2027 Cricket World Cup – The changes were announced when the ICC, cricket’s world governing body, published its schedule of global events from 2024-2031.

The Men’s Cricket World Cup will be a 14-team tournament again in 2027 and 2031, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.

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The changes were announced when the ICC, cricket’s world governing body, published its schedule of global events from 2024-2031.

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Meanwhile the Champions Trophy, the ‘mini’ World Cup last held in 2017, when Pakistan won in England, will be revived as an eight-team event in 2025 and 2029.

Only 10 teams competed for the 2019 World Cup, which was won by hosts England, compared to 14 four years earlier.

But a statement issued by the ICC board said: “The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be a 14-team, 54-match event in 2027 and 2031, while the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be expanded to a 20-team, 55-match event in 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030.”

Reducing the number of teams participating in the 2011 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand to just 10 was a controversial decision by the ICC, with critics arguing that it hindered the global growth of the game.

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Officials defended the move at the time, saying the streamlined format would reduce the risk of mismatches and would be preferred by broadcasters.

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ICC World Cup Expansion – The Debate Between Cricket Going Global & Maintaining Quality & Competitiveness

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The ICC has expanded the 2027 and 2031 50-over World Cups to a 14-team event which also marks the return of the Super Six. This will reopen the debate between ‘Development’ and ‘Quality’ while exploring the somewhat controversial Super Sixes points system.

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The ICC board made several major decisions regarding the sport’s global mega-event for the cycle between 2024 and 2031. Among them was the expansion of the major 50-over World Cup to 14 teams in 2027 and 2031. This has reopened the old debate about increased participation versus quality and competitive play.

The ICC has proposed a return to the Super Sixes format used in 1999 and 2003 over the ‘league’ format used in the 1992 and 2019 editions and will be the format used for the 2023 edition also hosted by India. .

The 1992 World Cup format saw a total of 9 nations with each team playing each other once before the top 4 advanced to the semi-finals. It is considered to be the fairest and most impartial format of all as each team is tested against each other which ensures that only the ‘best’ make it to the knockout stage – the semi-finals. Although the big team was disappointed by the small fish in several games, their performance allowed them to come back and thus prove that they deserve to finish in the top 4. the overall balance and structure of the competition. It also means that small or second division teams have no chance of making it to the semi-finals as they will not be able to consistently beat the top tier teams in the tournament.

So, in short, this format ensures that only the most deserving and consistent teams make it to the semi-finals.

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The 1992 World Cup was one of the most exciting and high quality tournaments in terms of games and competitions and thus gave more legitimacy to the format. The way Pakistan fought and against all odds still made it to the semi-finals, with hardly anyone giving them a chance, is a testament to the ‘form’ that allowed them to make a comeback like their own. great presentation, skills and leadership.

The same format was used in 2019 with the only difference being the addition of 10 teams instead of 9. It was a departure from the 2015 World Cup format where 14 teams participated in the tournament with a high number of one sided matches being used. cited as a reason to return to a league format with a smaller number of teams. The tournament saw 13 matches with a margin of victory of over 100 runs and 7 of them were minors. There were also 9 matches won by 7 or more wickets in hand and the underdogs were involved in 5 of these.

However, time has changed from 1992 to 2019 and thanks to the internet and the technological revolution the world has become global. Hence, the emphasis is on cricket to expand to a wider region rather than being an elite sport played primarily between 8-10 countries. This is one of the main objectives of the ICC Development program as well – to take cricket to different countries and continents and make it a global sport – only then will it be relevant to future generations.

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While the 2019 World Cup was a huge success in terms of attendance, competition and quality of cricket with the top four teams making it to the semi-finals – India, Australia, New Zealand and England, there has been much criticism of the format from under-age players. the country’s elite cricketers and several pundits and commentators. The idea is that excellence is achieved at the expense of growth and production.

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While the ICC has been strict in granting Test status only to ‘truly deserving’ member nations, the policy is, and indeed is, more liberal in the T20 format which is the game’s best chance to take the game to different parts of the world. From 16 teams in the World T20 in 2021 and 2022, the tournament will include 20 teams from 2024.

The ODI format, lurking somewhere in the middle, has engulfed the ‘development’ vs ‘quality’ debate. It seems, at least for now, that in the future, the ICC wants more member nations to participate even in the world’s premier 50-over tournament and thus has reverted to the format used in the 1999 and 2003 editions.

In the 2027 and 2031 World Cups there will be 14 teams each divided into two groups of 7. The top three teams from each group will enter the ‘SUPER SIX’ stage where they will play three teams from the other groups. The top four from the Super Sixes then advance to the semi-finals.

There are three main problems with this extended format. Firstly, there will be some one-sided matches in round 1 as there will be three ‘weak’ teams in both groups.

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Secondly, to relate to some of the group games and to reward consistency, there is a ‘points carried forward’ system which makes things quite complicated. The 1999 and 2003 editions have this system but with slight differences.

In 1999 in England, only points against the other two qualified teams from the group carried over to the Super Sixes stage which seemed fair as it meant you got credit for a win against a team that played well. However, the system was changed in the 2003 edition in South Africa where points against unqualified teams were also considered, but with a lower weightage. It is not yet clear which system will be followed in 2027 and 2031.

Last but not least is the kid’s chance to get past round 1 in the Super Sixes and then somehow, with a bit of luck, make it to the semi-finals. This is what happened with Kenya in 2003. Kenya only won one big match in round one beating Sri Lanka. Their other wins were against Canada and Bangladesh. New Zealand missed their match after refusing to travel to Kenya for security reasons. This gave Kenya four valuable points and they prevented hosts South Africa from progressing to the Super Sixes stage.

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Kenya lost to India and Australia in the Super Sixes Stage and beat Zimbabwe but as they had taken points despite a ‘no-win’ win in round 1, they finished third in the Super Sixes and advanced to the semi-finals. – final.

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The problem was that Kenya did not qualify for the semi-finals of the game’s premier tournament and then had a few one-sided contests in the Super Six before losing to India in the semi-finals. It takes away from the spectators and high-quality, competitive cricket expected in the World Cup.

The problem with this format is exactly this. First, some promotions or abandoned games could help the ‘kids’ to the Super Sixes stage and then maybe the ‘points forward’ system would help them to the knockouts. This format does not necessarily ensure optimal quality