T20I Tournament: Disney Star’s Quest for ICC Champions Trophy Success

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The upcoming Champions Trophy will be played in 2025 and 2029, while the T20 World Cup is scheduled for 2024, 2026, 2028, and 2030.

The Guardian newspaper has reported that the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy may undergo a transformation from its 50-over format to a fast-paced T20 tournament. Insider sources suggest that Disney Star, the current broadcasters, are interested in reshaping the competition into an 8-team, 20-overs spectacle.

The potential shift to T20 for the Champions Trophy would follow the T20 World Cups in 2024, 2026, 2028, and 2030. Disney Star has secured the broadcast rights for all ICC events from 2024 to 2027 for the Indian market, with an investment of USD 3 billion.

Between 2024 and 2027, the ICC men’s calendar will host two T20 World Cups, two World Test Championship finals, a revamped Champions Trophy, and a 50-over World Cup. The women’s schedule includes two T20 World Cups, a 50-over World Cup, and a T20 Champions Trophy. In the U-19 category, there are two men’s World Cups and a pair of women’s T20 World Cups.

This potential shift raises questions about the ongoing 50-over World Cup’s role in determining qualification for a T20 tournament and the future of ODI cricket. A broadcaster source claimed that this transition will “kill off” the one-day format. This change poses challenges for teams like Afghanistan, but captain Hashmatullah Shahidi remains hopeful that the ODI format will endure and contribute to the growth and improvement of cricketing nations.