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The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is set to take place in the USA and Carribean islands © Getty

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have stated that there is no consideration to relocate next year’s Twenty20 World Cup from the Caribbean islands and the United States to the United Kingdom. Both cricket bodies made these assertions separately on Friday in response to suggestions that the championship would be allocated to England, Ireland, and Scotland due to administrative uncertainty in the USA Cricket (USAC).

“There is absolutely no truth to reports that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 will be moved from the West Indies and the USA,” said an ECB spokesperson. “Since the event is organized by the ICC, their statement must be taken as binding and conclusive.”

The 2024 Twenty20 World Cup, the ninth edition of the championship, will feature the largest ever congregation for an ICC event, with 20 teams and 55 matches. The ICC confirmed that preparations for the event are already underway, and venue inspections have been completed.

“Venue inspections have recently been concluded in both host territories, and planning for the event in June 2024 is in full swing,” said the ICC spokesperson.

An ICC member dismissed these suggestions as creative speculation. “The 2024 event is scheduled for June, and the only other possible location is England. If someone were to ask the ECB if they can host in 2024, the answer would be crystal clear – they can’t. So, the possibility doesn’t even arise. Just a glance at the England venue fixtures for next year will confirm this to anyone observant enough,” stated the member.

Reports have indicated a potential trade-off between the 2024 and 2030 championship hosts, with England, Ireland, and Scotland staging the next year’s event and the West Indies/US hosting seven years later, allowing the USAC to address its administrative issues.

Florida, Dallas, and one more venue are being considered for hosting the championship matches in the US, with minimal administrative involvement for USAC. US, ICC insiders say some innovative solutions are being planned for staging the championship in the US with regard to venues.

IOC Session to decide on cricket’s inclusion in LA28 in October

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially announced that its 141st session will be held in Mumbai from October 15 to 17, coinciding with the World Cup taking place in India. However, the meeting will commence on October 12 itself. During this session, the IOC will make a decision regarding the ICC application for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympic Games, specifically for the upcoming Los Angeles Games in 2028.

The IOC has stated that there will be an opening ceremony for the session on October 14. Prior to that, the IOC Executive Board will convene on October 12, 13, and 14. The meetings have been assigned specific venues, with the Executive Board meeting taking place at the Trident Hotel at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and the IOC Session being held at the adjacent Jio World Centre (JWC).

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