Cricket enthusiasts worldwide have their eyes set on India as it gears up to host the ICC World Cup 2023, promising a spectacular showcase of the beloved sport. But that’s not the only cricketing excitement in the air; the International Cricket Council (ICC) is already preparing for the 2024 T20 World Cup, and the location is raising eyebrows.
Reports had earlier suggested that the ICC had concerns about preparing for the 2024 T20 World Cup in the United States. Cricket, while steadily gaining popularity in the USA, still faces challenges regarding infrastructure and facilities. However, in a recent turn of events, it has been revealed that New York City will play host to a marquee clash in the Indo-Pak tie.
This match is set to be a landmark moment for cricket in the United States, with an expected crowd of 34,000 eager fans ready to witness the fierce rivalry between the two cricketing giants. The event is not only about a thrilling cricket match; it’s about nurturing the sport’s growth on American soil.
The ICC has been eyeing the United States as a potential frontier for cricket’s expansion. The popularity of cricket in the country has been on the rise, and this move to host a high-profile match in New York reflects the governing body’s commitment to fostering cricket’s growth in the region.
Even Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has acknowledged the rising popularity of cricket in the USA. This endeavour aligns perfectly with the ICC’s aspirations to make cricket a global phenomenon, transcending traditional strongholds.
Cricket’s progress in the United States has received a boost from the Major League Cricket (MLC), the premier T20 tournament in the country. The MLC attracted a substantial viewership, signaling a growing interest in the sport. This tournament’s success is expected to play a pivotal role in developing cricket in the Western Hemisphere.
While the cricketing world eagerly anticipates these global events, there’s uncertainty around the participation of two Indian cricketing icons, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, in the 2024 T20 World Cup. Surprisingly, these two veterans have not appeared in a T20I match since India’s early exit from the 2022 T20 World Cup.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed three major USA cities: Dallas, Florida, and New York, as the venues for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.