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ICC Plans To Increase Participating Teams For T20 World Cup 2024

ICC is planning to increase the number of teams at the T20 World Cup 2024, with an eye to expand the game to a global level, a report in ESPN Cricinfo states.

ICC understands that for Cricket to go global, they need to take it to more countries which means they need to allow more teams in the future ICC events.

T20 World Cup trophy
T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

ICC Has Plans To Increase Number Of Teams In T20 Formats

The world body also understands that T20 will be the best format in such a scenario as it is easy to adapt for the new countries and the competition between the sides will a lot less one-sided. Women’s T20 World Cup has been seeing participation from teams like Uganda. But this is a marked change in their attitude as recently ICC had curtailed the number of teams in the 50 over World Cup.

“The ICC has long seen the T20 format as a vehicle for the game’s expansion and there has been previous talk of such an expansion. The ICC have already confirmed their plans to increase the number of teams in their women’s competitions.”

Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council
Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive), and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council

“It is, perhaps, the move to increasing the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup which provides the most revealing insight into the changing mood of the ICC. In recent years, the ICC cut the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup (from 16 in 2007, to 14 in 2011 and 2015 and 10 in 2019) arguing that broadcasters preferred the streamlined format with the probability of fewer one-sided games,” according to the report.

However, the fate of the T20I World Cup tournament in 2021 is under dark clouds, with the third wave of the COVID-19 virus expected to hit India later this year. In that case, the competition is likely to be shifted abroad. While the future of this year’s competition is in jeopardy, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is looking at an even bigger picture.

The apex cricket body reportedly plans to add more teams in future ICC events to develop cricket globally. As many as 20 teams can participate in the T20 World Cup 2024. A total of 16 teams are slated to participate in the T20 World Cup 2021, and ICC would want associate nations like Namibia, Scotland, and Ireland to do well.

BCCI Desires Cricket’s Inclusion At Olympics But Won’t Tolerate Interference From Indian Olympic Association

Meanwhile, the report also states that BCCI has seconded ECB in pushing the game into the Olympics but they are in no mood to crossroads with Indian Olympic Association. Unlike IOC which is run by the government, BCCI is a private organization and has no stake-holding from the government whatsoever.

“It is understood that the subject of the Olympics was raised at a recent CEC meeting by the ECB’s Tom Harrison. The BCCI has also recently signaled their desire for involvement, albeit with the caveat that they will not tolerate interference from the Indian Olympic Association,” the report maintains further.

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ICC, Olympics

The only time cricket has been played was at the 1900 Summer Olympics with only a men’s contest when Great Britain won the gold medal, but the possibility of it being contested at the Olympics again has recently resurfaced.

In 2020, the BCCI in its Annual General Meeting decided to back the ICC’s bid for the inclusion of cricket, in the T20 format, in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics after getting some clarifications from the International Olympic Committee.  In May 2020, Eoin Morgan, the captain of the England cricket team, supported the idea of using the T10 cricket format at the Olympics.

If everything goes to plan, the Indian cricket teams will play at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics in a T20 event. The ICC had formed a committee in December to suggest ways for cricket’s inclusion at Los Angeles 2028. The panel told the Apex Council that cricket is played in 75 countries and argued that it’s the right time for India to expand its presence on the world map

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Poonam Yadav. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Poonam Yadav Reveals Her Feelings On The Defeat In ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final

India women’s superstar Poonam Yadav was the match-winner for the team during the recently concluded ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. But she could not give her best in the grand final against Australia which India went on to lose. The leg-spinner has now opened up on her feelings after the defeat.

Earlier this month, in the finals, Australia’s strong team dominated the field and created the pressure on the Indian bowlers. The experienced Poonam managed to pick up one wicket, but she was not economical in the final. Thus, India, who played their maiden final in the T20 WC history, lost the game by 85 runs.

Indian players are strong mentally: Poonam Yadav

Poonam Yadav, ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Poonam Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

Defeat in final is always depressing and somewhere it also affects the environment of the dressing room. However, Poonam believes that the team is strong mentally and will surely move on from the loss.

