The 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in the Caribbean and the United States from June 4 to 30, according to C2DCricketinfo.
An ICC delegation is said to have assessed some selected sites in the United States this week, which will host an international global cricket tournament for the first time.
These include Lauderhill, Florida, which has already held international matches (and will host West Indies against India in a week), Morrisville, Dallas, and New York, for tournament matches and warm-ups.
Morrisville and Dallas are hosting the first season of Major League Cricket in the United States. Dallas’ Grand Prairie Stadium, Morrisville’s Church Street Park, and New York’s Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx have yet to receive international venue designation, which is required under ICC rules. In collaboration with Cricket West Indies (CWI) and USA Cricket (USAC), the ICC will make a final decision on the locations in the coming months.
This week, Ireland, Scotland, and Papua New Guinea qualified for the 20-team T20 World Cup through the ICC’s regional qualification system.
While PNG won the East Asia-Pacific qualifier, Ireland and Scotland took first and second place in the Europe Region qualifier. In the following months, qualifiers from the Americas (for one seat), Africa (two spots), and Asia (two spots) areas will be chosen.
Before the regional qualifications, twelve countries had already qualified for the event, including the hosts West Indies and the United States, as well as the top eight teams from the 2022 T20 World Cup – Australia, England, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan and Bangladesh qualified based on their positions in the T20I rankings, rounding up the 20-team squad.
The 2024 World Cup format will change from the previous two editions (2020-21 in the UAE and 2022 in Australia), in which Super 12s followed the opening round.
For the first round next year, the 20 teams will be divided into four groups of five, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the Super 8s.
The Super 8 teams will be divided into two groups of four, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals.
The 2024 T20 World Cup is the first of eight men’s global tournaments in the ICC’s next commercial cycle, which runs from 2024 to 31.
The ICC’s decision to choose the United States as a co-host was part of a strategic move with two aims: the North American market was selected as a substantial market for game expansion. Second, the ICC aims to include cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games (LA28).
The ICC thought that having the United States co-host a significant cricket tournament would only enhance the case for cricket’s participation in LA28.
The ICC presented a presentation to the LA28 team, with the International Olympic Committee making the ultimate choice later this year.