T20 World Cup
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the much-anticipated group stage matchups for the T20 World Cup 2024, set to captivate cricket enthusiasts from June 1 to 29. The ninth edition of the tournament, featuring an expanded 20-team format, is a joint effort between the United States and the West Indies.
Commencing on June 1 at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Dallas, Texas, the inaugural match will witness co-hosts United States taking on Canada, both making their debut appearances in a T20 World Cup. The spotlight then shifts to New York on June 9, where arch-rivals Pakistan and India will lock horns in a highly anticipated group game. This clash is part of eight matches to be held at a newly constructed 34,000-seat modular stadium in Nassau County, just 30 miles east of downtown Manhattan.
A groundbreaking move for international cricket, 16 games are slated to be held in the United States, showcasing the sport in a nation where cricket traditionally occupies a niche status but enjoys significant support from the South Asian and Caribbean communities.
Peter Hutton, Chair of T20 World Cup Incorporated, expressed enthusiasm about the unique cricket spectacle in New York City, Dallas, and Florida, emphasizing the opportunity to exponentially grow the sport. ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice labeled the U.S. games as a “new frontier” in cricket’s global expansion, acknowledging the chance to make a significant statement in the world’s largest sports market.
The tournament will also rejuvenate cricket fever in the West Indies, with the final scheduled in Barbados on June 29. Defending champions England kick off their title defense on June 4 in Barbados against Scotland.
With a group stage featuring teams from across the globe, the Super Eight stage will unfold in the Caribbean, paving the way for the semi-finals in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago on June 26/27, and the grand finale in Barbados.
The event not only promises thrilling cricket action but also represents a historic milestone, bringing major international cricket to the United States and underscoring the global growth and appeal of the sport.