ICC sets sights on Twenty20 world cup

The England and Wales Cricket Board will stage its first Twenty20 international next year. After a hugely successful first season in English domestic cricket in 2003, where more than 250,000 spectators streamed into county grounds, Cricket Australia has agreed in principle with the ECB to play a one-off match during next summer's Ashes tour.

The England and Wales Cricket Board will stage its first Twenty20 international next year. After a hugely successful first season in English domestic cricket in 2003, where more than 250,000 spectators streamed into county grounds, Cricket Australia has agreed in principle with the ECB to play a one-off match during next summer's Ashes tour.

A date and venue are yet to be finalised but it is believed that NatWest will be sponsoring the match and and it will form part of the celebrations surrounding their 25th anniversary in cricket. Should the 20-over- per-side match prove to be popular the ECB is sure to push for Twenty20 fixtures to become a regular part of international tours here.

The success of this and other future matches will be watched closely by the International Cricket Council, who may consider running tournaments based on Twenty20. The busy international schedule would make it difficult for the ICC to organise another event involving all Test-playing nations, but there could be a case for a 20-overs competition replacing the Champions Trophy.

The latter, which is due to take place in England in September, is played every four years and, along with the World Cup, allows the ICC to organise a major one-day tournament every two years. The Champions Trophy is viewed as a mini World Cup but if the ICC was to change it from its current 50-overs format it would then stand out on its own.

The short duration of Twenty20 games would allow for more matches during the three weeks which are put aside for the tournament. Currently, teams that enter the Champions Trophy may play as few as two games before they return home.

The success of Twenty20 in England has already encouraged other countries to take it on board. South Africa quickly introduced Twenty20 into their domestic itinerary and the matches drew big crowds.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas