Cricket World Cup ‘returned to 14-team format not seen since the 2003 tournament from 2027…with a return of the Super Six and six extra matches included’ than the system used in the win two years ago England
- A 10-team format was used in the 2019 World Cup, won by England from Eoin Morgan
- It is also scheduled to be used for the tournament in India in two years’ time
- But concerns have been raised about the damage this could do to emerging countries
- The format will be discussed at the ICC board meeting starting Tuesday
According to reports, the men’s one-day cricket world cup returns to the 14-team format last used in the 2003 tournament.
The current 10-team format was used in the 2019 World Cup won by England’s Eoin Morgan and will come into effect again for the tournament scheduled for October and November 2023 in India.
The system currently in use would be supported by broadcasters due to the guarantee that India will get nine games.
The one-day men’s cricket world cup will reportedly return to 14-team format
The model was previously used at the 2003 World Cup, which Australia won in South Africa
But it has been criticized elsewhere in cricket’s attempts to expand the sport, with concerns about the damage it could do to emerging countries.
The format will be discussed at the ICC board meeting starting Tuesday, but The Telegraph claim that from 2027 the World Cup will include 14 teams, a Super Six stage and six more games in the tournament.
The Super Sixes model would dictate that the 14 teams would be placed in two groups of seven, with each country playing six group matches.
The top three teams in each group would then advance to the Super Sixes stage, with the sides taking points from the first pool and playing against the three other countries to advance from the opposing group stage.
The current system has been backed by broadcasters because of the guarantee that India will get nine games
But concerns have arisen about the damage such a system is doing to emerging countries such as Afghanistan
The four best teams from this phase would then reach the semi-finals, after which the tournament would continue as usual. However, 54 games would be played in such a tournament, compared to the 48 played in England and Wales two years ago.
A six-week round-robin system was used at the 2019 World Cup, with the top four teams – in that case India, England, Australia and New Zealand – then qualifying for the semi-finals.
A 14-team format with two groups of seven was also used in 2011 and 2015, but differed from the 2003 edition in that four teams then advanced to a quarter-final.
The 2007 World Cup in the West Indies used a very different system, with 16 teams participating initially divided into four groups and the two best performing teams from each group moving to a ‘Super 8’ format.
An increase in global events for ICC men could introduce a competition no different from the defunct Champions Trophy
The top four from this group – in that case Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka – then qualified for the semi-finals.
However, the report adds that these formats are deemed unsuitable due to the lack of threat faced by some parties at this early stage, something that is reportedly not a problem with the Super Six option, which is reportedly also more of a hit by emerging teams. a chance.
While the 2003 system will be discussed at the meeting, the report adds an official announcement on the future model of the 50-over World Cups for men, which is not expected until later this year.
The same outlet also claims boards around the world will agree to an increase in ICC events for men worldwide from six to eight, which could see the introduction of a one-day competition not too different from the now-defunct Champions Trophy.