DUBAI, UAE — The International Cricket Council (ICC) has renamed the ICC World T20 as the ICC T20 World Cup. This means next editions of the events in 2020 in Australia will be known as the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.
The renaming decision is aligned to the Global Cricket Strategy, which will be launched in early 2019, in which the shortest format will not only be used as the vehicle to globalise the game, but to also enhance its profile and status and ensure its status is at par with the pinnacle events of the other two formats.
The ICC board had already approved that all T20s between its members will be granted T20I status. It then introduced a regional qualification process that provides a pathway to all its 104 members with an opportunity to play and win the World Cup.
The renaming of the event is also aimed at cementing the importance this event holds in the international cricket calendar and ensuring parity across all three formats of the game.
The decision to rename the event was backed by international captains, while South Africa’s Faf du Plessis hinted that the event in the last quarter of 2020 in Australia will be his final ICC event.
The West Indies men’s team captain Carlos Braithwaite, whose side will defend the title they won in Kolkata in 2016, said: “I think the change in name is a brilliant initiative, it will now make the women feel equal and part of the entire spectacle, without segregation of gender, it’s The Cricket World Cup, because cricket is played by both genders.
“The growth of T20 cricket has been remarkable. I’m not sure how many people could have predicted how far the game or the format would’ve risen when it was first introduced, but certainly it has taken the sport to new markets, pushed it to new levels. As a result of this, the other two formats in cricket have benefited because players now come with an attacking nature, and it’s continuing to push the bat vs ball debate, with batsmen continuously trying to find new ways to conquer bowlers, and as a result, bowlers are getting smarter, so it’s pushing the level of cricket being played now.”