Champions Trophy scrapped in favour of World T20

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The ICC has made the decision to play the World T20 in consecutive years, in 2020 and 2021, with the Champions Trophy being axed from the international cricket calendar.

The Champions Trophy, which was won by Pakistan in the UK last year, which was to be held in India will now be scrapped in favour of a tournament in the shortest format.

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This will be the second time the World T20 has been held in consecutive years with the 2009 edition  held in England and followed less than a year later in West Indies.

An ICC release said: “ICC Members have signed off a new Future Tours Programme (FTP) for 2019-2023 that incorporates the introduction of a World Test Championship and an additional ICC World T20 event in place of the Champions Trophy in 2021.

“This provides opportunities for 16 teams to compete at a global level with a sub-regional, regional and global qualification process every two years, giving more regular cricket to more Members.”