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Pakistan planning to host five ICC events

 Sports Desk

 Published: 03:42 PM, 12 June 2021  

Pakistan planning to host five ICC events

Pakistan planning to host five ICC events

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of the game, announced the cricket schedule from 2024 to 2031 earlier this month. According to the schedule, the ICC will host two ODI World Cups, four T20 World Cups, two Champions Trophy finals and four Test Championship finals in the seven-year cycle.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants to host at least five of these ICC events. The PCB will bid for five major ICC events to be held from 2024 to 2031, including ODI and Twenty20 World Cups and the Champions Trophy.

Pakistan last time hosted an ICC event — 1996 World Cup — jointly with India and Sri Lanka as the global body had pulled out the 2008 Cham­pions Trophy and the 2011 World Cup from Pak­istan on security grounds.

The 2007 Champions Trophy and the 2011 World Cup were removed from Pakistan on the pretext of security. Because after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, the cricketing nations did not agree to visit Pakistan. Gail has started several Pakistan tours in the last three years.

Pakistan, it is learnt, will bid to host the Champions Trophy alone, while for the World Cups it will make a joint bid along with any other Asian countries, minus India. It may bid with the UAE, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The PCB believes it can hold the 2024 ICC Champions Trophy, a prime eight-team event, at four available venues in Karachi, Lahore, Rawa­l­pindi and Multan. It is expected to complete the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad next year to also consider it as a venue for international matches.