ICC CEC Recommends 16-Team ICC World Twenty20
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) has recommended that the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 include 16 teams.
The committee met in Dubai and also discussed the ICC Governance Review, a proposed tour of Pakistan by Bangladesh and general issues relating to the game.
After receiving a presentation on the Woolf report into ICC governance, the committee noted that ICC Member Boards and the ICC Board of Directors will need to consider the recommendations in detail.
Following a discussion on the possibility of Bangladesh becoming the first Full ICC Member to tour Pakistan since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in March 2009, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said:
"Bearing in mind that safety and security is the sole responsibility of individual Member Board’s for bilateral matches, the CEC regarded this as an exceptional circumstance in which the appointment to matches of non-neutral match officials could be justified but stated clearly that it should not to be regarded as a preferred option or precedent if the dispensation were to be granted."
The board then moved onto Twenty20 cricket, recommending that teams should be able to play an additional three matches (15 as opposed to 12) in the 12 months preceding an ICC World T20 event and that the next event in Bangladesh should include 16 teams.
They also added that 'the Associate and Affiliate countries should consider submitting a detailed proposition to host a future ICC World Twenty20 event in a developing country or region'.
"It was an important discussion and the CEC agreed that further conversations to strategically manage T20 cricket and also to promote all three formats would be beneficial," Lorgat added.
The board also confirmed that they would further explore an invitation for cricket to feature at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Additionally, they agreed to explore the possibility of a Future Tours Programme for Associate/Affiliate teams including matches against Full Member 'A' teams, praised the work of curators in producing a healthy balance between bat and ball in international cricket and the work of match officials in ensuring over-rates are maintained.
The CEC comprises the Chief Executives (or nominated representative) of the ten ICC Full Members as well as three Associate Member representatives.
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