, with India neither hosting them nor visiting Pakistan to play a bilateral series, still remained unresolved. And Richardson admitted that it would need much more than just two cricket boards agreeing to change their stances.

“There is a common desire that it will be great if India and Pakistan can play each other, specifically in bilateral series. The issue is quite complicated I am afraid, it is going to take a lot more than just two boards agreeing," Richardson said.

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