A new and expanded global qualification system will be established to give the ICC Associate and Affiliate Members a distinct pathway towards the finals of the World Twenty20.

The qualification tournament, which has previously involved six or eight teams, will be expanded to a 16-team tournament in early 2012 to give those sides the chance to represent their countries at the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 finals in Sri Lanka.

Meeting in Jakarta, the ICC Development Committee has designed the new-look tournament to comprise the six countries which currently enjoy ODI status, together with 10 qualifiers from regional Twenty20 events.

The exact details of the regional qualification network will be announced in due course but the intention is to give all 94 Associate and Affiliate Members a clear pathway of opportunity towards the finals of what will thus become a truly global tournament.