With the announcement of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the mega-expansion of world cricket, Uzbekistan decided to promote the game in his country. The ICC in June announced that the Men’s T20 World Cup would feature 20 teams and would be held every two years in the next ICC business cycle from 2023 to 2031. President of the Uzbekistan Cricket Federation , Aziz G. Mihliev, shared photos of the construction of the country’s first cricket stadium.
Uzbekistan begins construction of first official cricket ground
Sharing photos of the stadium construction, Aziz G. Mihliev wrote: “The Uzbekistan Cricket Federation has started the construction of the first official cricket ground near Tashkent, Uzbekistan! See photos here-
According to the official ICC statement, in November 2020, the CEO of the Uzbekistan Cricket Federation (CFU) visited the United Arab Emirates for a series of important meetings. He met with the board of directors of the Asian Cricket Council in Dubai, to discuss the possible membership of Uzbekistan. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) was due to travel to Uzbekistan to inspect its field facilities in Tashkent in early 2021.
Mihliev ended the trip with a visit to the ICC offices, where he met regional development officer Iqbal Sikandar. Mihliev reported on the CFU’s development efforts and Sikander offered advice to help Uzbekistan continue to move towards ICC membership.
ICC’s mega-expansion plans for the T20 World Cup
The Men’s T20 World Cup will consist of 20 teams and will be held every two years in the next ICC business cycle from 2023 to 2031. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup format will consist of four groups of five, both first in each group qualifying for a Super Eights stage, followed by the round of 16 of the semi-finals and a final. While the Champions Trophy will follow the previous editions with two groups of four, semi-finals and final.
(Image credits: @ AMihliev / Twitter)