The 2024 T20 World Cup could be hosted in the USA as the International Cricket Council (ICC) eyes cricket’s inclusion at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
The ICC has already announced that there will be a Twenty20 World Cup in 2024, for which that there is a joint bid from USA Cricket and Cricket West Indies (CWI), as reported by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
There is a strong belief that the ICC may choose the USA, and the Caribbean, as a venue for the 2024 event, which will see 20 teams participating in a 55-match tournament, to strengthen their claim for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 LA Olympics.
Sources in the know of developments have told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald “that a decision on venues for ICC events in the next cycle was imminent, and that an ‘outward, global focus’ would mean they were more widely distributed than in the recent past.”
India’s Olympic Committee discuss hosting the 2036 Olympics
The ICC is positive about cricket being included in the 2028 LA Olympics and in 2032 as well, scheduled for Brisbane.
The report in SMH added that India’s Olympic Committee has also “indicated that it is beginning to discuss the possibility of launching a bid to host the 2036 Games”.
Should cricket be added in the three Olympics events – most likely in the T20 format for both men and women –, it would go a long way towards ensuring the sport’s long-term place in the world.
A provisional list of events for Los Angeles is expected to be announced in February at the next set of International Olympic Committee meetings in Beijing. The final list of included sports will be settled in 2023.
It has also been reported that the ICC had extended an invitation to an IOC delegation to visit Dubai for the World Cup.
Also, the BCCI may get the last event of the next cycle, which would be the 2031 50-over World Cup. India are set to host the 2023 ODI World Cup. There are eight ICC events – one every year – in the next cycle.
The final of the 2021 T20 World Cup is slated for Sunday, between Australia and New Zealand.