The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to throw its hat in the ring to host upcoming ICC cricket tournaments.
The PCB is interested in hosting tournaments to be held between 2024 and 2031. PCB came to the conclusion to petition the ICC after a virtual meeting of their Board of Governors on the 1st of July 2021.
Details emerging from that meeting indicate that the PCB is interested in the 2024 and 2029 editions of the Champion’s Trophy. PCB wants Pakistan to host those tournaments solo, but it also wants to place joint bids in collaboration with other neighboring Asian countries. In addition, PCB wants to co-host the 2026 and 2028 T20 World Cup and the 2027 and 2031 50-over World Cup.
The PCB said in a statement to Business Standard and other media: “The ICC’s evaluation committee will now examine and evaluate the PCB as well as other members’ expression of interests and revert with their decision, before the second phase of the event hosting process begins in September.” It further added, “The PCB remains hopeful that it will earn hosting rights of, at least, one event, which, in turn, will act as a great boost to Pakistan, which last staged an ICC event in 1996.”
The last ICC event that Pakistan hosted was the 1996 World Cup, which it co-hosted with India and Sri Lanka. ICC has twice cancelled events in Pakistan, citing security concerns. The PCB seeks to reassure the ICC that the security situation has improved and is no cause for concern.
The Champion’s Trophy is scheduled to make a return in 2025 after an eight-year break. It will comprise eight, split into two groups of four. Winners and runner-ups of the group stage proceed to semi-finals, then finals.
The 50 over tournament will see 14 teams battle it out for the title, while the T20 tournament will have 20 teams.
For the T20 World cup, the 20 teams will be in four groups. The winners and runner-ups of these groups will compete in the Super Eight. The winners of the Super Eight stage proceed to the semi-finals and then finals.
The ICC last month released a detailed schedule of world events slated for the next cycle, which includes eight global tournaments. However, it is expected to finalize its decision for the hosts of the Men’s Events in September this year.