“I wouldn’t say, we fell short. We played good cricket throughout the tournament. We didn’t play well in just one match. The team that played better that day won. In T20, one over or one batter can change a game,” Poonam said.

“Indian players are strong mentally. Unlike them, We handle and survive difficult situations in our everyday lives. That day all of us should have taken the responsibility (of winning the game) but we couldn’t.”

Poonam Yadav, ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Poonam Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

 

Poonam had recovered from the injury before playing in the mega event. Her non-bowling hand had a plate inserted. In that tournament, her best figures were during the opening match against Australia. She picked four wickets in that game while giving just 19 runs in her four-over quota.

However, the Agra born cricketer could not repeat the same stunt in the marquee clash, but she has been praised for her efforts. Although the tournament ultimately didn’t go in India’s favour, the team had many positives to drive out. The youngster Shafali Verma was the finding of the tournament. She was the highest scorer for the team during the tournament.

Currently, the women’s team is not scheduled with any matches.

Harmanpreet Kaur, ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
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No Fan to Cheer Indian Women’s Team At Mumbai Airport Amid Covid-19 Threat

India women’s cricket team had to return home with disappointment after they lose the finals against Australia in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. Well, Team Indi entered the finals for the first time but had to face defeat at the hands of hosts, who won the title for the fifth time. Following this, on Tuesday, Harmanpreet Kaur and Co. landed in Mumbai but astonishingly there was no fan to welcome them.

India had an off day in the finals as they lost the game by 85 runs while they became the first Asian country to enter the grand final of the mega event. Although they could not lift the title, but there were many positives to drive out from the tournament.

India women’s team wore displeasing look:

No Fan to Cheer Indian Women's Team At Mumbai Airport Amid Covid-19 Threat 1

The Women in Blue won all the league matches, also, defeating Australia in the league match. The team also got Shafali Verma who had given the best in every match except the finals when she lost her wicket easily.

So, It can not be said Team India had returned with an empty hand. This team is a strong contender and will surely fight back. But did they deserve so dull welcome?.

No fan was present to welcome the team at Mumbai, which is a hub of cricket fans. The photos of Veda Krishnamurthy and the captain Harmanpreet Kaur surfaced on social media where they can be seen disappointed.

However, it becomes pertinent that government has taken precautionary measures amid coronavirus outbreak which has already claimed more than 4,000 lives across the globe.

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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Final – Australia Women Win Fifth Title After Thrashing India Women

On Sunday (8th March), the defending champions Australia Women won their fifth trophy in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup history after beating India Women by 85 runs in the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. Australia Women became the second team, after the inaugural edition winners England Women (2009), to win the WT20 WC as the hosts.

After winning the toss at MCG (Melbourne), Australia Women’s captain Meg Lanning decided to bat first. While her team scored 184/4 (20 overs), India Women were bundled out for just 99 runs (19.1 overs).

India Women: Only Deepti Sharma managed to score 20+ runs

Indian batters were struggling from the beginning of the second innings as there was no strong fight. While Shafali Verma (2) was dismissed on the third ball of that innings, wicketkeeper-batter Taniya Bhatia (2) was retired hurt in six balls later after getting hit on the helmet. Later, in 12th over when Veda Krishnamurthy (19) was dismissed, Richa Ghosh replaced Bhatia as the concussion substitute.

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Harmanpreet Kaur (Image Credit: Twitter)

Among the first five batters in the India Women squad, only the opener Smriti Mandhana (11) managed to reach the double-digit scores.

While Deepti Sharma scored the highest runs for India Women which was 33 runs, Richa Ghosh was dismissed after scoring 18 runs.

Among the Australia Women bowlers, Megan Schutt (4/18) took four wickets, and Jess Jonassen (3/20) got three wickets.

Australia Women, India Women, final, Women's T20 World Cup
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Australia Women: Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney properly utilised their opportunities

Both the Australia Women openers wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney provided a solid start after the Indians dropped two early chances. While both the openers got one life each at the beginning of the innings, they utilised those opportunities properly and punished the India Women bowlers.

