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As part of the ICC's efforts to grow the game internationally, the T20 World Cup could be expanded to include 20 teams.
Although the 2021 tournament, which is currently scheduled to be held in India, will still feature 16 teams, according to ESPNcricinfo that the number of teams will be increased for the 2024 edition.
The ICC has long seen the T20 format as a vehicle for the game's expansion and there has been previous talk of such an expansion. The ICC have already confirmed their plans to increase the number of teams in their women's competitions.
However, the move continues the ICC's recent trend of being more inclusive across formats. This is also likely to include a rise in the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup (from 10 to 14), a more optimistic attitude toward Olympic participation, and talk of the Intercontinental Cup returning (albeit with a different name).
It is, perhaps, the move to increasing the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup which provides the most revealing insight into the changing mood of the ICC. In recent years, the ICC cut the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup (from 16 in 2007, to 14 in 2011 and 2015 and 10 in 2019) arguing that broadcasters preferred the streamlined format with the probability of fewer one-sided games.
However, there is an increasing recognition of the need to strike a balance between long-term global growth and the monetary benefit of short-term broadcast deals. It's also worth noting that since the 'Big Three"s powers were curtailed in 2017, other countries' influence has increased.