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ICC board expands 2014 World T20 teams

Dubai, Tue, 17 Apr 2012 ANI

Dubai, Apr 17(ANI): The International Cricket Council executive board will expand the number of teams from 12 to 16 in the 2014 World Twenty20 tournament to be held Bangladesh.

The decision was announced after the end of a two-day meeting and aims to address associate members' demands, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The board also approved three additional Twenty20 matches, which would to be played in the year in which the World Twenty20 tournament is scheduled to take place.

The board, however, postponed a decision on the Woolf report, which proposes sweeping reforms of the ICC, until its next meeting in June.

The board decided there is "a real need for further discussions" among directors and members to "build a consensus."

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat agreed, saying "change in any form is challenging and it would be unrealistic to expect immediate decisions."

The 68-page report calls for overhauling the sport's governing body to ensure the ICC is no longer "a club" for the Test playing nations.

The ICC should be "positioned and empowered to promote, develop and act in the best interests of the international game as a whole," the report concluded. (ANI)

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