PCB to submit “expression of Interest” for hosting rights of Six ICC Events

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PCB has decided to submit an expression of interest for six mega ICC Events between the period of 2024 & 2034. The decision was taken after PCB’s Board of Governors meet virtually on Thursday, July 1.

The board wants to host the Champions Trophy in 2025 and 2029, single-handedly on their own. PCB is also interested in 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. Last month, the ICC has already released detailed plans for the World events in the next cycle where eight competitions will be held. The ODO world Cup will have 14 teams to compete for the Title while 20 teams will be competing for the title 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”, added PCB

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In the T20 World Cup, the teams will be split into four groups with the top two teams from each group advancing to the next stage i.e. the Super Eight which will then be followed by the semi-finals & finals. The ICC has scheduled four T20 World Cups to be held in the year 2024, 2026, 2028, and in 2030. The Champions trophy which is set to return in 2025 after eight long years will also be played in the same format where eight teams will be split into two groups of four teams followed by the semi-finals & final.

The ICC further confirmed that the hosts of the Men’s Event will be finalized by the month of September later this year. There could be first-time hosts for the Women’s & U-19 events as well, according to the governing board.

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