The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that seven Caribbean nations will serve as host venues for the upcoming T20 World Cup in June 2024. Among the host countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This decision aims to provide cricket enthusiasts with the extraordinary experience of witnessing cricket in the Caribbean, according to ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice.
In a groundbreaking move, the T20 World Cup will also see matches played in the United States, specifically in New York, Florida, and Texas. This marks a significant milestone as it is the first time a major ICC event will be held in the United States.
However, one notable omission from the list of Caribbean host nations is Jamaica, a country with a rich cricket history and Sabina Park ground, an iconic venue in Kingston. Despite having the largest population among the major cricket-playing nations in the Caribbean, Jamaica did not submit a bid to host the tournament. Courtney Francis, the CEO of the Jamaican Cricket Association, explained that Jamaica’s decision was influenced by the government’s determination. The government would have shouldered expenses, including the bid costs and infrastructure repairs, and ultimately decided against participating.
West Indies previously hosted the T20 World Cup in 2010, following their successful hosting of the 50-over World Cup three years earlier. Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies, expressed their readiness to host the event once again, highlighting the region’s extensive experience in hosting ICC events. He emphasized the excitement surrounding this opportunity, which not only promotes the region for tourism and economic development but also gives the West Indies men’s team a home advantage as they aim for a third title.
The upcoming tournament will be historic as it features a record-breaking 20 participating teams.
England, the reigning T20 world champions, clinched their second title by defeating Pakistan in the final held in Melbourne last year.
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