Malaysia has expressed its strong desire to stage an ICC T20 World Cup during the 2023-31 cycle. So far, Kenya is the only associate nation to have hosted a significant ICC tournament. In 2000, the African country became a host to the knockout trophy during which New Zealand beat India in the final by four wickets.
As per the present circle, only India, Australia, and England have played hosts to any global cricketing competitions. While they are the ‘big three’ of cricket, we could witness a change of guard. The United States of America (USA) and the West Indies have emerged as strong contenders to host the same in 2026 or 2030. The latest event held in 2019, the 50-over World Cup was hosted by England.
Mahinda Vallipuram, the President of the Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA), stated that the fan base of the sport is growing by leaps and bounds day by day. With the quality of cricket enhancing as well, it would only be for the better if it’s penetrated more and more beyond traditional countries.
“Where world cricket is today, the fan base is increasing all the time. It’s a natural step to consider taking the sport to the Associates to further grow the game. It’s about impacting the game beyond 2031. The quality of the game has improved and will further do so by promoting it beyond the traditional countries,” Mahinda stated as quoted by News18.
I think Malaysia will benefit from this exposure: Mahinda Vallipuram
The President went on to say that Malaysian cricket must put themselves forward to host a significant cricketing event while admitting that it is beyond their control. Vallipuram also proposed the idea of Thailand and Singapore co-hosting a T20 World Cup.
“I think it is crucial that Malaysian cricket goes ahead and puts a bid. Let’s be realistic, I don’t think it’s in our control. Malaysia is ready to put a bid and be considered in the cycle. I think the country and region will benefit from this exposure,” he added.