Dubai | India has been confirmed as host for the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup, scheduled to be held from March 11 to April 3, the ICC announced after ratifying its decision in the Board meeting here today.
Holding its first meeting of the year at the ICC headquarters, which was chaired by N Srinivasan and presided by Mustafa Kamal in the presence of all the full-member and associate representatives, the board took some major decisions issued quite a few directives to the cricket world.
The apex cricket body approved the dates for its main events through to 2019, following its Board meeting yesterday. Though the tournaments were awarded to the countries in 2013, the dates were approved during this two-day meeting.
The board also approved the dates for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England which will be held between June 1-19. England will also host the 50-over World Cup in 2019 from May 30 to June 15.
The 2017 Women’s World Cup will be held in England between Aug 4-27, the 2018 Women’s World Twenty20 will be organised in the West Indies between Nov 2-25.
Replicating the arrangements of the last edition of the cricket World Cup in 2011, the ICC Board reinstated the use of a ‘Super Over’ in the event of a tie in the final of the 50-over showpiece event.
The board also approved a change to the application of ICC Code of Conduct offences relating to slow over-rates in ICC events. Now the captains will not carry any prior minor over-rate offence ‘strikes’ or over-rate suspensions from other series into an ICC event.
This approval means that all captains will enter this edition with no over-rate ‘strikes’ against their names, and they will only be suspended from playing in World Cup match if over-rate offences are committed during the event.
Any over-rate offence incurred prior to the mega-event will be carried forward to the first bilateral series after the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
The board also reiterated its support for the umpires clamping down on poor player behaviour, particularly leading into and during the 11th edition of the 50-over World Cup.
The Board considered issues around player safety following the tragic death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes during a first-class match, and was briefed on the ICC-supported research project to improve the safety of cricket helmets.
The freak accident in November last year has recently resulted in a new British Safety Standard being introduced.
It was noted that helmet manufacturers have now introduced a number of new helmet models that comply with the updated British Standard, and that an increasing number of international players have been choosing to wear the helmet models that comply with this new safety standard.
The world governing body also received an update on the World Cup and approved the dates of the ICC events through to 2019.