Pakistan among 17 candidates to host ICC events in 2024-2031 cycle

Seventeen member nations have put them selves forward as likely hosts for eight men’s white-ball ICC functions – two ODI Earth Cups, four T20 Earth Cups and two Champions Trophies – to be held from 2024 to 2031. Primarily notable amongst the candidates is Pakistan, which has not hosted an ICC function given that the closing of the 1996 Earth Cup.

Security considerations have severely constrained the amount of international cricket played in Pakistan for much more than a decade now. The country was at first scheduled to host the Champions Trophy in 2008, prior to the function was pushed back by a calendar year and moved to South Africa. Then, Pakistan only sporadically staged any international cricket for a decade subsequent the 2009 attacks on Sri Lanka’s group bus in Lahore, and in the course of that interval misplaced out on currently being co-hosts of the 2011 ODI Earth Cup.

Ten other Full Member nations – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Zimbabwe – have submitted preliminary specialized proposals (personal or joint), as have 6 Associate nations – Malaysia, Namibia, Oman, Scotland, the UAE and the Usa.

A separate system to identify the hosts of the Earth Test Championship finals as properly as Women’s and Less than-19 functions in the course of this cycle will start later on this calendar year.

“We are delighted with the response from our Customers to web hosting ICC men’s white-ball functions publish 2023,” Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s performing main government, mentioned. “This system offers us an prospect to increase our vary of hosts and develop interest in cricket globally achieving much more fans whilst producing a long-phrase legacy for the activity.

“Cricket has much more than a billion fans all around the environment and ICC functions have a tested track document of bringing significant economic and social benefits for host counties. These functions present hosts with a wonderful prospect to get the job done closely with neighborhood communities to develop the activity whilst supporting economic and social enhancement community plan ambitions.

“We will now go forward to the next section of the system where Customers will present a much more detailed proposal prior to the ICC Board takes selections on our foreseeable future hosts later on this calendar year.”

Over the last decade or so, the ICC’s men’s white-ball functions have largely been hosted by the so-termed Huge Three boards. The last three fifty-more than Earth Cups have taken put in India (co-hosted with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011), Australia (co-hosted with New Zealand in 2015) and England (2019), with India established to host the 2023 function as properly. India were due to host this year’s T20 Earth Cup prior to it was shifted to the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic, when Australia are established to host the subsequent T20 Earth Cup in 2022.

It is not yet apparent how the subsequent cycle of functions will be distributed. Before this calendar year, the ICC produced a U-turn with regards to the system to decide hosts for world functions, returning to a system whereby hosts will be picked by the ICC board instead than identified by way of open up bidding.