Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to submit expression of interest for six ICC Events between 2024 and 2031 after their Board of Governors met on Thursday (July 1).
The board wants to host the Champions Trophy in 2025 and 2029 on their own and are open to hosting the T20 World Cup in 2026 and 2028, and the 50-over World Cup in 2027 and 2031 in collaboration with other Asian countries. ICC, last month, laid out detailed plans for the world events in the next cycle where eight global tournaments will be held. The 50-over World Cup will see 14 teams compete for the title while there will be 20 teams in the T20 World Cup.
“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,” the board said in a statement. “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.”
ICC, last month, laid out detailed plans for the world events in the next cycle where eight global tournaments will be held. The 50-over World Cup will see 14 teams compete for the title while there will be 20 teams in the T20 World Cup.
In the 20-over tournament, the teams will be split into four groups with the top two teams from each group progressing to the next stage – the Super Eight – which will then be followed by the semi-finals and the final. Four T20 World Cups have been scheduled to be held in 2024, 2026, 2028 and in 2030. The Champions Trophy, which will now make a return in 2025 after eight years, will be played in the same format where eight teams get split into two groups of four followed by the semi-finals and final.
The ICC also confirmed that the hosts for the Men’s events will be finalised in September this year. There could be first-time hosts for the Women’s and U19 events as well, according to the governing body.