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Allysa Healy and Beth Mooney (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Aussie openers built up the century partnership (115 runs) and set the perfect condition for the big first innings total. Both the openers not only scored half-centuries, but they also stretched their innings to 70s. While Healy scored 75 runs off just 39 balls (7 fours and 5 sixes), Mooney remained not out of 78 runs off 54 balls (10 fours). While captain Meg Lanning scored 16 runs (15 balls), the other batters didn’t get enough chances.

Among the India Women bowlers, while Deepti Sharma (2/38) took two wickets, Poonam Yadav (1/30) and Radha Yadav (1/34) got one wicket each.

While Alyssa Healy won the Player of the Match award in this final game, Beth Mooney has been awarded the Player of the Tournament for finishing as the leading run-scorer (259 runs in six innings).

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Mitchell Star with his wife Alyssa Healy. Photo Credit: BBL/IPL.
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Ravichandran Ashwin Hails Australia’s Decision For Allowing Mitchell Starc to Watch Alyssa Healy at ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

Women’s cricket is not popular among fans but is it has gradually become successful in gaining attention far and wide. Meanwhile, the recent gesture from the Australian men’s cricketer Mitchell Starc is winning the hearts of fans. The pacer’s wife Alyssa Healy is also representing the Australian women’s team. Her team will be competing against India’s women cricket team in the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on 8th March.

To through support behind his wife, Starc sought leave from the ongoing ODI series between Australia and South Africa. Thus, it saw India premium off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin giving thumbs up to Starc’s heartwarming gesture.

Healy is the opener and the wicketkeeper for Australia’s women cricket team. So far, her best performances came against India and Bangladesh’s team, scoring 51 and 83 respectively.

Recently, Starc wanted to support his wife so he took the leave from the national duty. His move will surely create an impact worldwide and will surely encourage the fans to watch the title decider match.

Ashwin, who remains quite active on social media, took Twitter as he came to know of the news. “So refreshing to see this!! Well done,” he tweeted on Saturday.

Ravichandran Ashwin happy for Mitchell Starc, who returns Australia to support Alyssa Healy:

Australian head coach Justin Langer also gave the reason behind releasing Starc from the squad

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Mitch to watch Alyssa in a home World Cup final and so we were happy to allow him to return home to support n hais wife and be part of a fantastic occasion,” Langer had said on Friday.

Meanwhile, the result of the three-match ODI series between Australia and South Africa is already decided as the Proteas are leading with an unassailable lead of 2-0.

Brett Lee, India tour of Australia
Brett Lee. Photo Credit: Twitter.
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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Brett Lee Identifies Match-Winners in Indian Women’s Cricket Team

The teenage sensation, Shafali Verma, who is the highest scorer for India’s women cricket team in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, has got the praise from none other than speedster Brett Lee. Former Australian cricketer tagged her as the fearless cricketer and believes that she has the power to change the game for India.

Shafali has given a compelling start to the team in every group stage match. She has scored 161 runs at a staggering strike rate of 161.00. As of now, she is the third-highest scorer in the ongoing tournament, with her highest score being 47 against Sri Lanka.

ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur
Shafali Verma. Image Credit: T20 World Cup

Although she hasn’t reached 50 yet, Lee believes she can be a worrying factor for the opposition in the mega event.

“Shafali Verma has been excellent at the top of the order, she’s brought fearless energy to India’s batting and been brilliant to watch. You feel she can go even bigger as well – she hasn’t reached 50 yet, which is both exciting for those watching and worrying for the bowlers,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Lee as saying.

As the team has entered the semi-finals, the side will be trying to make their first finals. But the concerning factor for India is that their captain Harmanpreet Kaur is out of form.

Shafali is the only one who has been constantly scoring runs for India.

Shafali Verma can be the match-winner:

Shafali verma, India vs Australia, ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Image Credit: Twitter.

Former Australian pacer said the 16-year-old is the match-winner for India. She very well knows how to take off the pressure from the team and score runs when other batters are having a bad day.

Besides, Lee also labels Poonam Yadav as the match-winner.

