Ireland is in pole position to be a co-host of the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in 2030.

We have been named today by the board of the International Cricket Council as a preferred co-host of the tournament alongside the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Scotland.

Early discussions had already been held with Government here who we revealed last week have given their initial support for the bid.

Ireland currently has four grounds licensed to hold international matches. Malahide, Clontarf, Stormont and Bready fit the bill with Clontarf having hosted a game in the 1999 edition of the tournament.

A major element in the staging of a significant portion of the event, watched by hundreds of millions around the world, is the development of a new National Stadium at the Sport Ireland Campus.

This could be built fit to stage games with an attendance of 10,000 plus and with all the technology one would expect or could envision for a next-generation sports venue.

“This is great news for Irish cricket fans who will be able to see some of the world’s best cricketers playing in the most dynamic format of the game on Irish shores,” said Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom with his initial reaction to the news.

We will be joined on Sport for Business by Warren Deutrom for a more detailed look at what the decision means tomorrow morning.

“While we have hosted several ICC qualifier tournaments in the past and of course a 1999 World Cup fixture in Clontarf, this will be the first time multiple matches in a major World cricket event will feature in Ireland.”

“We appreciate that there are still a number of details to clarify around hosting arrangements, not just for the co-hosts but also to enable our Government partners to move beyond in-principle support, but today’s announcement gives a greenlight for those discussions to begin in earnest.”

“We believe the enormous global exposure of one of the world’s major sporting events will provide a huge boost for not just the sport on this island, but also the country through local economic impact and visibility in major tourism and economic markets.”

“Working closely on the bid with the England & Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Scotland was a pleasure, and I thank the respective bid teams in our partner Boards for their great professionalism in putting together such a compelling case. We now look forward to working closely with them and our Government partners over the coming years to ensure that our eventual staging of whichever matches we host will be as world-class as the bid we submitted.”

 

Sport for Business Perspective:

Ireland is one of the Top 12 nations in the Cricket World and once the prospect was raised of a potential co-hosting, the logic and the will became self-evident.  There are of course a number of bridges to cross in technical and financial terms but this is now probable rather than possible and is an exciting bookmark to put down for the summer of 2030. 

 

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