The US is keen to co-host the ICC Women’s T-20 World Cup next year along with West Indies keeping in mind the growth of women’s cricket all around the globe. The ICC Americas developing manager Fara Gorsi admitted that there are more than 50% chances of matches being held in Florida. Cricket Windies (CWI) who was originally appointed as the host is also eager to explore the possibility.
Gorsi while talking to Cricbuzz about the prospect said, “It’s something that we’re looking to do for sure, in 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 US had earlier successfully hosted Caribbean Premier League matches for the last two seasons as well as international matches including India’s match against West Indies in 2016.
ICC Americas development manager while talking about obstacles said that venue will not be a problem as they have hosted CPL and T-20I’s already. She also mentioned that everything depends on how the host countries strategies to make this dream possible and she would be delighted to get involved in this process.
ICC America has an important role to play as USACA the ex-governing body was debarred by ICC in June leaving the International Cricket Council as the interim guardian till a new governing body is elected.
Johnny Grave, the chief executive of Cricket Windies (CWI) looked optimistic while talking about the same. He said during his visit to Florida to attend CPL matches, “It could be the perfect timing for a new association in the USA to really kick-start cricket in the USA so I wouldn’t want to rule it out. It’s not been officially spoken about at the high end but I’d certainly be very open-minded in exploring it.”
The US Women’s Cricket is currently in Scotland playing the regional World T-20 qualifiers.