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ICC could scrap Champions Trophy to stage more T20 World Cups in future

LONDON: The Champions Trophy could be scrapped in favour of staging the World Twenty20 every two years, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win this year's edition of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, with a worldwide television audience of millions watching the stunning final. But some officials believe the eight-team event is now too similar to the World Cup which the ICC, controversially, has decided should be contested…

Infantino says 32, 40 and 48-team World Cups on the table

ZURICH: FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that proposals for a 32, 40 or 48-team World Cup in 2026 were still on the table and that a larger tournament would not mean a drop in quality. He also stood by his own idea, first mooted last week, for a 48-team tournament, starting with a playoff round featuring 32 teams in which the 16 losers would go straight home after a single game. A document presented to the FIFA Council, and seen by Reuters, offered 10 different possible formats, for varying numbers of…