International Cricket Council has renamed “World T20” championship as “T20 World Cup” and next editions will be known as ICC T20 World Cup. It means next ICC T20 world cup in 2020 will be popular as ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. Both tournaments to be hosted by Cricket Australia.
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ICC changes the name of the shortest format of the game as a part of global strategy to popular the sport all over the world. Global Cricket Strategy which will be launched in early 2019, is set to take game in more countries and t20 format is a pillar to do that.
“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,” said ICC in a release.
This decision of changing World T20 to T20 World Cup was backed by all the leaders of ICC members teams. Both men’s and women’s teams captains have supported International Cricket Council’s decision.
Australia to host 2020 t20 world cup and their current skipper Aaron Finch was delighted to see his nation hosting another world cup and he believes it’s a great honor to play at home and winning biggest tournament like cricket world cup.
“It’s exciting for Australia to be hosting both the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2020. Winning the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 on home soil was an incredible feeling. Now, we get the chance to take on the world’s best T20 teams in Australia as part of this showcase event.”
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is desperate to win 2020 world cup in Australia for country for the second time as MS Dhoni guided India to win inaugural edition in 2007.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to be part of the T20 World Cup in Australia. The pinnacle event for T20 cricket is rightly now the World Cup. India won the first edition of the World T20 in 2007 and it would be a great moment to hold the T20 World Cup trophy aloft in Australia,” Kohli quoted.
England women’s cricket team captain Heather Knight also explained the importance of Australia’s T20 World Cup in 2020 and she is looking forward for it.
“It’s always been a World Cup to us and I’m sure to other teams as well so we look forward to playing in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020,” Knight said.
Windies men’s team will be title defending champions in T20 World Cup 2020.