The buzz surrounding the ICC World T20 seems to be sky high as the administrators of the game find all possible means to squeeze in an edition. After the rousing success of the World T20 in 2016, the ICC is upbeat about hosting an event in 2018, before the scheduled edition of 2020 in Australia takes place.
In recent developments, it has now emerged that a final decision surrounding the event will be taken only in October this year. For the proposed 2018 edition, South Africa had emerged as the front-runners to host the event, after hosting the maiden edition way back in 2007. ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson in his interaction with the press stated that the ICC was indeed eager to host the event.
The topic was also raised in the ICC’s annual meeting held recently. “It came up for discussion. In principle, the board supported the possibility of at least holding an additional World T20 in 2018,” Richardson said. “There is a gap in the Future Tours Programme calendar for it to take place. But again it depends whether it is worth it or not – we have got a broadcast agreement in place with Star. They need to be consulted. Their views need to be sought.”
While Richardson stated the cricket body’s eagerness to host the event, the fate of the 2018 edition lies in the balance owing to the decision of the broadcasters. Star Network, which holds the broadcasting rights for ICC events, will only reveal its decision in October. Thus, a firm decision surrounding the event can only be taken then.
“We need to negotiate a value for that tournament. We would have loved to have made a decision this time, but we are not ready yet. We need to work through the details with Star and then make a decision in October,” said Richardson.
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