Cricket Business : After PCB, SriLanka Cricket officially declares interest to host ICC events

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After the declaration of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has come in open to declare that they have submitted expression of interest to host two global flagship tournaments of the International Cricket Council (ICC) between the years 2023-31. 

Yes, we have shown interest for two events which we cannot disclose at this stage because of the confidentiality,” Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva told the Daily News.

The ICC invited expression of interest (EOI’S) from its members for events in the 2023-31 cycle in the month of February and according to SLC CEO they have submitted EOI’S for two of the man events. 

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“Once you show the expression of interest it’s a matter of them calling for bids. Nobody will know who has shown interest. We don’t know what other countries that have shown interest. Likewise the other countries will not know what we have shown interest. It’s only the ICC who does it very discreetly,” he said. However De Silva disclosed that Sri Lanka “is going for the main ones in the men’s events”.

The three main men’s events that the ICC hosts are the Cricket ODI World Cup, the World T20 and the Champions Trophy, and quite recently the World Test Championship. This is besides the Under 19 World Cup and the Women’s World Cup and the Women’s World T20 tournaments. Sri Lanka has not hosted an ICC event since the ICC World T20 in 2012.

In the past Sri Lanka has hosted two Cricket World Cups jointly with India and Pakistan in 1996 and jointly with India and Bangladesh in 2011. They have also hosted the World T20 men’s and women’s tournament in 2012, the Champions Trophy in 2002 and the under 19 World Cup in 2000 and 2006.

In response to the ‘expression of interest’ communication sent out to all members’ boards, including the associate nations, the ICC had lukewarm response from some of the big cricket nations as India, England, Australia the big 3 decided to stay away till the time bilateral FTP’S for the same period does not get finalized. 

According to some of the reliable sources, the other contentious is addition of some of the events. 

“The proposed rights are contentious as the ICC plans to schedule one world event every year from 2023 to 2031. At the heart of the dispute is the introduction of two additional world events – a 10-nation T20 Champions Cup in 2024 and 2028.” “The BCCI stated that increasing ICC events will have wide-ranging repercussions on bilateral cricket and therefore all aspects need to be discussed and analyzed threadbare.”

Apart from the eight main men’s events, ICC is also seeking bidders for the same number of women’s events, the World Test Championship finals every alternate year as well as U-19 World Cups to be staged every two years. 

Reuters reported: “ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney toured several member countries encouraging bids following the governing body’s decision to select hosts of future events through a bidding process.

Meanwhile the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier is scheduled to be played from 3-19 July in Sri Lanka. This is subject to review due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 10 teams vying for the three remaining places in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 will be the hosts, Sri Lanka, along with Pakistan and West Indies from the ICC Women’s Championship, the two other teams with ODI status, Bangladesh and Ireland, and the winners of the five regional qualifiers – Thailand (Asia), Zimbabwe (Africa), Papua New Guinea (East Asia Pacific), United States of America (Americas) and Netherlands (Europe).