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ICC may scrap CT after 2017 edition

Mumbai, June 23: The future of the Intertiol Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy is back in doubt as the tourment could even be abolished after next year’s edition in England, should a new One-Day Intertiol (ODI) league be introduced from 2019.

The Champions Trophy was origilly meant to be scrapped after the 2013 edition, but the huge commercial success of that year’s tourment in England led to it being retained, at the expense of the World Test Championship that had been scheduled for 2017, reports ESPNcricinfo.

However, now the tourment faces being a victim of the ICC’s ongoing review of the structure of intertiol cricket. Under the latest proposals an ODI league of 13 tions is being planned from 2019, culmiting in a play-off between the leading two sides in 2022.

Although the Champions Trophy has proved hugely popular, in part due to its condensed ture — 15 matches will be played over 18 days in next year’s competition — the ICC has never been emoured of having two marquee tourments in 50-over cricket alongside the World Twenty20, and had planned to scrap the tourment as far back as 2011.

“The event has been allocated to India in 2021, but how things will pan out following discussions around intertiol cricket structures, we don’t know,” an ICC spokesman said. IANS

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