Dubai: Pakistan will host an International Cricket Council (ICC) event after more than two decades, the cricket’s governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Tuesday.
Pakistan last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka, but the country has been largely starved of international cricket since the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.
The development came as the ICC confirmed the 14 host countries of ICC men’s white-ball events from 2024-2031.
Eleven full members and three associate members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups, and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events.
The USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event for the first time. Meanwhile, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe have previously staged major events and will do so again over the next decade.
The hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt.
The ICC board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management.
A similar process to identify the hosts for ICC Women’s and U19s events for the next cycle will be undertaken early next year.
The hosts and years
Hosts of T20 World Cup
United States and West Indies — 2024
India and Sri Lanka — 2026
Australia and New Zealand — 2028
England, Ireland, Scotland — 2030
Hosts of Champions Trophy
Pakistan — 2025
India — 2029
Hosts of 50-over World Cup
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia — 2027
India and Bangladesh — 2031