Hosting an ICC tournament is one of the biggest dreams of every cricket crazy nation, however, the requirements to organise such events are in themselves an uphill task. While many major cricket playing countries enjoy the perks of having good infrastructure, many small nations fail to get a nod from ICC to host its tournaments. And this all is decided through a bidding process for every cycle. However, many a time changes are done on the hosting rights even after the bidding process is over, in case things don't go as expected.
The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in India is likely to be moved out considering the country's COVID situation. Notably, ICC has given a deadline of June 28 to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take a final call on whether the tournament can be conducted in India. The nation last hosted an ICC tournament in 2016 which was the T20 World Cup. Walking into the next 8-year tournament cycle starting 2024, BCCI has decided to bid for three major ICC tournaments as hosts. The decision was taken at BCCI's Emergent Apex Council meeting that took place virtually.
"Yes, we would be bidding for the 2025 Champions Trophy along with 2028 T20 World Cup and the 2031 50-over World Cup. The Apex Council has agreed on this, in principle," a senior official revealed as quoted by PTI. BCCI is confident of hosting big-ticket tournaments, easily every 2 years and will thus bid for hosting 3 global events.
Notably, India are the hosts of the upcoming 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, and it’ll be the first time that India will be hosting an ODI Cricket World Cup individually.
Champions Trophy to make a return
In what has come as good news for the cricket fans, ICC recently announced the return of Champions Trophy, which hasn’t been conducted since its edition in 2017 in England. “The Champions Trophy is a short tournament but is an immensely popular one. It was only fair that after the 2023 World Cup in India, we bid for the 2025 Champions Trophy,” the official added.