The change in name to the T20 World Cup will give players who often call time on their careers after a 50-over World Cup another shot at glory, says Faf du Plessis. Photo: Jason O’Brien/EPA

DUBAI – The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced that it has renamed the ICC World T20 as the ICC T20 World Cup.

This means next editions of the events in 2020 in Australia will be known as the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.

The decision to rename the event was backed by international captains, while South Africa’s Faf du Plessis hinted that the event in the last quarter of 2020 in Australia will be his final ICC event.

“Playing in any World Cup always holds higher stature to the fans and cricketers aiming to be selected, so this change will definitely get more people interested in the respective men and women’s World Cups,” said Du Plessis.

“The 50-over World Cup is the pinnacle event that all players strive towards, but I think the T20 World Cup will be the perfect platform for players to put up their hands for the 50-over format.

“Every player dreams of playing in a World Cup in their career, and this will give them that extra opportunity.

“Personally for me, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2020 will probably be my last ICC event after the World Cup in 2019, so it does give me one last opportunity to vie for a World Cup medal if it doesn’t happen in 2019.

“It will give players who often call time on their careers after a 50-over World Cup another shot at glory.

“Every format has an important part to play in the growth and sustainability of world cricket.

“The Test Championship is going to revolutionalise the way that bilateral series are contested and will give relevance and stature to every Test series, this is going to help keep this format relevant and entertaining.”

African News Agency (ANA)