Over the past two decades, Pakistan hasn’t hosted an ICC event. But some reports are suggesting that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is looking to bid for five major ICC events. PCB is looking to bid for the next upcoming cycle of 2024-2031.
In the next cycle, ICC events will include the upcoming ICC ODI and T20 World Cups, as well as the Champions Trophy. For the same, ICC has asked cricket boards to share their interest for the next cycle of ICC tournaments. An independent committee formed by the ICC will assess the bids in December 2021 and submit its report. The final decision is expected to be announced next year.
A report in The Dawn revealed how existing Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani is leading a team preparing bids for the ICC events. As a former ICC chief, Ehsan Mani has precedent experience of organizing ICC events, which include the 2007 ODI World Cup in West Indies followed by the first T20 World Cup, played in South Africa.
If the ICC events return to Pakistan, it would be the first time since the 1996 World Cup that the country will host big cricket competitions.
The board hopes to bid for all the major events like T20 and ODI World Cups along with other Asian countries like UAE, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. PCB is looking for the present Champions Trophy in which only 8 teams plays, could be held in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan, with a fifth venue can be Niaz Stadium which is set to be completed next year.