11th February, 2020
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday released data related to the 2019 Associate Members indicating that the number of cricket matches worldwide has increased.
The ICC said that the ICC Board's decision to grant international status to all T20 matches played in 2018 between member countries and the introduction of global rankings in this format has had a major impact on the game.
According to the ICC statement, there was a 110 percent increase in female bilateral T20 matches among Associate members in 2019 compared to 2018. The men's T20 matches grew by 34 percent with 71 of 92 associate members playing in the shortest format.
According to the release, 49 men's teams played their first T20 International match while 29 women teams made their debut in this format. In 2019, 23 global, regional and sub-regional tournaments were organized in 2019 with an investment of more than 50 million dollars from the ICC in which 40 members participated and this helped in the progress of the game.
Due to these tournaments, three associate members will play their first ICC World Cup in 2020, while Japan and Nigeria participated in the recently concluded Under-19 World Cup. Thailand, which created history, will take part in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia this month.
Apart from this, the teams of 11 associate members who have qualified for various World Cups in 2020 are from 10 different countries, which has shown that the competition in the sport has increased.
Apart from this, players from 99 associate countries have made a place in the T20 international rankings. In the December 2019 rankings, 25 men and 23 women batsmen were in the top 100 while 30 men and 21 women bowlers were included.
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