World T20 renamed to T20 World Cup, Kohli among many to embrace change
The 20-over format World Cup will be called the ICC T20 World Cup from its next edition. (Getty Image)

The final between Australia women and England women on Sunday will be the last time that the 20-over Cricket World Cup will be called the World T20. The ICC has renamed the global tournament the ICC T20 World Cup, starting with the two events in Australia in 2020. As per the ICC, the call has been made to push cricket globally and “enhance” the event s profile and was “aligned to the Global Cricket Strategy, which will be launched in early 2019”

Between February 21 and March 8 in 2020, Australia will host the Women s T20 World Cup, followed by the Men s T20 World Cup between October 18 and November 15. The change has been well received by both men and women international cricketers, with Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli being the first two to embrace the name change.

“It’s exciting for Australia to be hosting both the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2020,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said in a statement. “Representing your country in a World Cup is a huge honour and winning the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 on home soil was an incredible feeling. Now, we get the chance to take on the world’s best T20 teams in Australia as part of this showcase event.

“There’s still plenty of preparation ahead for the tournament, but we’re looking forward to the challenge and playing in front of our fans in Australia.”

Kohli mentioned that he would love the opportunity to lead India to their second T20 World Cup triumph having won the inaugural edition in 2007. “I’m really excited for the opportunity to be part of the T20 World Cup in Australia. The pinnacle event for T20 cricket is rightly now the World Cup. India won the first edition of the World T20 in 2007 and it would be a great moment to hold the T20 World Cup trophy aloft in Australia,” Kohli said.

England captain Heather Knight, who will be facing Australia in the final of the Women s “World T20”, said: “We’ve always loved playing in this tournament and with the increasing focus on T20I cricket, it is bound to become even more fiercely contested. It has always been a global event and we’ve seen a number of countries perform in it across the years so the change in name makes sense. It’s always been a World Cup to us and I’m sure to other teams as well so we look forward to playing in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020.”

Sarfraz Ahmed, captain of Pakistan the No.1-ranked T20 team in the world, pointed out that the change has will help ICC grow even bigger in terms of reputation.

Pakistan men’s team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, whose side is ranked number-one in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, shed further light on the renaming rationale in his statement

“By renaming the World T20 as T20 World Cup, the ICC has enhanced the reputation, value and prestige of this extremely difficult and challenging tournament,” he said. “This event has previously been referred to differently in marketing and digital campaigns, television broadcast, media reports. As such, there was no clarity on where this event was ranked amongst the other ICC events. I am sure this amendment will give the event its due credit and well-deserved identity.

“Pakistan is the best T20I side in the world and I am sure we will be an even better and stronger outfit when the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup takes place in the second half of 2020. After next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, we will shift our attention to the 20-over format and will aim to add another T20 World Cup to our collection.”