USA along with West Indies could co-host Women’s World T20
Bringing a global ICC event will encourage the future of cricket in the States.
Updated - Aug 11, 2017 12:27 pm
The United States could possibly co-host the Women’s World T20 next November, bringing an ICC event to the nation for the very first time. Chances of matches being held at the Lauderhill ground, in Florida, are “well over 50%,” according to Fara Gorsi, the ICC Americas development manager. Johnny Grave, the chief executive of Cricket West Indies (CWI), who are the designated hosts of the tournament, is also keen to explore the prospect.
Need to develop cricket in the USA
The backing of ICC Americas will be particularly crucial. USACA, the former governing body for the sport in the US, was expelled from the ICC in June, leaving the ICC effectively as temporary custodians of American cricket. Until a new American governing body is elected, the ICC must sanction all official matches staged in the country.
“It’s something that we’re looking to do for sure,” said Gorsi as per the quotes on cricbuzz. “In the Americas, there’s a lack of women’s cricket – we have the USA team but we need to develop cricket, so having women’s cricket (event) featuring here as co-hosts would be massive kudos for ICC Americas and also for cricket in general for women.”
The ground at Lauderhill, which previously been host to Caribbean Premier League matches in the last couple of years as well as men’s internationals including India against the West Indies in 2016, is internationally accredited and, as such, would have ideal facilities to stage the World T20 matches.
“Obstacles? At this point in time I couldn’t see any,” said Gorsi. “As we’ve hosted the CPL and T20Is here, it’s not that the venue would be a problem. It’s logistically how the host countries work together to make this possible. As the ICC Americas development manager it’d be something that I would be very keen to get involved to make sure it does happen.”
The Women’s World Cup in England this year turned out to be a blockbuster, as over 180 million fans witnessed the event across the globe and more than 100 million views on the related videos, spinning the web.