ICC mulling additional World T20 tournaments

ICC mulling additional World T20 tournaments
The group stage encounter between India and Pakistan was witnessed by 83 million viewers.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering organising additional World Twenty20 tournaments in the year 2018 and 2022 according to reports.

A report in The Telegraph said that the ICC is currently holding discussions with broadcasters with a view of finding the right venue for the proposed additional World T20s.

The most recent edition of the World T20 was held in India this year with West Indies clinching a second title and the next tournament is set to be held in Australia in the year 2020.

In the meanwhile, the ICC is set to conduct the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 Cricket World Cup, both of which will be hosted by England.

The report also suggested that the ICC will hold formal discussions about the additional World T20s during the Annual General Meeting which will be held in Edinburgh at the end of June.

According to the report, it is the extraordinary success of the 2016 World T20 held in India which has prompted the board to consider the additional tournaments.

The final between England and West Indies in the 2016 World T20 was viewed by 2.45 million viewers on Sky Sports, giving the channel its highest rating for a game of cricket.

The ICC also confirmed after the conclusion of the tournament that the group stage encounter between India and Pakistan was witnessed by 83 million viewers and was rated 17.3 in the country, bringing the highest rating since the 2007 World T20 final.

Between 2007 and 2016, the ICC has hosted six editions of the World T20 and two tournaments were held in successive years in 2009 and 2010 to account for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

The possibility of accommodating the additional tournament in 2018 will be a conflict for the ICC as the Future Tours Program has already been penned in till 2019.

However, the window created for the now defunct Champions League T20 tournament can be used to hold the additional tournament.

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