Bangladesh to bid for World Cup hosting rights
According to the BCB boss who took part in a meeting with ICC delegates at home ministry, there are high chances of the country participating in exclusive bids to acquire rights of hosting ICC [International Cricket Council] events from the next eight-year cycle starting from 2024.
It is understood the ICC is now moving out from its traditional cycle policy based on continent for selecting hosts and introduces a system of awarding the events through a bidding process.
Between 2016 and 2023, all major ICC events had gone to the three big cricketing nations India, Australia and England. Countries like Bangladesh, West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka did not get to host any events.
But now that Bangladesh have the opportunity, BCB chief claimed that they have the advantage of a ready cricket ininfrastructure to host the events. This is a sector in which most other countries lack.
Between 2024 and 2031, there will be a total of 24 ICC events, involving eight men’s event, eight women’s event, and eight Under-19 events. As per ICC’s new rules, the host nations for these events will be decided through bidding, and even non cricket playing nations can also take part in the bidding.
The BCB boss said to the media on Monday, “Bangladesh will of course participate in the bidding. Our advantage against a non-cricketing nation is that they do not have the infrastructure. They will have to develop it.”