Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket have today welcomed last night’s announcement that the 2028 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The 2028 fixture was confirmed alongside seven other men’s white ball events to be played between 2024-2031, with the game set to be taken to 14 host countries.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the two countries had a proven track-record of delivering successful global tournaments and worked well together.
“We’re simply delighted to be co-hosting this edition of the event with Australia, with whom we have a very close and collegial relationship,” he said.
“There is a huge appetite for T20 cricket around the world and we’re very confident of delivering a top-draw tournament that will inspire and engage not only Kiwis and Australians – but new audiences all over the globe.”
Mr White said the most recent ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE demonstrated just how popular the format had become, making it the ideal vehicle for taking the game to the uninitiated, and the traditional supporter alike.
“We’re confident this tournament will be superbly run, have a terrific reach, and will capture the hearts and minds of legions of new fans and new generations of fans.
“I want to thank our friends at Cricket Australia for co-operating on this successful bid, and express my appreciation to the New Zealand Government and its agencies for all the support they’ve provided so far.”
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said hosting another World Cup in Australia and New Zealand provided another invaluable opportunity to bring communities together.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2028 with New Zealand. We’ve seen from this year’s tournament that players and fans across the globe love this format of the game, and it is incredibly exciting to be partnering with New Zealand Cricket again after the success of the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup.”
“World Cups have the ability to bring communities together and inspire our next generation of fans and players, exactly as we saw for the ICC Women’s 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.”
“We are incredibly proud of both our women’s and men’s teams as the current T20 World Cup champions, and we hope to continue our success in the upcoming ICC Men’s 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.”
“Looking ahead, we hope this can help build momentum in growing the game globally and take us a step further towards having cricket feature in the Olympic Games, with the 2028 event providing a perfect stepping stone into the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane.”