Will there be a T20 World Cup in 2018 or not?

The ICC Board has delayed its decision on whether to hold T20 World Cup in 2018 until October.

Will there be a T20 World Cup in 2018 or not?
ICC holdup its decision on two-year cycle of T20 World Cup

The tournament was a huge success in India earlier this year where West Indies took the prestigious trophy home and became the only team to hold the trophy twice.

Many speculations have registered that ICC members had wanted to restore it to a once-in-two-years affair, as opposed to restricting it to a four-year cycle as was discussed earlier.

Though South Africa had emerged a favourite to host the 2018 T20 World Cup yet the matter was meant to be finalised at the ICC annual conference, which concluded in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Star India and Star Middle East, wholly owned subsidiaries of 21st Century Fox Inc, bagged audio-visual rights to ICC events for the 2015-2023 cycle since 2014.  According to David Richardson (ICC chief executive) the question of hosting the Tournament was brought up during the Board meetings, but a final decision will only be taken after seeking the views of Star, which holds the broadcast rights for ICC world events.

“It came up for discussion. In principle the Board supported the possibility of at least holding an additional World T20 in 2018,” Richardson said after the annual conference. “There is a gap in the Future Tours Programme calendar for it to take place. But again it depends whether it is worth it or not – we have got a broadcast agreement in place with Star. They need to be consulted. Their views need to be sought.

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