The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced host nations for the upcoming one-day international (ODI) World Cups, Twenty20 World Cups and Champions Trophy tournaments from 2024 to 2031.
Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe have all been named as hosts; while the United States and Namibia are set to stage an ICC event for the first time.
Pakistan will stage an ICC event for the first time since it co-hosted the 1996 ODI World Cup along with India and Sri Lanka.
“To have 14 members hosting eight events is a reflection of the truly global nature of our sport and I’d like to thank every member that submitted a bid and offer our congratulations to the successful bidders,” ICC Chair Greg Barclay said in a statement.
“It’s fantastic to be returning to so many previous hosts, but what is really exciting about this process is the countries who will stage ICC events for the first time including the USA which is a strategic growth market for us.
“This gives us the opportunity to deepen our connection with fans in traditional cricket nations and also reach new fans around the world.”
The ICC added that a similar process would be in place next year to identify hosts for women’s and Under-19s events for the next cycle.
Hosting the Champions Trophy will come as a huge boost for defending champions Pakistan, after New Zealand and England cancelled tours in September citing security concerns.
Australia, however, announced that they would tour Pakistan next year for the first time since 1998.
International teams have largely refused to tour Pakistan since an attack by Islamist militants on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians.
“I am pleased no end with the ICC’s decision to select Pakistan as a host nation for one of their elite tournaments,” PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said.
“By allocating a major global event to Pakistan, the ICC has expressed complete confidence and faith in our management and operational capabilities and skills.” – SuperSport
T20 World Cup
2024: US and West Indies
2026: India and Sri Lanka
2028: Australia and New Zealand
2030: England, Ireland and Scotland
ODI World Cup
2027: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia
2031: India and Bangladesh