USA to remain co-host of 2024 T20 WC despite recent turmoil


USA to remain co-host of 2024 T20 WC despite recent turmoil

by Vijay Tagore • Last updated on Sat, Mar 18, 2023

The United States will continue to remain the joint hosts of the 2024 Twenty20 World Cup along with Cricket West Indies (CW). Cricbuzz can confirm that the matches will be spread across the US and the Caribbean islands (across the West Indies) with a formula for the distribution of number of games in each country to be finalised.

A formal clarification on the matter was issued at the Chief Executives Meeting (CEC) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday and a source, who was a member of the CEC, has confirmed this to Cricbuzz. An announcement on the issue could be made after the ICC is done with the on-going series of meetings on Monday.

The CEC clarification, when it was raised by a participant, comes amid speculation of internal turmoil in the USA Cricket and questions being raised over the country’s right to host the global event. There was further clarification from the CEC that by virtue of being the co-host, the United States national team will auto-qualify for the tournament and it will be one of the 20 teams that will compete in it. There will be four groups in a 55-match tournament to be played over 25 days starting in June next year.

There will be four groups in the 55-match tournament to be played over 25 days starting in June next year.

Finance distribution model

Over the next couple of days, the global administrators will formally kick-start discussions around the principles of financial distributions for the next cycle of the ICC events. One may recall that it was one of the contentious points among members and it had led to the much-debated Position Paper and emergence of the Big Three who had argued that the distribution model should be commensurate with the revenue generated from each member country.

The ICC, under the chairmanship of Shashank Manohar, managed to neuter the Big Three — the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) – but the financial distribution principle underwent major overhaul. The Big Three were allotted a major chunk of the revenue but not necessarily to their satisfaction.

India has been a major source of revenue for the ICC with more than 70 per cent of its income coming from the Indian firms. That could go beyond 80-85 per cent this time around after Disney Star’s recent mega bid for the ICC rights of next four years. It was tipped to be around $ 3 billion and there will be renewed focus on the distribution model. A decision will be deferred to another meeting but the ICC members will start discussing it. For the record, Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI, is the chair of the finance and commercial affairs (F&CA) committee of the ICC.

FTP, Post 2027

Meanwhile, there will be discussions on how the Future Tours Programme (FTP) should look post the 2027. There has been a global call for a balance between international cricket and domestic, franchise-based Twenty20 leagues and ICC will start planning for it.

Recently, the World Cricket Committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the authority of the game’s laws, passed a resolution stating that the game has reached an important crossroads, recommending urgent intervention from the game’s leaders (ICC) to ensure international and franchise cricket can thrive together harmoniously. Incidentally, the meeting was held in Dubai, the headquarters of the ICC.

The ICC Board, meanwhile, will get an update from the working group on Afghanistan. The country under the Taliban has not allowed women’s cricket, a requirement for a full member of the ICC, and it had led to calls for sanctions against the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). Although serious action against the ACB is unlikely, the ICC may come out with a statement on Afghanistan.

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