“They’ve combined match-winners in Shafali Verma and Poonam Yadav with consistent players with both bat and ball. We have always known they have some of the best players in the world but now Harmanpreet Kaur has a team around her that can support the big players, and fill in the gaps when they have an off day,” he added.

Meanwhile, India for the second consecutive time entered in the semi-finals of the mega event. Seeing their performance so far in the tournament, they will be positive to lift their maiden title.

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Pakistan women's cricket team. Photo Credits: Twitter
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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Bismah Maroof Ruled Out Due to Thumb Injury

Pakistan women’s cricket team have been dealt a big blow to title hopes as their captain Bismah Maroof will no longer be a part of the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 tournament after sustaining the injury during her team’s defeat at the hands of England.

Bismah Maroof fractured her thumb while playing a scoop shot off Katherine Brunt’s bowling only to be caught behind after having the delivery hit her hand at before writhing in pain.

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Bismah Maroodf. Credits: Twitter

Maroof played an important role in team’s eight-wicket win over the West Indies in their first game of the tournament as she was the pick of the batsmen with an unbeaten 38.

Nahida Khan replaces Bismah Maroof in the 15-player squad:

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Nahida Khan. Credits: Getty Images

Pakistan named Nahida Khan as the replacement of Maroof in the 15-player squad. It should be noted that Nahida had last played a T20I match in December 2019, when Pakistan locked horns with England in the three-match series in Malaysia.

The right-handed opening batswoman was able to score only 15 runs from three innings. She will be looking to improve her batting if she gets a chance to play in Australia.

The 33-year-old Nahida has however made a good impact in ODIs recently, having scored 230 runs in her last five games, including a fifty against England.

Pakistan are placed fourth in the Group B points table with one win and one defeat in two games, securing two points. They take on South Africa in the next match which will be played on March 1, Sunday in Sydney before playing Thailand in their final group fixture two days later.

Anyway, should they win both matches, the net run rate will likely decide who makes it to the semi-final of the ongoing T20 World Cup.

Radha Yadav
Radha Yadav took her career best figures. Credits: ICC Twitter
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ICC T20 World Cup 2020: India Steamroll Sri Lanka To Continue Domination

India continued their domination going in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2020 as they defeated Sri Lanka in their fourth group match by seven wickets. Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu won the toss and decided to bat first. The Island nation posted 113-9 in their allotted 20 overs with their skipper Chamari Athapaththu top-scoring with 33 runs.

However, the total was not enough as the Indian team chased it down with ease. Shafali Verma, the 16-year old prodigy batswoman continued his sublime form going as she scored a blistering knock of 47 runs off just 34 balls. The right-hander’s knock was laced with seven fours and one six as she continued her clean-striking.

Shafali Verma, Megan Schuttm India vs Australia, ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Shafali Verma. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

India continue their domination

But Shafali once again failed to cross the fifty run-mark as she was run-out after a miscommunication with Jemimah Rodrigues. Smriti Mandhana scored 17 runs and added 34 runs with her opening partner.

Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur continued her dismal form as she was dismissed after scoring 15 runs. But Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma made sure India didn’t suffer any more damage in the wickets column as both of them scored 15 runs each. However, Sri Lanka was sloppy in the field as they bungled as many as seven catches.

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On the other hand, Sri Lanka was not able to put up a valiant effort with the bat. The island nation could not get off to a good start as they lost the wicket of their opener Umesha Thimashini for only two runs. Subsequently, Harshita Madavi was dismissed for 12 runs by Rajeshwari Gayakwad.

India’s left-arm spinner Radha Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers as she scalped four wickets. Yadav breathed down the wicket of the Sri Lankan batters and bowled accurately throughout the innings and was awarded the Player of the match. Rajeshwari Gayakwad scalped two wickets whereas Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, and Poonam Yadav took one wicket each.

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India’s scorecard.
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Sri Lanka scorecard.

 

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Poonam Yadav. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: In Sydney, Poonam Yadav Played With Plate in Her Finger

India’s women cricket team has started the journey of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 on a winning note. On 21st February, the Women in Blue defeated the defending champions Australia in a thriller of a match by 17 runs. India’s win should be wholely credited to the spinner Poonam Yadav who picked four-wickets in Sydney.

