ICC grants T20 international status to all nations

In a board meeting in Kolkata, it was decided that all the 104 nations — of which 18 already enjoy the status (12 full members and six associates) — will be allowed to play the shortest format of the game at the international level.

ICC CEO Dave Richardson also confirmed that in ‘all likelihood’ the Champions Trophy in 2021 will be a World T20.   -  THE HINDU PHOTO ARCHIVES

 

In a significant development, the International Cricket Council has decided to grant T20 international status to all the 104 member nations.

In the board meeting in Kolkata, it was decided that all the 104 nations — of which 18 already enjoy the status (12 full members and six associates) — will be allowed to play the shortest format of the game at the international level. This was confirmed by ICC CEO, Dave Richardson, after the five-day meeting concluded on Thursday.

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At the moment, 12 full-members, along with Scotland, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, UAE, Oman and Nepal, enjoy the T20 status.

The decision will be applicable in both the men’s and women’s categories. “All member women’s teams will be awarded T20I status on July 1, 2018, whilst all member men’s teams will be awarded T20I status on January 1, 2019 following the cut-off point for qualification to the ICC World T20 2020. Rankings for women and men will be introduced in October 2018 and May 2019 respectively,” the ICC stated.

The CEO also confirmed that in ‘all likelihood’ the Champions Trophy in 2021 will be a World T20, and also stressed on the fact that all the fixtures making up the league for the ICC World Test championship has been finalised. “It will be announced soon,” Richardson said.

It was also revealed that the global body is considering stricter and heavier transactions for ball tampering and using abusive language — sledging and dissent. “We want penalties in place. Fines are not proving to be the answer. The cricket committee will come back with the plans,” Richardson said.

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The ICC also deliberated on the T20 leagues and their impacts on the international calendars. There were reports that there won’t be any international cricket during the IPL from 2019, making way for a separate window for the league.

“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,” Richardson explained.

The board agreed on the ‘process by which the ICC Chairman will be elected for the next two years; from June, once the current chairman Shashank Manohar’s first two-year term expires.

It also received an update on the current situation in Nepal and the ongoing suspension of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN). “A recent Extraordinary General Meeting of CAN adopted a revised constitution that had been developed by an Advisory Group comprising stakeholders in cricket in Nepal. The next step towards reinstatement is for CAN to hold elections under the new constitution,” the ICC stated.