Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani hinted a fortnight ago that Pakistan is keen to bid for the ICC events in 2024 to 2031 window. Apart from Pakistan, India, and other 17 countries which include England, South Africa, and Australia are also keen to host the ICC events in their countries.
If reports are to be believed, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand are the other teams who have shown interest in hosting the global events in the upcoming seven years cycle. Apart from the Test-playing nations, even the associates, including the likes of Malaysia, USA, Oman, Namibia, UAE, and Scotland have shown keen interest in staging the marquee events.
On the other hand, the ICC is yet to finalize the host venue for the World Test Championship Final (WTC) for the year 2023 and the ICC Women’s and Under-19 events for the upcoming years. That process and entries will be conducted later at the end of the year.
ICC acting chief executive Geoff Allardice said: “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.”
Apart from deciding on who will host the ICC events in the 2024-2031 cycle, ICC also has to keep in mind bringing a significant amount of economic and social benefits, so that the host country can gain a good amount of profits.
“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.”
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