The International Cricket Council (ICC) has unveiled the seven host venues for the upcoming T/20 World Cup in 2024.
While the cricketing world rejoiced at the news, it raised a few eyebrows as there were no Jamaican venues on the list.
The ICC confirmed that the tournament, set to take place from June 4 to June 20, will be hosted by the Caribbean region, with matches being played in Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
A groundbreaking aspect of this edition is the participation of the United States as a co-host, marking their debut in hosting a major cricket event.
The American venues announced for the tournament are Grand Prairie in Dallas, Broward County in Florida, and Nassau County in New York.
This move signifies the growing influence and popularity of cricket in the United States.
The 2024 T/20 World Cup promises to be the largest in its history, featuring 20 teams vying for the coveted trophy.
While five teams have already secured their spots, the remaining five will be determined through qualifiers in the Americas, Asia, and Africa in the coming months.
By virtue of being hosts, the United States and the West Indies have automatically qualified for the tournament, alongside cricketing powerhouses Australia, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, who earned their spots by finishing in the top eight of the 2022 edition.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan will also take part in the tournament, having secured their positions based on their rankings in the ICC men’s T/20 team rankings at the conclusion of the previous T/20 World Cup.
Additionally, Ireland, Scotland, and Papua New Guinea have already booked their spots through the qualifiers, promising a diverse and competitive lineup for the 2024 T/20 World Cup.
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