India keen to host two World Cups
USA and Pakistan are among 17 member-countries that have expressed willingness to host eight men’s limited overs ICC tournaments in the 2024-2031 cycle.
Two ODI World Cups, four T20 World Cups and two Champions Trophy tournaments are to take place during this period.
The other countries that have submitted a “preliminary technical proposal” to the ICC are Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, UAE and Zimbabwe.
India have shown interest in hosting the 2031 ODI World Cup, a Champions Trophy and a T20 World Cup during this period.
The ICC said the hosts for the World Test Championship finals, the women’s and under-19 events in the new cycle will be determined by a “separate process” later this year.
The 17 countries will now have to submit a detailed proposal in September and the ICC board will take the final decision in due course.
A lot of factors will be considered while deciding the host country. They range from infrastructure, organisation, experience in hosting global events, the development of the game to sustainability, security, vision for the event as well as commercial considerations.
Pakistan last hosted a global event in 1996 — the ODI World Cup, jointly with India. Security concerns have severely limited international cricket in Pakistan for more than a decade now. The country was originally scheduled to host the Champions Trophy in 2008, but the event was pushed back by a year and moved to South Africa. Following the 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore, Pakistan lost out on being co-hosts for the 2011 ODI World Cup.
The past decade has seen ICC’s ODI World Cups being 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.