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Dubai, Sep 23: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the host nations for the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup matches to be held in the West Indies. The tournament, scheduled for June 4-30, 2023, will include matches played in various Caribbean countries. The following Caribbean countries have been selected as hosts for the event: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. The announcement comes on the heels of the confirmation of the venues for the USA leg of the tournament, which include Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Broward County in Lauderhill, Florida, and Nassau County in New York. This is the first time that the United States will host an ICC tournament. The Men’s T20 World Cup in 2023 will be the biggest ever organized by the ICC, with 20 teams competing for the championship. The event will be the third ICC senior men’s tournament hosted by the West Indies, the first of which was held in 2010. This will provide cricket fans with a unique experience to enjoy matches in the Caribbean.
ICC CEO Geoff Allardyce expressed his delight at the selection of the Caribbean venues and expressed his gratitude to Cricket West Indies and the host governments for their support. The tournament will see a total of 20 teams divided into four groups for the preliminary round. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Eight stage, where they will compete in two groups of four teams each. The top two teams of the Super Eight stage will advance to the semi-finals. So far, teams like West Indies, USA, Australia, England (reigning champions), India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have already secured their places in the competition. Additional qualifiers will emerge from regional competitions held in the Americas (one venue), Asia (two venues), and Africa (two venues). The 2023 Men’s T20 World Cup promises to be an important sporting event for the region, showcasing not only cricket but also the unique culture and vibrant atmosphere of the Caribbean.