International Cricket Council chief executive officer Manu Swahney on Monday held discussions with Bangladesh Cricket Board officials and government high ups about the new bidding rule for hosting ICC events, which will begin from 2023.
Swahney arrived in Dhaka in the early hour on Monday along with ICC general manager-commercial Campbell Jamieson on his first tour to Bangladesh after taking over as the ICC chief executive from David Richardson in January last year.
Swahney and Jamieson held discussions with BCB president Nazmul Hasan and other board directors before meeting with the prime minister Sheikh Hasina and home minister Asaduzzaman Khan to discuss the requirements for hosting an ICC event.
In the new proposal, both cricket playing and non-cricket playing countries can bid to host 24 ICC events – eight men’s, eight women’s and eight Under-19 level – from 2023 to 2031.
Previously, the hosts of ICC events were decided continent-wise, ensuring every major cricket paying nation got an equal chance of hosting ICC tournaments and the ICC would also give the host country monetary incentives to host their events.
But in the new rule, countries will bid to gain rights to host the tournament and also need to give ICC a substantial amount as fees in the process.
The BCB chief welcomed the new system as he felt that cricket playing nations will still have higher chances of hosting big events due to their improved cricketing infrastructure and the new system will financially benefit all cricket playing nations.
‘They [ICC] have now come up with the bidding system just like the FIFA and Olympics. They are now adopting the country bidding system. It’s not just for cricket playing nations, it’s open for everyone,’ Nazmul told reporters on Monday.
‘To host a men’s World Cup you need at least eight stadiums. There are a lot of countries who don’t even have eight cricket stadiums. The advantage for us and majority of the Test playing nations is that we don’t need help from the government to develop the infrastructure.
‘They have already met with Malaysia’s president. They are going to Australia, New Zealand and every other cricketing country. They will also go to USA. They are going to every place where there is some interest. With this, every member country’s earnings will increase,’ he added.
The Bangladesh government, however, didn’t express any formal interest in hosting any one of those 24 events as the government at first wanted to assess the feasibility of bidding for an ICC event,’ said BCB chief executive officer.
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