The International Cricket Council, on Tuesday, June 1, announced that it has confirmed the schedule for the ICC events from 2024-2031. Men's World Cups in both formats will be expanded and the Men's Champions Trophy will be re-introduced.
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will become a 14 team, 54 match event in 2027 and 2031. The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup format will have two groups of seven, with the top three in each group progressing to a Super Six stage, followed by semi-finals and final. This is the same format that was used in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2003.
The current format of the ODI World Cup, is a 10-team event, and was heavily criticized for limiting opportunities for developing nations.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be expanded to a 20 team, 55 match event in 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030. The format of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will consist of four groups of five, with the top two from each group going through to a Super Eights stage, followed by the knockout stages of semi-finals and a final.
As of this year, the T20 World Cup will be played with 16 teams.
An eight team Champions Trophy has been revived and shall be hosted in 2025 and 2029. The Champions Trophy will follow previous editions' formats with two groups of four, semi-finals and final. The event was last played in the year 2017, won by Pakistan beating India in the finals.
World Test Championship Finals
ICC World Test Championship Finals will be hosted in 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031. It must be mentioned that the first edition of World Test Championship Final starts June 18 at Rose Bowl, Southampton between the top two test sides, India and New Zealand.
The ICC Women’s event schedule has already been confirmed with the expansion of both the Cricket World Cup and T20 World Cup forming part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to growing the women’s game.
ICC U19 Events
The ICC Board also approved the process for determining the hosts for all Men’s, Women’s and U19 events in the next cycle. The hosts for the Men’s events will be decided in September following a selection process that will get underway this month.
The hosting process for Women’s and U19 events will commence in November and will be an opportunity to engage with a wider range of Members including first-time hosts.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
The ICC Board has requested management focus its planning efforts for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on the event being staged in the UAE with the possibility of including another venue in the Middle East.
A final decision on the host country will be taken later this month. The Board also confirmed that the BCCI will remain the hosts of the event regardless of where the event is played.
ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said: “Having the ICC event schedule confirmed through to 2031 is a significant step forward for cricket and will form the basis of our growth strategy for the next decade."
“The revised approach to selecting hosts for our events will give us much more flexibility to grow the game and engage new fans. There is a smaller pool of countries with the infrastructure needed to host our senior Men’s events which narrows the selection process. Additionally, many of our Members expressed interest in hosting Women’s and U19 events which gives us a great opportunity to stage events in established and emerging cricket nations.”
ICC major events: 2024-2031
2024: Men's T20 World Cup, Women's T20 World Cup, Men's Under-19 World Cup
2025: World Test Championship Final, Men's Champions Trophy, Women's ODI World Cup, Women's Under-19 T20 World Cup
2026: Men’s T20 World Cup, Women's T20 World Cup, Men's Under-19 World Cup
2027: World Test Championship Final, Men's ODI World Cup, Women's T20 Champions Trophy, Women's Under-19 T20 World Cup
2028: Men's T20 World Cup, Women's T20 World Cup, Men's Under-19 World Cup
2029: World Test Championship Final, Men's Champions Trophy, Women's ODI World Cup, Women's Under-19 T20 World Cup
2030: Men's T20 World Cup, Women's T20 World Cup, Men's Under-19 World Cup
2031: World Test Championship Final, Men's ODI World Cup, Women's T20 Champions Trophy, Women's Under-19 T20 World Cup