When other Indian bowlers were leaking runs, Poonam came as a saviour for the team. She picked the wicket of Alyssa Healy, who scored a half-century. She ran through Australia’s middle order while picking two consecutive wickets of Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry.

Disappointingly, she could not pick a hat trick as the wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia missed the catch of Jess Jonassen.

However, in the end, Poonam sent her back too.

Poonam Yadav
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Post the game, Poonam mentioned that this was her third hat-trick opportunity which she missed. Though she was the star performer for Team India.

Seeing his bowling attack in Sydney, nobody would believe that she has just recovered from the injury. While a source in the known development said Yadav had to get a plate inserted in her non-bowling hand ahead of the World Cup.

Furthermore, the source also informed that Poonam has still a plate inserted in the index finger.

“Considering the state she was in, there was no chance that she was going to be fit for the tri-series,” a source close to the Indian team told PTI.

Poonam Yadav
Photo Credit: Fox Sports.

“But still a decision was made that she travels to Australia as being away from the team at such a crucial time would have had a negative impact on her mindset. It would have also impacted her recovery,” the source continued.

The source further added, “A lot of credit must go to team physio Tracy Fernandes who worked tirelessly to ensure Poonam recovered. It was a very serious injury as the left index finger was literally crushed with the impact. Thank god it was not her bowling hand. A plate was inserted into her finger and it is still there.”

The 28-year-old bowler from Agra had damaged her finger during a training session on December 26. After the match against Australia, she showed gratitude to teammates and physio helping her to recover on time, to partake in the coveted ICC event.

Bruised India look to bounce back in second T20I
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ICC T20I Men’s Rankings: India Drops Down to Fifth Position

According to the latest list issued by ICC, India has dropped three places down to the fifth spot in the expanded T20I men’s ranking. On the other hand, Pakistan has cemented its top position in the list issued.

The International Cricket Council unveiled the list of expanded T20I team rankings table with 80 teams. These teams will now be able to gauge their progress in a format recognised by the world body. The ICC acknowledges this format as the vehicle for the growth of the game.

India slips down to the fifth position while Pakistan strengthens their pole position

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Pakistan, ICC T20 World Cup Champions in 2009, has a wider spread of 286 points to accommodate the additional teams. Whereas the next four teams are within two points of each other – South Africa (262), England (261), Australia (261) and India (260).

South Africa and India have swapped their positions in the expanded table. The launch coincided with the annual rankings update from where the series result of 2015-16 is removed. Meanwhile, the outcomes from the series of 2016-17 and 2017-18 are weighted at 50 per cent.

In the other significant changes, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka moved one spot up to the seventh and eighth position, while West Indies went down to ninth. Nepal, much to their fans’ expectations, has moved from 14th position to 11th and Namibia grabbed the 20th position.

Teams like Austria, Botswana, Luxembourg and Mozambique are among the sides figuring in the first men’s T20I ranking table that features all Members meeting the criteria of having played six matches against other ICC members since May 2016.

The move to expand the table follows the ICC’s decision last year

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Last year ICC came to a decision that all men’s T20 matches between Members from 1 January 2019 will be classified as internationals. Following this decision, they moved to expand the table of ICC T20I men’s ranking.

For the ICC Women’s T20 team rankings, which were launched in October 2018, the teams will need to have played six matches against other teams in the previous three to four years to remain in the rankings table.

The qualification process for the ICC men’s T20 World Cup is still underway. It will include 58 T20I matches across five regional finals and it is likely to mean significant movements on the rankings over the coming months.

The first final was held in Papua New Guinea last month whilst the Africa final in Uganda (19-24 May). The Europe final was held in Guernsey (15-19 June). Whereas the Asia final took place in Singapore (22-28 July) and the Americas final in the USA (19-25 August) is still to come.

Six of these teams will join hosts- UAE, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Zimbabwe in the global qualifier. This will be another chance to improve their standings on the table as they try to qualify for the ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.

Here is the rankings table:

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ICC Team rankings. Credits: ICC
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