The biennial tournament, which will be held from June 4 to 30, and hosted by the West Indies and the USA, will see 20 teams playing 55 matches across the 10 venues. In addition to three cities in the United States – Dallas, Florida and New York – seven Caribbean countries will host the World Cup, which ICC CEO Geoff Allardyce said in a media statement on Friday makes it the “biggest” T20. World Cup “ever”.
While the media release did not mention which venues will host the knockout matches, ESPNcricnfo has learned that Guyana, Barbados and T&T are set to host the Super Eight and Final matches. It was also learned that Brian Lara Stadium (Tarouba, Trinidad) was the favorite to host the final with Kensington Oval in Barbados. At this stage, the three stadiums in the United States will only host group stage matches.
How were the locations chosen?
The final list of venues in the Caribbean was determined by the ICC in coordination with Cricket West Indies based on bids submitted by local governments. Last May, the International Cricket Federation sought bids to host the 2024 World Cup, which it advertised as a “cricket carnival”. CWI CEO Johnny Grieve noted at the time that the T20 World Cup would help local governments in the Caribbean alongside the CWI and ICC “unlock new trade and economic growth opportunities”.
It is understood that all popular cricket destinations across the Caribbean have applied to join, with the exception of three countries: Jamaica, Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis. Therefore, these three stadiums will not host any World Cup matches.
It is understood that out of the 55 matches, about 39 or 40 will be held in the Caribbean, while the remaining matches – 15 or 16 – will be held in the three stadiums in the United States of America.
The 2024 event will be the third time a men’s World Cup has been held in the West Indies, and the first in 14 years. The Caribbean previously hosted the 2007 ODI World Cup and the 2010 World T20 Championship. Grieve said on Friday that the world sport’s governing body was encouraged by the “overwhelming response and enthusiasm” of many countries “to host what will be the most important sporting event to be held in our region in a generation”. .
The 2024 T20 World Cup will be the first of eight men’s global events in the upcoming ICC commercial cycle from 2024 to 2031, which has been completed in 2021. The format will also be different from the last two editions, with the first round followed by the Super 12s .
This time, the 20 teams will be divided into four groups of five in the first round, 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 teams each, with the top two teams in each group reaching the semi-finals.
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