Seven Caribbean nations are set to host matches during the upcoming T20 World Cup, as revealed by the International Cricket Council (ICC). These host countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, along with Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The ICC initially granted the hosting rights for this event, scheduled for June 2024, to the West Indies and the United States back in November 2021. In a historic move, matches will also take place in New York, Florida, and Texas in the United States, marking the first time a major ICC event will be held in the country.
Notably, Jamaica, renowned for its iconic Sabina Park ground in Kingston, is absent from the list of Caribbean host nations. Despite having the largest population among cricket-playing nations in the Caribbean, Jamaica did not submit a bid to host the tournament.
Courtney Francis, the CEO of the Jamaican Cricket Association, explained that Cricket West Indies had engaged with national governments regarding potential bids, but Jamaica’s administration had chosen not to participate. Francis cited the government’s role in determining the feasibility of hosting matches, as all associated expenses would fall on the government’s shoulders. This included the bid funding and infrastructure repairs required for hosting.
Looking ahead, Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave expressed confidence in the region’s ability to put on a remarkable show, drawing on their extensive experience in hosting ICC events, including the ongoing Caribbean Premier League. Collaborating with seasoned operators throughout the region, they are poised to welcome the world and stage this iconic ICC event. This presents an exciting opportunity to promote the Caribbean globally, not only for tourism and economic development but also to give the home team a significant advantage as they aim for a record third title.
In a significant development, next year’s tournament will feature a record 20 teams, expanding its scope and competitiveness. As it stands, England holds the T20 World Cup title, securing their second championship by defeating Pakistan in the final held in Melbourne last year.