The International Cricket Council (ICC) is on the verge of officially designating New York as one of the host venues for the eagerly awaited 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be jointly organized by the USA and the West Indies. This venue could potentially witness the high-profile showdown between cricketing giants India and Pakistan.
Initially, there were plans to construct a venue at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx borough, intended to host T20 World Cup matches. However, strong opposition from local residents and a nearby cricket league led to the abandonment of these plans. Subsequently, officials from Nassau County, responsible for managing Eisenhower Park, have engaged in discussions that are now receiving serious consideration in preparation for the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup.
The dearth of cricketing infrastructure in the USA has long been a concern for the ICC. While the inaugural season of the Major League Cricket (MLC) unveiled the 15,000-seater Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, and Central Broward Park near Miami, the country lacks another permanent floodlit stadium with comprehensive facilities.
While Church Street Park in Morrisville, North Carolina, is available, it lacks permanent structures and practice facilities. The prospective arrangement with Eisenhower Park is expected to significantly alleviate the ICC’s concerns about venues in the USA, where they aim to host 20 matches during the tournament.
The participating teams for the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup have largely been determined. Ireland, Scotland, and Papua New Guinea secured their spots through regional qualifiers, while qualification competitions for the Americas (one spot), Asia (two spots), and Africa (two spots) are scheduled to take place in the near future.
The 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup will be jointly hosted by the West Indies and the USA. The 20 participating teams will be initially divided into four groups of five teams each during the first round. The top two teams from each group will progress to the Super Eight stage. In the Super Eight stage, teams will be divided into two groups of four each, with the top two sides from each group advancing to the semi-finals. Notably, the host countries, West Indies and USA, along with Australia, defending champions England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, have already secured their places in the competition.