The Sri Lanka Cricket Board is looking to bid for the three ICC events in the FTP calendar between 2024-2031. The ICC earlier released the list of events that will be played in the meantime. The Lankan board further said that it is targeting to host two World Cup events among the three they are looking to host. The last ICC event held in the Lankan nation was the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup.
According to the 2024-2031 FTP, which was released by the ICC earlier, the T20 World Cup will be held every two years, while the 50-over event will be a 14-team affair from the 2027 edition. The number of teams for T20 World Cup has been increased from 16 to 20. Champions Trophy will be played between the top 8 teams while the ICC World Test Championship Finals will be hosted in 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031.
Sri Lanka Cricket Interested In Hosting ICC Events In Next FTP Cycle
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket has come up with a statement expressing its desire to host bids for the ICC T20 World Cup, Men’s Cricket World Cup, and the Champions Trophy. The ICC also said that the ICC Champions Trophy which was last played in 2017 will also be a part of the schedule.
“Sri Lanka Cricket decided to bid for 3 Major ICC Men’s events to be held during the period of 2024 to 2031. Accordingly, bids will be submitted for the ICC T20 World Cup, Men’s Cricket World Cup, and the Champions Trophy. Sri Lanka Cricket, in certain events, will make a ‘joint bid’ in collaboration with an ICC Member country or countries,” said SLC’s statement.
The next ICC event scheduled to happen is the T20 World Cup. It is expected to be played in the UAE between September-October later this year. It was to be played in India but the rising COVID cases has made the ICC think of an alternate venue.
The ICC also explained the bidding process in a recent statement. “The ICC Board approved the process for determining the hosts for all Men’s, Women’s and U19 events in the next cycle. The hosts for the Men’s events will be decided in September following a selection process that will get underway this month.”