The ICC is yet to respond to the development. (AFP Photo)
The 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be co-hosted by the West Indies and the USA from June 4-30 next year.
With just over seven months before the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup gets underway, the Dominican government has said it won’t be able to host matches for the marquee event.
Dominica is one of the seven countries in the Caribbean region slated to play host to the world cup matches next year but their government says it won’t be possible to meet the deadline for completing the stadiums and other facilities for the T20 showpiece.
“Several tangible actions were taken both at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium and at the Benjamin’s Park including the commencement of upgrading and enhancement of the practice and match venues, various assessments and the creation of additional pitches where necessary,” a statement from the Dominica government’s read.
“However, the implementation timelines submitted by the various contractors revealed that it would not be possible to complete these works within the stipulated timeframe before the commencement of the tournament. As a result, a decision was taken not to host any of the matches in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 as it would not be prudent for the Government of Dominica to commit to hosting these games.
“In light of Dominica’s sterling reputation in hosting international cricket, this decision is considered to be in the best interest of all. The Government of Dominica thanks Cricket West Indies (CWI) for its partnership over the years and looks forward to continued collaboration in the future. The Government of Dominica extends best wishes to the organisers for a successful tournament in June 2024.”
Windsor Park is among the shortlisted venues for the event and was to host one group match and a couple of Super Eight fixtures.
The tournament will be co-hosted by the West Indies and the USA.