T20 Word Cup set to move after Covid-19 chaos

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Virat Kohli (pictured) lifting up a T20 trophy.
The 2021 T20 World Cup is set to move to the United Arab Emirates due to Covid-19. (Getty Images)

The T20 World Cup is set to be moved after the International Cricket Council (ICC) made sweeping changes to the format for up-coming tournaments.

The World Cup will become a 14-team, 54-match event in 2027 and 2031.

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The T20 World Cup will be expanded to a 20-team, 55-match tournament every two years from 2024.

The ODI World Cup format will be two groups of seven, with the top three in each group progressing to a Super Six stage, followed by semi-finals and the final.

The announcement reverses the ICC's decision to cut the field from 14 teams to 10 after the 2015 tournament.

The cut meant the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales took place without the likes of Zimbabwe and Ireland, with qualification harder for teams outside the traditional elite.

The 2023 World Cup in India will remain a 10-team event.

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But one of the biggest changes is the imminent decision to host this year's T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, following India's devastation at the hands of Covid-19.

The ICC said its board has: "requested management focus its planning efforts for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 on the event being staged in the UAE with the possibility of including another venue in the Middle East".

A decision is expected to be made later this month.

The 2021 T20 World Cup will remain 16 teams.

with AAP

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