Champions Trophy back, more teams to contest ODI, T20 World Cups

Dubai: The love-hate relationship between the Champions Trophy and the International Cricket Council (ICC) continues. The tournament was back after being discontinued in 2017, even as the ICC included several teams to the men’s 50-over and T20 World Cups.

While announcing the tournaments in the 2024-2031 cycle, the ICC said that eight World Cups and Champions Trophy competitions will be staged in this period, besides four World Test Championship (WTC) finals, in 2025, 2027, 2029, and 2031.

The 50-over World Cups will be expanded to 14 teams, with 54 matches in one tournament, from 2027 and the T20 World Cup to 20 teams and 55 matches from 2024.

In the previous 50-over World Cup, held in 2019, 10 teams had competed in England. And in the previous T20 World Cup, held in 2016 in India, 16 teams had competed.

The ICC, following a meeting of its Board, said that the hosts for the men’s events for the next cycle would be decided in September while the process for women’s and under-19 events would commence in November.

The ICC said that the 14-team 50-over World Cup would be played in 2027 and 2031 while the T20 World Cups will be held in 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030.

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