NEW YORK: A 34,000-seater pop-up facility about 30 miles east of New York city will host the marquee clash between India and Pakistan on June 9 during the T20 World Cup 2024.
The development, about which Cricbuzz had reported back in September, was announced by the ICC while unveiling the schedule for the ninth edition of the T20 World Cup, which will be played across six venues in the West Indies and three in the USA from June 1.
The Kensington Oval in Barbados will host the final on Saturday, June 29. The venue will also witness arch-rivals England going up against Australia on June 8. The full schedule is here.
The facility in New York, which has been erected in the Eisenhower Park, will also host India’s Group A matches against Ireland and the USA. In fact, 10 of the 20 teams will
play their first match in the USA according to the ICC.
The tournament will open with the co-hosts USA taking on Canada at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Dallas. West Indies, the other co-hosts, will kickstart their campaign against Papua New Guinea at the Guyana National Stadium on the next day.
The 20 participating teams have been divided into four groups as follows:
Group A India, Pakistan, Ireland, Canada and the USA
Group B England, Australia, Namibia, Scotland and Oman
Group C New Zealand, the West Indies, Afghanistan, Uganda and Papua New Guinea
Group D South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Netherlands and Nepal
Top two teams from each group will progress to the Super Eight, which will be played across Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The two top teams from each group in the Super Eight will then progress to the semi-finals, which will be held in Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago on June 26 and 27 respectively.
“Teams seeded first and second in their groups in the first round will retain that seeding in the Super Eight, provided they qualify,” the ICC clarified.
Speaking on the occasion, ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said he was excited about adding a ‘new frontier’ to the game of cricket.
“The release of the fixtures is made even more exciting for fans as we enter a new frontier, with the USA hosting a major ICC event for the first time. With 16 matches being played across three venues in the USA, it allows us to make a statement in the world’s biggest sports market,” Allardice said.
“It will also be great to have an ICC event back in the West Indies, which has such a rich history of the game. It has hosted World Cups with great success in the past and this tournament will certainly provide a boost to the game there, especially with the final being played in Barbados.”
Vijay Srinivasan, the co-founder of Major League Cricket, said: “Major League Cricket is delighted to host the marquee opening match for the biggest-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at the premier MLC venue, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in North Texas.
“We know that cricket fans from across the country will be out in force on June 1 as the United States hosts Canada in the curtain-raiser for the tournament. The match will mark a new chapter in a rivalry dating back longer than any other in international cricket, all the way to 1844.”