CSA: Sponsors not keen on SA

2013-07-03 09:04
Newlands hosted the opening match of the 2003 Cricket World Cup (File)
Cape Town - The International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to not award a major cricket event to South Africa for the next 10 years can be attributed to sponsors' requests, a report on Die Burger's website indicates.

The ICC earlier this week announced the hosts of major cricket events for the next decade at its annual conference in London.

South Africa was not picked as a host of any major ICC event for the period, with India and England receiving the lion’s share of the tournaments.

South Africa will only host two minor tournaments - the Under-19 World Cup in 2020 and the Women’s Twenty20 in 2022.

India, who hosted the last 50-overs-a-side World Cup in 2011, are scheduled to host it again in 2023, while they will also be hosting the World Twenty20 in 2016 and the World Test Championship in 2021.

England will get the inaugural World Test Championship in 2017 and the World Cup in 2019, while the World Twenty20 in 2020 will be played in Australia.

And according to a source from Cricket SA, this is because major sponsors believe they get more exposure in India and England and are therefore pressurising the ICC to stage big events in those countries.

However, CSA's Acting CEO Naasei Appiah said South Africa will get more opportunities to host top events in future years.

"We must understand that between 2003 and 2009 we hosted three international tournaments. We hosted the World Cup in 2003, the first T20 World Cup in 2007 and the Champions Trophy in in 2009.

"Due to commercial reasons, India and the subcontinent will always get preference, but that doesn't mean that we won't get a chance again.

"Australia last hosted a big event in 1992. It's now their chance again," said Appiah.

ICC programme:

World Twenty20 2016 - India
ICC World Test Championship 2017 - England
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - England
ICC World Twenty20 2020 - Australia
ICC World Test Championship 2021 - India
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 - India

The ICC qualifying events for 2015-2023:

ICC World Twenty20 qualifier 2015 - Ireland/ Scotland
ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier 2018 - Bangladesh
ICC World Twenty20 qualifier 2019 - Tender
ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier 2022 - Zimbabwe

Other ICC events for 2016-2023:

ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 - Bangladesh
ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 - England
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 - New Zealand
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 - West Indies
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 - South Africa
ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 - New Zealand
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 - West Indies
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2022 - South Africa

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