The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering the option of hosting the Champions Trophy in the USA and West Indies. With a smaller scale compared to the T20 World Cup, the Champions Trophy offers broadcasters a reduced financial risk. However, concerns have been raised regarding the infrastructure in the USA and the potential challenges of hosting a major tournament like the T20 World Cup.
In an effort to minimize financial risk, the ICC is exploring the possibility of hosting the Champions Trophy in the USA and the West Indies. The event’s smaller scale makes it more manageable and less financially demanding for broadcasters. By opting for these venues, the ICC aims to strike a balance between hosting a prestigious tournament and ensuring favorable returns for broadcasters.
While the USA is being considered as a potential host, concerns have been raised about the existing infrastructure. Although the upcoming Major League Cricket is scheduled to take place, hosting a major event like the T20 World Cup presents a different set of challenges. The readiness of venues becomes a crucial factor, as the success of hosting matches depends on suitable and fully prepared facilities.
Another aspect being evaluated is the financial viability for broadcasters, particularly in the sub-continent where cricket enjoys significant popularity and viewership. A prolonged tournament in the distant western hemisphere may pose a risk of financial loss for broadcasters, as the returns might be lower compared to hosting matches in the sub-continent.