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Cricket news - Proper balance paramount in scheduling ICC events - Cricket Australia CEO

The ICC has proposed a Champions Trophy-like tournament to be included in the next eight-year cycle.

The recently-approved ICC proposal to include an extra tournament in the next rights cycle could place extra pressure on an already-squeezed international schedule, feels Kevin Roberts, Chief Executive of Cricket Australia.

"The ICC schedule of tournaments is certainly something that is absolutely up for discussion at the moment and will continue in the months ahead," Roberts said on Thursday (October 24). There's a sense that fans really value World Cups and international events in general, and in this last cycle on the men's side I think we've had six world events in the eight years whereas the previous cycle we had one event per year with the Champions Trophy as part of that."

Speaking to SEN Radio regarding the challenges of international schedule, Roberts highlighted the need to 'maintain a healthy balance of World Cups along with international cricket that occurs between World Cups and the space for great domestic leagues like the BBL and the IPL to thrive into the future.'

"What we're really keen to work on with the ICC and what we will be working on with the ICC and other ICC members is what parts of the annual calendar might the ICC events occupy in future, how many days of the calendar does that represent and how do we ensure the bilateral international cricket between ourselves and other nations is really embraced and respected in the process," he said.

The recent ICC proposal to include a Champions Trophy-like tournament in the next eight-year cycle which would have two fifty-over World Cups and four T20 WCs could also have an impact on the Test Championship, feels the Cricket Australia CEO.

"It all comes down to where everything fits across the 52 weeks of the year, it'd be fantastic if you could help us create a 56-week year, but I'm not sure that we can do that. So there's no aversion to another tournament but absolutely we've got to take care to make sure the pieces of the puzzle fit together as best they can," he noted.

"I think everyone's excited about the extent to which World Cups are really resonating with cricket fans and then the opportunity to keep improving the experience of those for fans and for players," Roberts further added. "Because playing in World Cups in sports like cricket is something that's really difficult for a lot of athletes to do in other codes and it's a real competitive advantage for us in cricket that we want to capitalise on."

Hinting at a possible solution whilst expressing his concerns, Roberts mentioned that 'we're (the boards) supportive of the principle and we all know we've got a lot of work ahead of us on this calendar from 2023 to 2031. Broadly speaking the discussion and debate is around the opportunity to move from six events in a cycle back to eight events in a cycle which we used to have, and then the big question around all of that is if international cricket goes that way, then what will those tournaments look like, and that's the piece that remains unresolved."

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