ICC plans to introduce T20 Champions Cup and an ODI Champions Cup for 2023-2031

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ICC plans to introduce T20 Champions Cup and an ODI Champions Cup for 2023-2031

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is excogitating a T20 Champions Cup and a One-Day International (ODI) Cup during the 2023-2031 cycle. As per ESPNcricinfo, the T20 Champions Cup will feature the top 10 nations with 48 games to be played amongst them. It will be similar to last year’s World Cup.

As per the ICC’s suggestion, there would be a T20 Champions Cup in 2024 and 2028. Similarly, there would also be an ODI Champions Cup in 2025 and 2029, alongside the T20 World Cups in 2026 and 2030, followed by the ODI World Cups in 2027 and 2031.

The 50-over Champions Cup can be considered similar to the Champions Trophy as it will feature just six teams and 16 games will take place. On the other hand, the T20 Champions Cup is just like another World Cup, as it will have 48 matches.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC), Cricket Australia (CA), and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have opposed the proposal expressing interest for having broad windows for bilateral cricket.

If the concerned proposal takes place, then the quantity of bilateral series would come down, which may result in losses for the respective boards.

The apex cricketing body is also planning to hold a Champions Cup for both T20 and 50-over matches for the women’s game. Both events will feature six teams with a total of 16 matches.

As per ICC’s terms, the host nation for each event would retain ticketing, hospitality, and catering revenues, whereas the apex council would retain all other commercial and broadcast rights to each event.

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