ICC may have two World T20s instead of Champions Trophy

first_imgAt present, India holds the hosting rights for the next Champions Trophy in 2021. File photo of Indian skipper Virat Kohli walks past the Trophy 2017.   –  Reuters cricket The International Cricket Council (ICC) is mulling with the idea of scrapping the Champions Trophy and hosting two World T20 Cups in the four-year cycle, chief executive David Richardson said today.India, who holds the hosting rights for the next Champions Trophy in 2021, were thrashed by Pakistan by 180 runs in the finals at The Oval last Sunday. The event received huge response from global audience as millions tuned in to catch the action of the stunning final in television.However, Richardson said there is no guarantee that there will be another Champions Trophy in 2021 and the issue will be discussed during this week’s ICC annual conference at The Oval. “What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens,” Richardson told reporters via telephone on the eve of the ICC’s annual conference in London. “At this stage, the next Champions Trophy is still scheduled for India in 2021. Whether that gets changed, the consideration has been given to changing to two T20s in a four-year cycle which would mean swapping the Champions Trophy for a World T20.”The ICC CEO said World T20s could involve upto 20 teams in future. “The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give opportunities to more teams. “A 16-team World T20 — even a 20-team World T20 — down the line is something that we would like to look at. With a 10-team World Cup we’re hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole. “It might not be necessary to continue with two 50-over tournaments going forward,” he added. COMMENTS 2/2 COMMENT File photo of ICC CEO David Richardson.   –  PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL ICC CEO David Richardson said World T20s could involve upto 20 teams in future.center_img SHARE June 20, 2017 × 1/2 File photo of ICC CEO David Richardson.   –  PTI Published on At present, India holds the hosting rights for the next Champions Trophy in 2021. File photo of Indian skipper Virat Kohli walks past the Trophy 2017.   –  Reuterslast_img read more

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Alisson the world’s best keeper – Roma boss

first_imgLiverpool’s Alisson Becker could be the best goalkeeper in world football, according to Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco.Alisson enjoyed a breakthrough season at Stadio Olimpico last term, starring as Roma made it to the Champions League semi-finals – where they were beaten by Liverpool – and a third-placed finish in Serie A.His superb form earned him a starting berth for Brazil at World Cup 2018, and that was followed by a move to Liverpool, with the Premier League side paying a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper to bring the 25-year-old to Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Roma signed Robin Olsen as a replacement, but, while confirming that the Sweden goalkeeper will start in the Giallorossi’s season opener against Torino, Di Francesco acknowledged it will be difficult to fill the void left by Alisson’s departure.”Choices were made, linked in with many situations,” Di Francesco told a press conference.”It’s not easy to replace Alisson, who is perhaps the best goalkeeper in the world. Robin proved his quality at the World Cup, he is ready and he will start on Sunday.”Many clubs below us in the table have reinforced, but generally all of Serie A has strengthened. We’ll see as time goes on if Roma have improved.”Some important players left, others arrived, and I am overall satisfied. There is still time to sell some players abroad, as there are many of us.”Roma begin their Serie A campaign on Sunday with a trip to Torino, who finished 10th in the Italian top flight last season.last_img read more

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