PCB mulling to bid for hosting five major ICC events in 2024-31 cycle

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly mulling to bid for five major ICC events, scheduled to be held between 2024 and 2031.

The seven-year period is slated to hold an ODI and T20 World Cup beside a Champions Trophy.

As per reports, the ICC had asked for the expression of interest from its member cou­n­tries and an independent committee formed by it has been assigned the task to asses the bids.

The committee will submit its report in December 2021 and a final call will be taken by the ICC IN 2022.

Notably, Pakistan had last time hosted an ICC event 1996, the ODI World Cup. The 1996 World cup was jointly hosted with India and Sri Lanka.

Later in 2008, the ICC had shifted the Cham­pions Trophy from Pakistan on security grounds and similar thing happened during the 2011 ODI World Cup.

Currently, the PCB feels that the security situation across the country has improved and as a result, it is now showing interest to hold global ICC events in the 2024-2031 cycle.

As per reports, Pakistan has decided to bid for hosting the Champions Trophy alone, while it would make a joint bid for the 50-over World Cup along with any other Asian countries. The joint bid however, will not include India due to the ongoing tussle between the two nations.

While bidding for the Champions Trophy, the PCB is likely to shortlist four venues — Karachi, Lahore, Rawa­l­pindi and Multan.

In 2020, the ICC had sought expression of interest for its 18 major and minor events. The PCB, in return, showed its willingness however, the ICC has not made any announcement in this regard till now.

News Desk

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