The International Cricket Council said Thursday it will kill off the Champions Trophy tournament and replace it with a world T20 Championship that will be held every two years.
The death-knell for the 50-over Champions Trophy is the latest stage of efforts to use 20 over cricket in a new campaign to get wider recognition and a potential Olympic place.
"The T20 format we always knew was the vehicle for growing the game and transforming the game from being a sport played by a few countries to a truly global sport," ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said after the world body met in Kolkata.
In a further boost to the T20 game, the ICC has also decided to give "international status" to all 20 over matches between the world body's 100-plus member nations.
FINAL STRUCTURE OF FTP (19-23)
ICC Cricket World Cup: 2019, 2023
ICC World T20: 2020, 2021
ICC World Test C'ship Final: 2021, 2023
World Test Championship
Cycle 1: 2019-2021
Cycle 2: 2021-2023
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualification League: 2020-2022
All bilateral Tests, ODIs and T20Is outside of the above competitions.