ICC announces 16 teams for ICC World T20 2014.
International Cricket Council (ICC) had announced that there will be 16 teams instead of 12 teams which would participate in the ICC World T20 on 2014 hosted by Bangladesh.
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat announced the expansion of the number of teams that would be competing for the ICC World T20 2014 championship in Bangladesh on Monday.
The expansion would give chance for 6 associates and affiliate available out of the 95 other cricketing national teams to compete for a spot to compete against the ten existing test teams in 2014 to compete in the global event. The matches for the qualifiers for the 2014 World T20 will take place in New Zealand and U.A.E after the successful qualifying tournaments for the 2012’s World T20 in UAE.
“What excites me is the decision to extend the World Twenty20 event, which takes place in 2014 in Bangladesh,” said Haroon Lorgat, “I’m sure that is very comforting to all associate (members) ... it provides them with a greater chance of competing on the global stage.”
As there is an increasing popularity in the T20 format of Cricket, the decision to expand the number of teams will be both beneficial for the associates and affiliates of the 95 countries as it would give them a chance to compete in the global stage amongst the existing test teams and widen the number of viewers and spectators of the game.