The International Cricket Council has taken a very big decision regarding the Men’s World Cup. A consensus was reached on the number of teams participating in the tournament at the ICC board meeting held in Dubai on Tuesday, June 1. It was decided to increase the number of 10 teams playing in the World Cup to 14. At the same time, it was decided to reduce the total number of teams participating in the T20 World Cup to 20.
Everyone was waiting for this ICC meeting to be held on Tuesday as some important decisions were to be taken regarding the T20 and ODI World Cup. In this meeting, it was agreed to make changes in the current ODI Men’s World Cup. The number of teams in ODIs has been increased from 10 to 14, while it was agreed to increase the number of teams participating in the T20 World Cup from 16 to 20.
The ICC has ensured that the ODI World Cup to be played in 2027 and 2031 will be in the same format played in 2003. In this, 7-7 teams will be kept in two different groups. The first three placed teams in both the groups will get a chance to advance to the Super Sixes. From here again the names of the teams reaching the semi-finals and final matches will be decided.
Apart from this, the T20 World Cup to be played in India this year was also discussed. Due to the second wave of Corona, there is doubt about its event in India. At present, the ICC has given BCCI time till the last week of next month i.e. June 28 in this matter. The board will have to give the final decision on organizing the tournament to the ICC by these dates.