The ICC has chosen to arrange at least one world event in the next eight-year cycle starting from 2024 in Men’s Cricket. The events include two 50-over Men’s World Cup, four T20 Men’s World Cup, and two Champions Trophies. As many as 17 countries have submitted individual or joint proposals hosting events in the next cycle.
India is not sluggish either, and according to the resolution made in the last meeting, the BCCI has also submitted a proposal to host the 2031 ODI World Cup, a Champions Trophy, and a T20 World Cup. The other countries to express their enthusiasm for hosting ICC events are Australia, Bangladesh, England, USA, Pakistan, Ireland, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, UAE, and Zimbabwe.
India is also set to play hosts for the 2023 ODI World Cup. India will be the sole host of the Cricket World Cup for the first time in its history. The previous 1996 and 2011 world cups being shared with the rest of the subcontinent.
Meanwhile, ICC is delighted with the response they have received over the hosting rights for the Men’s white-ball events.
“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 countries. These events provide hosts with a fantastic opportunity to work closely with local communities to grow the game while supporting economic and social development public policy goals,” said the ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice.
The findings of an economic impact and benefits analysis of the 2015 ICC World Cup, carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers show that the event generated more than $AU 1.1 billion in direct spending and created the equivalent of 8,320 full-time jobs. The tournament providing a massive boost to tourism. The tournament was watched by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide and a significant contributor to the local economies.
The 17 countries will now have to submit a detailed proposal in September, and then the cricketing body will decide on the hosting rights of the future events. It will be intriguing to see if India succeeds in securing hosting duties for all three desired events they have displayed interest in.