ICC Events: PCB wants to host 6 big ICC events in next cycle, submits ‘expression of interest’ – The Pakistan Cricket Board has planned to bid for 6 major ICC events for the next cycle (2024-2031) which includes ODI, T20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) informed the Board of Governors (BoG) on Wednesday that the governing body has submitted an expression of interest for six ICC Events in the 2024-31 cycle. The Board of Governors (BoG) of the PCB met through a virtual conference call on Wednesday. This was their 63rd meeting overall and the third one held this year.
“The BoG was informed that the PCB has submitted expression of interest for six ICC Events in the 2024-31 cycle. Of these six events, the PCB is keen to host the three-venue ICC Champions Trophy 2025 and 2029 on its own,” read a statement from PCB.
“While it has offered to host the remaining four events — two eight-venue ICC T2O World Cups 2026 and 2028, as well as the two 10-venue ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups 2027 and 2031 — in partnership with other Asian countries,” it added.
ICC Events: PCB wants to host 6 big ICC events in next cycle, submits ‘expression of interest’
According to PCB, 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.
PCB said it 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.
In the meeting the BoG was briefed on the engagement of Restrata and ESI, which will support the PCB in setting up bio-secure protocols and conduct security assessments, respectively during the 2021-22 season.
Between September 2021 and March 2022, New Zealand, England, West Indies and Australia will tour Pakistan. The services of two leading companies will also be available for PSL 7.
As per a report from Dawn, ICC has asked for an expression of interest from member countries. An independent committee formed by the game’s global governing body will access the bid in December this year to give its report for a final decision next year.
ICC World Cup: 2027, 2031
T20 World Cup: 2026, 2028
ICC Champions Trophy: 2025, 2029
Pakistan had last hosted an ICC event in the 1996 World Cup along with India and Sri Lanka. However, the global body had pulled out the Champions Trophy and 2011 WC from Pakistan on security grounds. The country failed to host any world events in the 2015-2023 cycle but Pakistan is now showing interest to resume international cricket in the sub-continent as it believes the security situation has improved.
ICC Events: PCB’s big claim, want to host 6 big ICC events in next cycle-
The report added that Pakistan will bid to host the Champions Trophy while it will make a joint bid with Asian countries except India to co-host World Cups. The PCB thinks that it can host the ICC Champions Trophy at four available venues- Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan.
The only thing that can hinder Pakistan’s efforts to host international events is India’s strong influence on ICC affairs and Asia’s cricketing countries. The political differences between the two countries also have had a negative impact on international cricket. It is not easy for the ICC to confirm India’s participation in any events.
The PCB is also preparing FTP programs from 2024-27 without considering India due to the above reason.
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