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Michael Vaughan mocks ICC for changing the name of “ICC World T20”

The change will come into picture from the 2020 edition of the tournament which will be hosted by Australia.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently made an announcement that it has renamed the ICC World T20 competition to ICC T20 World Cup. The change will come into the picture from the 2020 edition of the tournament which will be hosted by Australia. Former English skipper Michael Vaughan seemed unhappy about this and expressed his dissent using sarcasm.

“That’s the best news I heard all year. It’s been affecting me so much, such a huge change,” on his Twitter handle. ICC wishes to use the shortest format as a major influence to propagate the sport in various other countries as a part of its Global Cricket Strategy and the renaming decision was a part of that endeavour.

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The Global Cricket Strategy program will be launched early in 2019 in a bid to popularize the sport in countries which predominantly are into Football, Tennis and other sports. It will be interesting to see how this decision will fare in the long run and bring about a change in the larger perspective.

Here’s what Vaughan had to say:

Harmanpreet and Virat bat for the renaming strategy

Indian skippers Harmanpreet Kaur and Virat Kohli were all game for the renaming policy and said this change will do well in globalising the sport furthermore. Whilst Harmanpreet said the change in name is a natural progression, Kohli exclaimed how excited he is for the “T20 World Cup”.

“This is an exciting tournament that teams get to play. It has brought together the best from around the world over the years and so I think the change in name is a natural progression,” Harmanpreet was quoted as saying by ICC.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to be part of the T20 World Cup in Australia. The pinnacle event for T20 cricket is rightly now the World Cup. India won the first edition of the World T20 in 2007 and it would be a great moment to hold the T20 World Cup trophy aloft in Australia,” said Virat Kohli.

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