The International Cricket Council (ICC) unveiled the venues for the much-anticipated ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Set to be held in the Caribbean and the United States from June 4 to June 30, 2024, this T20 World Cup promises to be the largest and most exciting edition to date.
In a significant announcement made on Friday, the ICC confirmed the selection of seven picturesque Caribbean venues to host this global cricketing spectacle. The selected venues in the Caribbean are Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and St Vincent & The Grenadines. These stunning locations are sure to provide a stunning backdrop for the thrilling matches and a warm welcome to cricket enthusiasts.
Adding to the excitement, the United States will co-host the tournament for the very first time. The American venues chosen to host matches are Grand Prairie in Dallas, Broward County in Florida, and Nassau County in New York. This marks a significant milestone for cricket in the United States and promises to bring the T20 World Cup closer to fans across North America.
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ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice expressed his delight, stating, “We’re delighted to announce the seven Caribbean venues that will host the biggest ICC Men’s T20 World Cup ever staged, with 20 teams competing for the trophy. They’re all popular venues with players and fans alike that will provide a wonderful backdrop to the event.”
The Caribbean holds a special place in cricketing history, known for its passionate cricket fans and vibrant atmosphere. Allardice also extended his gratitude to Cricket West Indies and the host governments for their unwavering support, saying, “This will be the third ICC senior men’s event hosted by the West Indies, and the matches will again give cricket fans the unique experience of enjoying cricket in the Caribbean.”
Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies, shared his excitement, calling it an “exciting moment” for the region. He highlighted the significance of the event, with 20 teams participating in 55 matches in June next year. Grave expressed gratitude to the host governments for their enthusiasm and commitment to upgrading international cricket venues and practice facilities, emphasizing the legacy of West Indies cricket.
Grave also touched on the unique culture and carnival atmosphere of the Caribbean, promising a “real celebration of the sport” during the tournament.
The selection of co-hosts and venues for the 2024 T20 World Cup was made in November 2021 by the ICC Board after a thorough evaluation of various options. The upcoming tournament will feature a total of 20 teams, with 15 already confirmed.
The remaining five spots will be determined through the Americas, Asia, and Africa Qualifiers in the coming months. Hosts United States and West Indies have automatically qualified. The top eight teams from the 2022 edition of the tournament, including Australia, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, are set to compete.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan secured their places based on their positions in the ICC Men’s T20I Team Ranking at the end of the previous T20 World Cup. Additionally, Ireland, Scotland, and PNG have earned their berths through the Qualifiers.