The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to expand its T20 programme. After the World Cup of the shortest version in England next year, there will be another extravaganza called the World T20 Championship 2010 in March-April in the West Indies.
“We had a choice between a 50-over tournament and a T20 one and we chose the latter," said ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Saturday.
"The modalities of the tournament are being worked out and we are in talks with the West Indies board to finalise the venues," Lorgat said.
After its executive board meeting earlier this week, the ICC said it still considers Test cricket to be the most important form of the game. Lorgat said the decision to have another T20 tournament wouldn't be a deterrent to the popularity of Test cricket.
"We will somehow have to devise a method to popularise Test cricket more."
The ICC is already feeling the T20 heat with the England-Sri Lanka Test series scheduled for next year being in jeopardy because its dates clash with the IPL.
“The challenge we are facing now is between where a player wants to earn money and where the board wants him to be,” Lorgat said.
Waiting for BCCI report
Lorgat said that the ICC is still considering the ICL application for recognition. “We have received an application from ICL and we will take a decision only after receiving a report from the BCCI on its recent meeting with the ICL.”
Lorgat said that the ICC was not mediating talks between the two parties. “It's a process and we will take the final call only after discussing every aspect.”