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The recent meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board in Dubai marked a significant step in shaping the future structure of international cricket. Discussions centered around providing greater context to white-ball matches, scheduling considerations, and the commercial aspects of the Future Tours Programme (FTP).

Future Structure of International Cricket:

The ICC Board and Chief Executives’ Committee engaged in extensive deliberations regarding the long-term future of the global cricket calendar. Key topics included enhancing context for international white-ball matches and exploring the feasibility of scheduling windows. While no immediate solutions were reached, the commitment to exploring options for delivering context was evident.

Introduction of Stop Clock in ODIs and T20Is:

In a notable decision, the ICC Board confirmed the permanent implementation of the stop clock in all ODIs and T20Is. Results from the stop clock trial showcased significant time-saving benefits, with approximately 20 minutes per ODI match being saved. As a result, the stop clock will be mandated in all men’s ODI and T20I matches between Full Members starting from June 1, 2024, including the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Playing Conditions for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024:

The playing conditions for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 were approved during the meeting. Notable provisions include the introduction of reserve days for the semi-finals and final, and specific criteria for constituting a match in different stages of the tournament. These measures aim to ensure the smooth conduct of the tournament and minimize disruptions due to adverse weather conditions.

Qualification Process for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2026:

The ICC Board also finalized the qualification process for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2026, slated to be held in India and Sri Lanka. Automatic qualification will be granted to the joint hosts and the top eight teams from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Additional spots will be filled based on the ICC Men’s T20I rankings table as of June 30, 2024, with the remaining teams determined through Regional Qualifiers.

Conclusion:

The outcomes of the ICC Board meeting underscore a proactive approach towards addressing key challenges and enhancing the global cricket landscape. With decisions aimed at providing greater context, improving match flow, and ensuring fair qualification processes, the ICC remains committed to advancing the sport’s interests on a global scale.

Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Waseem Shahzad Qadrihttp://wasimqadriblog.wordpress.com/
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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