The Guardian has reported that Disney Star, the official broadcaster, is eyeing an 8-team T20 format for the prestigious tournament, with plans to make the switch for the upcoming editions in 2025 and 2029.

The proposal has stirred speculation and debate, especially with the current battle among teams like England and Sri Lanka for a spot in the ongoing ODI World Cup. If implemented, this shift could reshape the cricketing landscape, impacting team strategies and tournament dynamics.

Disney Star secured broadcast rights for all ICC events from 2024 to 2027 in a staggering USD 3 billion deal for the Indian market. The packed ICC men's calendar between 2024 and 2027 includes two T20 World Cups, two World Test Championship finals, a revamped Champions Trophy, and a 50-over World Cup.

The ODI structure will be hampered 

Critics question the implications of such a move on the existing ODI structure and its role in determining T20 qualifications. Concerns about the potential demise of ODI cricket and the fate of bilateral ODIs loom large. 

As per insider reports, this shift could spell the end for the one-day format, marking a significant transformation in international cricket. The cricketing community awaits official confirmation and further details on this proposed evolution of the ICC Champions Trophy.

The T20 format has been growing in popularity through the years due to games played over a short span of time. Many players are giving up ODI cricket to focus fully on T20s nowadays.