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‘Relieved’ BCB interested to host ICC events

Following ICC’s announcement of expansion of men’s global events, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) could well put their hands up for hosting rights for at least a tournament.

As per the 2024-31 FTP (Future Tours Programme), the Men’s ODI World Cup will be played in 2027 and 2031 with 14 teams, and the 20-team Men’s T20 World Cup in 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030. While, the Champions Trophy is also back which will be held in 2025 and 2019.

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Bangladesh has co-hosted Men’s ODI WC in 2011, hosted entire Men’s and Women’s T20 WC 2014 as well as the U-19 World Cup 2016. The inaugural Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup will be staged in Bangladesh later this year. The BCB is mulling to show its interest in hosting future tournaments.

“The hosts for 2024-31 global events will be determined via bidding [selection] process. So we plan on joining in. But there’s a challenge: it’s open to everyone. Not only the Full Members but the Associate Members can also put their hands up,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

“Whether this is good for us will be understood once the process begins. But it’s unlike before, anyone can partake. That’s a relief for us.”

The ICC on Tuesday announced that the hosts for men’s events will be finalised in September this year with the selection process to begin this month.

The new system allows associate nations to become hosts of the ICC events as opposed to richer boards bidding in the past. The ECB, BCCI and CA had opposed bidding process and inclusion of ODI and T20I Championships in men’s cricket.

The ICC believes the new approach is an opportunity to introduce cricket to new fans.

“The revised approach to selecting hosts for our events will give us much more flexibility to grow the game and engage new fans,” ICC interim CEO Geoff Allardice said.

“There is a smaller pool of countries with the infrastructure needed to host our senior Men’s events which narrows the selection process. Additionally, many of our Members expressed interest in hosting Women’s and U19 events which gives us a great opportunity to stage events in established and emerging cricket nations.”

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