Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam (India vs Pakistan 2023)
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Last Update on: September 11th, 2023 at 04:12 pm

Broadcasters are concerned about their investments in the upcoming media rights cycle as the International Cricket Council (ICC) mishandles the planning of the 2024 T20 World Cup. The ICC’s decision to host the World Cup in the USA could potentially pose a significant threat to their revenue source.

The 2024 T20 World Cup will be jointly hosted by the West Indies and the United States of America (USA). The two boards were awarded the hosting rights with a commitment to having the necessary infrastructure for the tournament. The tournament will take place in the USA and Caribbean islands.

ICC Considering To Host India-Pakistan Clash In New York

According to the News 18 report, the ICC is considering hosting the 17 matches of the T20 World Cup in the USA, including the high-profile India-Pakistan match in New York. However, the global governing body’s decision is encountering numerous challenges and seems impractical.

With only nine months remaining, the ICC hasn’t yet finalized the venues due to the lack of cricket facilities. The concept of attempting to create a modular venue for the New York match highlights concerns about feasibility and prompts questions about the ICC’s approach to organization.

The ICC’s search for a venue for the India-Pakistan match in New York City initially included plans to build a 34,000-seat modular venue in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx. However, objections from local Bronx groups have rendered this plan unfeasible, and it is no longer an option for the ICC.

“The Van Cortlandt Park plan is running into a lot of troubles and it wouldn’t make any sense to risk that big a match at a makeshift venue. A venue team is already inspecting more open fields in the area but nothing is certain yet as far as the venue in New York is concerned,” says an ICC official.

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The Guardian’s report – ‘They’re big, bad bullies’: New York’s bitter fight over a 34,000-seat cricket stadium – on September 1 highlighted the various challenges in store for the ICC and why the modular venue plan in Van Cortlandt Park is “unrealistic and unprecedented”.

Adrian Benepe, former New York City parks commissioner, termed the stadium proposal for the World Cup in a public park as unrealistic and unprecedented. He highlighted the need to pay rental fees of up to $2 million for one-night concerts in places like Central Park, despite them being free to the public.

According to CricketNext, when asked about the venue status in the USA from the ICC, they received an ambiguous response that stated, “We’ll be announcing the West Indies and USA venues in the next month or so.”

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