In a big update, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is mulling to shift the venue of the T20 World Cup 2024 from West Indies and USA to England. However, nothing has been confirmed on the update, but reports cite that lack of adequate infrastructure in the USA might be the reason behind this move.
As reported by News18, USA facing an uphill task to get the venues ready in time for the tournament, leaving ICC to reconsider the options of hosts for the marquee event. If reports are to be believed, the international body might request England to host the tournament as England, along with Ireland and Scotland were initially given the hosting rights of the 2030 edition.
“There is a situation at hand. The current infrastructure situation in the USA is not very encouraging and it is likely that the ICC could well swap the hosts for 2024 and 2030 editions of the event. It will also allow USA Cricket to get the infrastructure in order before 2030 and allow them to set the house in order too,” a source was quoted by News18.
“Right now, it will be a rushed process to get the venues ready. England were already allotted the 2030 World Cup and they, unlike other nations, can host an event in June-July,” it further read.
How will the new format in T20 World Cup 2024 work?
The next edition of the T20 World Cup is set to be an expanded format with 20 teams fighting for the ultimate trophy. It will see 20 teams split into four groups of five teams each, from which the top two teams in each group will progress to the Super 8.
The Super 8 stage will also be split into two groups of four teams each with top-two securing the knockout berth. This will further be followed by two semifinals and a final, with the winner securing the trophy.
However, 12 teams have already secured a place in the tournament, remaining eight spots will be decided by regional qualifier events. For the eight spots, two teams from Africa, Asia and Europe and one from America and East Asia and Pacific (EAP) regions will seal a place in the 20.