Dubai: The International Cricket Council's Executive Board on Monday decided to increase the number of teams in the biennial ICC World Twenty20 from 12 to 16 for the editions commencing 2014.
During a weekend meeting here, the ICC Board received a report of the strategic discussions held at the Chief Executive Committee’s (CEC) meeting in March and confirmed the "increase, from 2014 onwards, of the number of teams participating in the ICC World T20 from 12 to 16 men's teams. The event should remain a joint men's and women's event," the ICC said in a statement.
"Three additional Twenty20 internationals may be played in the year in which the ICC World Twenty20 is being staged, provided there is a corresponding reduction in the maximum number of permitted ODIs [as per ICC Scheduling guidelines, the current regulations permit a maximum of 12 T20Is for each Full Member in any one year]."
Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive, said the amount of cricket being played these days was discussed before the decision. "The need to manage volume of cricket was considered when agreeing to allow the additional T20Is to be played in a year," he said. The ICC board also confirmed United Arab Emirates (UAE) and New Zealand as the hosts for the qualifying tournaments of 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and 2015 ICC World Cup to be organised in October 2013 and in 2014 respectively.
Other decisions taken included confirmation to proceed with a high-level evaluation of cricket's participation in multi-sport games; the necessity for women's cricket to play at least three ODIs or three Twenty20s in a calendar year in order to retain their ODI and T20 status; and, following an independent study, that the current Reliance ICC Rankings are fit for the purposes of determining qualification to ICC events and for promotion/relegation purposes.