New Delhi: The Pakistan Cricket Board is eager to host the ICC World Cup, the biggest tournament of the ‘Gentleman’ game. There are reports that the PCB has joined hands with the boards of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for joint hosting for this.
T20 World Cup claim
Apart from this, the PCB is going to form a group in collaboration with the Emirates Cricket Board of the UAE. Together these two boards will try to host 2 ICC T20 World Cups in the cycle from 2024 to 2031.
ICC T20 World Cup Trophy (File photo)
joint hosting effort
According to Cricbuzz, the Pakistan Cricket Board wants to jointly host the 2027 and 2031 World Cups along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
It is learn that the PCB wants to stage 2027 and 2031 World Cups jointly with the SLC and the BCB and stage two Twenty20 World Cups in association with the UAE board | @vijaymirror
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) July 11, 2021
PAK eyes on Champions Trophy too
Apart from this, the PCB aspires to collaborate with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to host 2 out of 4 ICC T20 World Cups. On the other hand, Pakistan wants to host the ICC Champions Trophy of 2025 and 2029 alone.
ICC Champions Trophy (Photo-Reuters)
PAK yearned to host
Significantly, Pakistan has not hosted any ICC trophy after the 1996 World Cup. The PCB had also jointly hosted the World Cup 2011, but due to security reasons, it was shifted to another place.
World Cup 1996 (Photo-Twitter/@cricketworldcup)
Trying to collide with BCCI
Obviously, the Pakistan Cricket Board has prepared this plan to counter the BCCI, because it will get the most competition from this board. The Board of Control for Cricket in India will itself present the claim to host the Champions Trophy 2025, T20 World Cup 2028 and World Cup 2031.
ICC World Cup Trophy (Photo-ICC)
17 countries submitted their claim
Apart from BCCI and PCB, cricket boards of 15 other countries have submitted proposals till June 30 to host the ICC trophy. These include Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, UAE, USA and Zimbabwe.