The ICC has confirmed a new format for the 2024 T20 World Cup
Following the successful conclusion of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, the ICC has already begun planning for improvements in the ICC T20 World Cup in 2024. The ICC’s most important change ahead of the 2024 event is the number of teams competing and the format they will use.
Unlike the World Cup conducted in Australia, which saw four teams from the First Round advance to the Super 12 stage, a new and improved structure will be used in 2024. The combined hosts of the next showpiece event will be the United States and the West Indies under the enlarged format.
As previously announced by the ICC, the top eight teams in Australia, i.e. the top four teams from each group in the Super 12 stage, have secured their places in the 2024 World Cup. In addition, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the next two top sides in the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, have confirmed their places. Because the United States and the West Indies are the event’s hosts, they get automatic qualifying for the two berths, which total 12 positions.
Regional qualifiers will also choose a few teams for the 2024 T20 World Cup.
The remaining eight berths in the 2024 tournament will now be decided through regional competition. Unlike the Global Qualifier system that existed until the 2022 tournament, the regional fixtures that will determine the remaining berths will be prioritised in the 2024 competition.
Africa, Asia, and Europe have each been granted two seats, for a total of six spots. The remaining two seats will be divided equally between the Americas and East Asia-Pacific. These clubs will fill eight of the available seats.
The total of 20 (12+8) teams for the 2024 event will now be divided into four groups of five. Furthermore, instead of the previous edition’s Super 12 stage, the top two teams in each group will advance to the Super 8 stage.
Furthermore, the eight teams will be separated into two groups of four teams each, with the top two sides advancing to the elimination stages. The elimination stages will still consist of two semi-finals and one final.
The 2024 event will have 55 matches, with one-third of the matches taking place in the United States and the balance in the West Indies. According to the ICC, the revised, longer format will be in force until the 2030 World Cup.