London: The next edition of the World Twenty20 could be played in 2018 in an International Cricket Council bid to once again increase the frequency of the event, according to reports.
West Indies players pose with the ICC World T20 trophy after their win over England in the final at Kolkata on April 3. Pic/PTI
Commercial success in this year's edition in India is seen as a leading factor in the ICC's desire to add further World Cups in 2018 and 2022, the Sunday Telegraph says, bookending the already-scheduled 2020 tournament in Australia. Until now, the event has been played every two years — apart from when it was staged in successive years in 2009 and 2010 — but the ICC had initially opted against holding the next tournament in 2018 in efforts to keep interest levels reasonably balanced across the sport's three formats.
Their turn now
The Sunday Telegraph says the ICC could look at venues such as the West Indies — home of the current champions — and the United Arab Emirates as potential hosts for the new editions. England have hosted the tournament in the past, in 2009, but will not be expected to fill in this time owing to their staging of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and 50-over World Cup in 2019.
England and West Indies contested the final of this year's World Twenty20, with the Caribbean side dramatically clinching victory in the final over thanks to Carlos Brathwaite's heroics with the bat. Off the field, the ICC was keen to publicise the commercial and marketing records for the 2016 event, not just in traditional cricketing nations such as India and England, but also in the United States where the governing body said it reached 1.4 million television households.