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The International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to give international status to all T20 matches played by its 104 members and CEO Dave Richardson is hopeful of cricket’s inclusion at Los Angeles 2028. (AFP)

Last Update on: April 27th, 2018 at 12:34 pm

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is helping the Twenty20 game to grow and is hoping to include cricket in 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

As a result, they decided to scrap the 50-over Champions Trophy in Indi (2021). That will now be a Twenty20 World Cup.

ICC CEO Dave Richardson made this announcement in Kolkata during a meeting, where Jagmohan Dalmiya lived.

Moreover, Dalmiya started the Champions Trophy during his tenure as the ICC President.

Speaking to the media here on Thursday (April 26), Richardson said all T20 matches between two countries will get international status and a ranking system introduced for teams from one to 104.

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For women, all T20’s will be internationals from July 1, 2018, while for men, it will commence on January 1, 2019.

Moreover, the rankings for women will start from October 2018 and those for men from May 2019.

The T20 format, we always knew, was a vehicle for growing our game, transforming it into a truly global sport instead of one being played by a few,” said Richardson.

ICC decides to scrap coveted Champions Trophy:

A World T20 will now take place in consecutive years in 2020 and 2021 after a 50-over World Cup in 2019.

Richardson said the decision to convert the Champions Trophy to a T20 World Cup was unanimous. He also added that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials were also present at the meeting.

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The Champions Trophy was too similar to the (50-over) World Cup. Yes, it is a little bit unfortunate that we will have a T20 World Cup and another one 12 months later but is happening because of the scheduling. There was a possibility of shifting it to 2022 but with all the bilateral tours, we decided to stick to the same time slot. Going forward, there will a World T20 every two years and every four years a (50-over) World Cup,” he added.

Meanwhile, the first world Test championship will be held over a two-year period from 2019 and the second from 2021.

Concluding, ICC is subsequently aiming for a big shot – to introduce cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

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Ankush Das

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