ICC CEO David Richardson  © AFP
ICC CEO David Richardson © AFP

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is trying to make cricket a global affair by spreading its wings. In a new move, ICC is likely to grant all 104 cricket playing members; men and women’s teams Twenty20 international status. ICC CEO, David Richardson confirmed by this development on the sidelines of ICC meeting in Kolkata.

Currently there are 18 nations with T20I status; 12 full members and 6 part-time members. According to cricbuzz, Richardson said: “All Women’s team matches will be awarded T20 International status on July 1st 2018. All the men’s team matches will be given T20 International status on January 1st 2019.”

He also spoke about future of Champions Trophy. He said: “In all likelihood the 2021 Champions Trophy will be a World T20.” He also spoke about rise of T20 leagues. He said: “There are occasions where they [T20 leagues] are competing with international bilateral series. We need to look at our regulations to see how we can allow that to happen.”

He also spoke about no series between India and Pakistan in the proposed FTP. He said: “There is a common desire that it will be great if India  and Pakistan can play each other, specifically in bilateral series. The issue is quite complicated I am afraid, it is going to take a lot more than just two boards agreeing.”