It does seem that the success generated by the recent ICC World T20 2016 in India has changed the ICC’s way of perceiving the game! In a rather proactive move by cricket’s highest governing body, the ICC World T20 could be held within every 2 years, as opposed to 4 years. Post the 2016 World T20, it was decided by the ICC that the World T20 would be held in a gap of 4 years, in order to maintain equality within formats.
However, the response to the latest edition of the World T20 was simply fascinating as packed stadiums were witnessed in India. To add the icing on the cake, the television ratings generated during the tournament were sky high indeed. Seeing these as vibrant factors, the ICC is likely to come up with the move of hosting the World T20 every alternate year.
This means that the next edition could be held in 2018, while another one is scheduled for 2020. If things run well, another edition is scheduled for 2022. As of now, the ICC calendar has no event lined up for 2018, thus having the event in 2018 would be optimal.
In ICC’s recent meeting in Dubai, discussions yielded fruitful results regarding the fate of the tournament. The 2018 edition could be hosted in the Caribbean, with defending champions West Indies getting to host the event. The 2020 edition is already set to be held in Australia. Regarding the 2022 edition, UAE would most likely be the host for the mega event.
If things pan out this way, then New Zealand would be the only test playing nation to not host a World T20. ICC chief executive Dave Richardson admitted that New Zealand’s time zone made it difficult to accommodate the tournament. “The fact is that the time zone for this part of the world relative to the rest of the cricket-playing world is not ideal,” Richardson said.
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