Kolkata: The ICC decided to convert the 2021 Champions Trophy scheduled in India into a World T20 event, finally scrapping the eight-team ODI tournament, the context and relevance of which has been questioned repeatedly.
At the end of its five-day board meeting, ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson said the global body has “unanimously agreed” that the 2021 meet in India would now be a 16-team event in the shortest format.
Richardson’s announcement meant that BCCI representative Amitabh Chaudhary also voted in favour of the change after the initial opposition to the move. This means that only for the second time ever, two ICC World T20 events will take place in two years – the 2020 edition in Australia and the 2021 edition in India. The first time it happened was 2009 (England) and 2010 (West Indies).
“The 2021 Champions Trophy in India will now change to World T20. It fits into our strategy of growing the game,” Richardson said at a media conference at the end of the meeting. There will be a 2019 and 2023 ODI World Cup, effectively scrapping the very concept of Champions Trophy, a tournament which was described as irrelevant by several critics given the presence of a full-fledged quadrennial World Cup.