ICC, T20 Leagues
ICC (credits - Reuters)

Of late, the launch of T20 Leagues and ten over tournaments have become a part in the game of cricket. It seems like the International Cricket Council (ICC) is worried about the new trend and wants to make some modifications to the leagues for the betterment of the game.

Ever since the launch of the Indian Premier League by Indian Cricket, every ICC associated board has started their own leagues. The latest to join is Afghanistan, who started Afghanistan Premier League in the UAE.

We will look at certain things – ICC official Geoff Allardice

The higher officials in the ICC feels the emergence of various tournaments across the globe is a threat to the Test format of the game. They added that they are going to discuss the same in their upcoming meeting in Singapore on October 20th.

ICC, T20 Leagues, 10-over
APL 2018 is the new addition to T20 tournaments. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Geoff Allardice, general manager of cricket for the International Cricket Council (ICC), said they are going to look after few areas and then hand the approval for the new tournaments in the cricketing world.

“One of the things we will be talking about in our meeting next week is around regulations. And also, sanctioning of events and the release of players (for leagues). So you look at all of the documentation and the ownership structures. Also, how the league is going to be funded and all these types of things and then you provide approval,” Geoff told media.

Geoff Allardice, ICC
Geoff Allardice (Credits – AFP)

“It’s not just going to be an open door for any promoter to come in. I think it will be a bit harder to get sanctions in the future. Any tournament would need both the support of the home country and the ICC,” he added while speaking to reporters.

However, it would be interesting to see how ICC members would deal with the issue. Probably, the outcome will be in a negative way for the new-comers, as they are trying to get back the lost charm to the Test format.


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