At their 63rd Board of Governors (BoG) meet conducted on Thursday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to submit an expression of interest for six ICC Events in the 2024-31 cycle.
The board has shown inclination in hosting the three-venue ICC Champions Trophy 2025 and 2029 on its own, while it has offered to host the remaining four events – two eight-venue ICC T20 World Cups 2026 and 2028, as well as the two 10-venue ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups 2027 and 2031 – in partnership with other Asian countries.
“The ICC’s evaluation committee will now examine and evaluate the PCB as well as other members’ expression of interests and revert with their decision, before the second phase of the event hosting process begins in September,” the board said in a statement. “The PCB remains hopeful that it will earn hosting rights of, at least, one event, which, in turn, will act as a great boost to Pakistan, which last staged an ICC event in 1996.”
Among other highlights of the third BoG meeting of PCB include the approval an activity-based annual budget of its 2021-22 fiscal year.
“PCB has budgeted a total spend of PKR8.997billion for its cricketing and operational activities that revolve around home and away international series by its national sides, domestic cricket operations, operational expenses of the newly formed six Cricket Associations, Pakistan Super League (PSL) and its administrative expenses,” PCB disclosed.
The board also discussed hosting of PSL 7, that is expected to be staged in Pakistan. Discussions with the six franchises to find the right window for hosting the T20 tournament will commence soon.
The BoG congratulated the PCB management on the successful completion of the HBL PSL 6 in UAE, despite the disruption of the tournament midway due to COVID-19, which saw Multan Sultans emerge as the champions for the first time in the history of PSL.