Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt hailed the ‘strategic partnership’ between the regional entity and USA Cricket, as the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced today that the Caribbean and the United States will co-host the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
It is the first time that the Caribbean has been awarded a senior ICC tournament in over a decade, after the West Indies hosted the (ODI) Cricket World Cup in 2007 and the T20 World Cup in 2010.
Skerritt told CWI Media that the ‘partnership and bid planning’ with USA Cricket started close to two years ago and aims to provide match-day experiences which combine ‘Caribbean carnival with the best of American sportainment’ and breaks new ground on digital innovation and integration.
The two entities hope that their joint hosting of the event helps to re-energise the sport with a new generation of West Indies players and unlock cricket’s potential in the United States.
“CWI welcomes this announcement by the ICC—it means simply that the Caribbean has been handed another opportunity, in 2024, to host a premier world cricket event,” said Skerritt. “And this time it will be in partnership with our neighbours to the north, USA Cricket, led by my colleague Paraag Marathe. We know that our strategic partnership has helped ICC to accept our bid, and we must soon get to work to make this exciting ICC decision a truly successful one for all concerned.
“[…] The longer term goal is to accelerate cricket’s growth as the world’s number two sport, driving towards mainstream status in the United States and enhancing cricket’s prospect of inclusion in the Olympic Games, to be hosted in Los Angeles in 2028.”
The ICC also announced its hosts for all the senior men’s events leading up to 2030:
T20 World Cup: West Indies and USA (June 2024), India and Sri Lanka (February 2026), Australia and New Zealand (October 2028), England, Ireland and Scotland (June 2030)
Cricket World Cup: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia (October/November 2027), India and Bangladesh (October/November 2031)
Champions Trophy: Pakistan (February 2025), India (October 2029).