The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) is set to maximize the men’s 50-more than World Cups publish 2023 to 14 groups in a “compromise” amid popular aid amongst powerbrokers for even far more countries to be element of the sport’s flagship event.
Cricket’s ‘global’ party featured a measly 10 teams at the 2019 Entire world Cup in the U.K. this means Whole Member nations Zimbabwe and Ireland skipped out. And the 2023 Globe Cup in India is also set to boast the exact same quantity that means it has only amplified by just two teams considering the fact that the opening version in 1975.
There has lengthy been an outcry more than the latest structure main to a lot squabbling among administrators but minor motion. With the ICC sorting its situations system for the up coming broadcast legal rights cycle from 2023-31, decisions have to have to be manufactured imminently in excess of the formats of potential Globe Cups.
Soon after being fundamentally paralyzed final yr amid stonewalling around an excruciating chair election approach, there is now an emphasis to go immediately with the all-essential Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) meeting regularly with the Environment Cup structure currently being the hot concern.
In an casual CEC conference on Tuesday, a 14-team Environment Cup in 2027 – a strategy initially reported by Tim Wigmore in The Telegraph – with teams split into two teams appeared to get consensus, in accordance to resources, soon after remaining favored by the ICC.
As I noted very last week, there is “strong support” from all those on the ICC board and the CEC around a 16-workforce Entire world Cup but that sentiment has been sullied by a experience of inevitability that the ICC want to push ahead with 14 teams – the range utilized at the 2003, 2011 and 2015 editions.
“Sixteen teams is noticed as a drastic change by the ICC, who consider it is not feasible at the second,” a source privy to the conversations explained to me. “There will have to be correct justification for 16 teams but that is not the situation due to monetary and logistical problems.
“Sixteen groups would of course be considerably far better for the Associates international locations. It truly need to be 20 groups.”
With the significant boards, including the really influential India, seemingly indifferent, according to resources, it appears a fait accompli a 14-crew Planet Cup in 2027 will be locked in.
The ICC, in accordance to sources, is pushing for that figure to fairly fulfill broadcasters, who have seemingly been spooked because the 16-crew 2007 Entire world Cup when India and Pakistan were being knocked out early in the event staged in the Caribbean.
In contrast to FIFA, which has no broadcast husband or wife for its soccer Entire world Cups, cricket seemingly desires to seek the green light from broadcasters.
“Generally for our tournaments the see of the broadcaster is taken into thing to consider seriously,” an ICC board member informed me. “Unlike in soccer, cricket has a broadcast partner. The broadcaster is the cash cow, which does permit for the broadcaster to have a say.
“What does the broadcaster want? They obviously want extra money. But there is an appetite for additional groups on the board for the reason that it provides the sport a worldwide get to.
“But it is not rising at the pace everyone needs it to be. Fourteen teams is a compromise.”
Scotland’s Tony Brian, who was on the ICC board till final December, stated “obviously we would like to have more countries to make it a authentic Planet Cup”.
“But we identify transferring from 10 to 14 is a significant stage and we welcome it,” he instructed me. “It was a regular situation (when he was on the board) but there was no apparent consensus more than 14 or 16. It was not dealt with with that degree of focus at that time.”
The CEC is set to satisfy – in excess of zoom – all over again on Thursday and then in a fortnight in advance of the ICC board makes the remaining final decision at its AGM in July.
It seems cricket’s showpiece event will belatedly extend but with less groups than quite a few experienced hoped.