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International Cricket Council had recently announced the classification of all T20 matches between International countries with T20I status, effective 01st Jul 2018 for Women’s matches (exception of ACC Women’s Asia Cup, which also got the status classification for all the matches played by Malaysia and Thailand in their annual conference) and from 01st Jan 2019 for Men’s matches.

However, for record’s purpose, all T20 matches currently played by all non-Full members under ICC until 31st Dec 2018 will be classified as “Other T20” in the record books. So, while Kenya achieved the highest ever T20 team score against Rwanda in the ongoing ICC World T20 Africa “B” qualifiers, it will not be recorded as an official T20I match but will be recorded as the highest total in an ICC sanctioned T20 match.

For the purpose of general readers and viewers, here is the classification for T20 matches by ICC, effective from Mar 2018.

Twenty 20 International Matches (with #T20I status):

  1. Are matches played in accordance with the ICC Standard Twenty 20 International Playing Conditions and other ICC regulations pertaining to Twenty 20 Matches
  2. Are between:
    a) Any teams participating in and as part of the ICC World Twenty 20/Qualifiers
    b) Full Member Teams or A Full Member Team and any of the Associate Member
    teams whose matches have been granted ODI status (Netherlands, Nepal, UAE & Scotland) following the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in 2018
    c) A Full Member team/Associate member with ODI status with Hong Kong & Oman in matches played prior to the end of the World T20 Qualifiers in 2019.
    d) Any other matches between a Full Member and a World XI, where in ICC decides to award T20I status
    e) Matches between any of the Associate Member teams whose matches have been granted ODI status (Netherlands, Nepal, UAE & Scotland)

Any Matches involving an ‘A’ team or age-group team shall not be classified as Twenty 20 international matches. Performances in Twenty 20 International matches that are abandoned (after the toss) for any reason are still recorded in official records as T20I records.

List A Twenty 20 Matches:

Any Twenty 20 International match with a limit of 20 overs per side played at least at State, County or Provincial level, or franchise based teams/competitions in a Full Member country or official matches of a touring Test team against at least State, County or Provincial level teams and accorded the status of List A Twenty 20 Match by the
relevant Governing Bodies.

Rules for List A Twenty 20 matches:

a) The status of all matches in an official ICC competition shall be decided by ICC. For matches outside of official ICC competitions, Full Members of the ICC shall decide the status of matches of one day’s duration played in their countries or in tournaments under their jurisdiction.
b) In matches of one day’s duration played in countries which are not Full Members of ICC:
1) If only one team comes from a Full Member country or both teams come from the same Full Member country then that country shall decide the status; otherwise
2) If both teams come from different Full Member countries then the status shall be decided by agreement between those countries if possible; otherwise ICC shall decide.

Performances in List A Twenty 20 matches that are abandoned (after the toss) for any reason are still recorded in official records.

Twenty 20 matches played in Associate member countries:

Any Twenty 20 matches played at State, County or Provincial level, or franchise based teams/competitions in Associate member countries without First Class (List A) status awarded for domestic tournament/matches will not be classified for official records purposes.

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