India keen to host two World Cups

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India and Australia are among the 17 countries who have expressed interest in hosting white ball events during the next eight-year tournament cycle from 2024-2031. There will be eight men’s ODI and T20 events, comprising two men’s ODI World Cups, four men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Champions Trophies during 2024-2031 cycle.

BCCI took the decision during its last Emergent Apex Council meeting where it would offer for one Champions Trophy, a T20 World Cup, and a 50-over World Cup.

Bangladesh, Ireland, Australia, Malaysia, Oman, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, Zimbabwe, West Indies, and Namibia were the initial entrants. Also, these are the countries that have introduced their ‘key specific suggestion’ to the ICC (International Cricket Council).

India have shown interest in hosting the 2031 ODI World Cup, a Champions Trophy, and a T20 World Cup during this period. Later in the year, the ICC said the hosts for the World Test Championship finals, the women’s and under-19 events will be determined by a “separate process”.

Following the expansion to its event programme in the next cycle, the ICC has started the process to identify the hosts for men’s white-ball events to be held post 2023.  Some of the key factors that will be considered while deciding upon the host country includes security, infrastructure and experience in hosting world class events.

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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.”

“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.”

The ICC recently said that the Champions Trophy, which has not been held after 2017 in England, will be revived during the accompanying FTP cycle.  In the past decade ODI World Cups were hosted by the Big Three boards. The last three 50-over World Cups have taken place in India (co-hosted with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011), Australia (co-hosted with New Zealand in 2015) and England (2019). India are set to host the 2023 event as well.