Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - USA likely to get one ICC event in next cycle. USA and West Indies are set to host an even together
USA and West Indies are set to host an even together
Cricket is set for a major lift in the United States as International Cricket Council (ICC) is all set to allot a major global event to the region. If the plans of the world body are any indication, then USA Cricket, the national cricket body in America, will be allotted an ICC event as early as 2024, kick-starting the next global cycle of the world events.
The ICC has previously announced that there will be a T20 WC in 2024 for which, it is learned, that there is a joint bid from USA Cricket and Cricket West Indies (CWI). There is every chance that the 20-team and 55-match tournament will be awarded to the US and the Caribbean boards.
There are multiple reasons for ICC's interest towards the US. The global cricket community has been targeting the American market for quite some time. And more significant are the ICC's Olympic ambitions which may become reality at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. Given the Olympic hopes, allotting the 2024 championship may make sense.
Besides, Cricbuzz also learns from potential broadcasters of the world who have been hinted by the ICC that the 2024 T20 WC could go to the US and West Indies. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may get the last event of the cycle, the 2031 50-over World Cup, as it would be hosting the 2023 edition. The BCCI may also get one more global championship, if not two more.
The decision is expected over the next one week, when a series of in-person meetings are scheduled in Dubai, the headquarters of the ICC, starting with the Chief Executive Committee (CEC) meet on Thursday (November 11) and culminating with the Board meeting on November 16. During these meetings, the ICC may finally decide on the hosts of next cycle, a decision which is thought to be behind schedule given the fact that the ICC wants to go to the market with its media rights package in December.
As previously reported by Cricbuzz, the ICC Board had approved the process for determining the hosts for all Men's, Women's and U19 events in the next cycle. ICC had stated in June that the hosts for the Men's events will be decided in September following a selection process.
ICC sources have confirmed that a competitive hosting process has been underway for the last few months with a sub-committee under the leadership of Martin Sneddon, the chief of New Zealand Cricket. The committee also includes BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and CWI chief Ricky Skerritt. Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani was also part of it.
It can also be confirmed that the Board-appointed sub-committee, with assistance from the ICC management, has made the recommendations after evaluating the bids of each board. The recommendations have been forwarded to the ICC Board, which should make a decision soon, if not on November 16 itself.
There are eight events – one in every year – in the next cycle. Apart from India, US-West Indies, England, Australia and New Zealand will be big contenders. A significant point of note will be whether the ICC will consider Pakistan, which is believed to have made a major pitch to host the global events, individually as well as jointly with other boards.