Following the expansion of the ICC events’ program for the next cycle, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has started the process to determine the next host for the men’s global limited-overs events after 2023. The ICC members have already invited proposals from countries interested to stage the global competitions. India and Australia are amongst the applicants.
The 2024-2031 cycle will see eight men’s ODI and T20I events conducted, consisting of two Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two Champions Trophy competitions. The likes of Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, UAE, USA and Zimbabwe have expressed their interest.
ICC’s Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice revealed his delight at the response received from the nations to stage to host the global white-ball events after 2023. Allardice believes that the process of selecting the hosts allows them to expand their range, making the sport more penetrative, thereby creating a long-term legacy for cricket.
“We are delighted with the response from our Members to hosting ICC men’s white-ball events post 2023. This process gives us an opportunity to extend our range of hosts and grow interest in cricket worldwide reaching more fans whilst creating a long-term legacy for the sport,” Allardice said as quoted by Times Now.
ICC events have a proven track record of bringing significant economic and social benefits for host counties: Geoff Allardice
Geoff Allardice underlined that cricket has millions of fans and the global events allows to deliver economic and social benefits for the host countries. He looks forward to the second phase of the process where the countries elaborate more on the proposal and decides on who to award the respective tournaments.
“Cricket has more than a billion fans around the world and ICC events have a proven track record of bringing significant economic and social benefits for host counties. These events provide hosts with a wonderful opportunity to work closely with local communities to grow the game whilst supporting economic and social development public policy goals. We will now move forward to the second phase of the process where Members will provide a more detailed proposal before the ICC Board takes decisions on our future hosts later this year,” he added.