The T20 World Cup 2024 will be a completely new affair for the teams as ICC has revealed the new format for the tournament which will feature, for the first time, 20 teams in the competition. The tournament will be hosted by the West Indies and the USA.
The ICC, on Monday, unveiled the new format which will see the 20 participating countries getting divided into four groups of five teams each and the first round will be followed by a Super Eight stage.
In the 2021 and 2022 editions, the first round was followed by the Super 12 but in the next tournament, the top two teams from each of the four groups will progress to the Super Eight phase, where they will be further divided into two groups of four each.
Then, the top two sides in each of the two Super Eights groups will make the semi-finals, which will be followed by the final.
The ICC also revealed that 12 teams have already made it into the T20 World Cup 2024 with the hosts West Indies and the USA taking the first two spots.
Then the top eight teams from the Super 12s stage in T20 World Cup 2022- Australia, England, Pakistan, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, make it into the 2024 T20 World Cup as well.
The final eight spots for the 2024 tournament will be decided in regional play, the ICC said in a press release.
"While South Africa claimed 2024 qualification by virtue of their top eight finish, Zimbabwe were unable to capitalize on their strong start to the campaign, finishing last in the Super 12 group to be sent back to regional qualification," the ICC said in the release.
Africa, Asia, and Europe will have two qualification spots, with one spot for both the Americas and East-Asia Pacific regions.