International Cricket Council announced big news on Thursday (April 26, 2018) that all its 104 member nations (both men and women’s team) will be granted T20I status. ICC CEO David Richardson confirmed the development and also stated that a global ranking system will be launched for this shorter format. Presently, there are 18 teams with T20I status – 12 full members plus Scotland, Netherlands, Hong Kong, UAE, Oman and Nepal. “All Women’s team matches will be awarded T20 International status on July 1st, 2018. All the men’s team matches will be given T20 International status on January 1st, 2019,” Richardson said.Even before the finish of the Champions Trophy 2017, the future of the multi-country event has been up in the air.There have been talks of scouring the trophy altogether, but Richardson has now stated that: “In all likelihood, the 2021 Champions Trophy will be a World T20.”Stating that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is previously late in formally connecting to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include the most popular game in the 2024 Olympics in Paris, Richardson said they would proceed talks with the IOC indicating that cricket can add value to the Olympic Games. He also said the ICC has to settle an issue with the BCCI and the Indian Olympic Association to take the issue forward.CEO David Richardson also discussed about T20 leagues and their impression on international cricket calendars. Earlier this year, there were reports that from 2020, there won’t be any international cricket will be played during the IPL season- paving the way for an extra window for the T20 league. Richardson said: “There are moments where they T20 leagues are fighting with international bilateral series. We need to look at our controls to see how we can allow that to happen and merge with regular cricket calendar.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Thursday hoped that cricket would become a part of the Olympics from 2028 in Los Angeles if all the cricket playing nations were joined on this.
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Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.