India to host 2025 ODI World Cup, Bangladesh and England to host T20 World Cups

India will host the 2025 ODI World Cup © Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) approved Bangladesh, India, England, and Sri Lanka as the host countries for ICC’s women’s events between 2024-27 on Tuesday (July 27). India will host the 2025 World Cup, hosting the ODI World Cup for the first time since the 2013 edition, while Bangladesh will host the T20I World Cup for the second time. England, who hosted the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2009, will host the 2026 edition. Sri Lanka will host the ICC Women’s T20 Champions Trophy 2027, subject to them qualifying for the event.

According to the press release, ICC selected these four host cities via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee. Former New Zealand men’s cricketer Martin Snedden chaired the sub-committee, with BCCI President Saurav Ganguly, Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt, and former England captain Clare Connor as the other members. 

ICC’s chair Greg Barclay expressed his views on the announcement.  “We are delighted to have awarded ICC women’s white ball events to Bangladesh, India, England, and Sri Lanka,” he said. 

“ Accelerating the growth of the women’s game is one of the ICC’s strategic priorities and taking these events to some of our sport’s biggest markets give us a fantastic opportunity to do that and deepen its connection with cricket’s one billion plus fans,” the ICC Chair added.

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Three countries in the Indian subcontinent have received the nod from the ICC, indicating the potential for growth in popularity and viewership in the region. BCCI’s Honorary Secretary, Jay Shah, welcomed the decision and promised to leave no stone unturned in preparation of the event.

“We are delighted to host the 2025 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup,” Shah said. “ BCCI will leave no stone unturned to make it a memorable event for everyone concerned. We are taking several steps to raise the profile of the sport, right from the grassroots level, and hosting the World Cup will further boost the popularity of the sport in the country,” he added. 

Along with Shah, Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, CEO of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Connor, interim CEO of England and Wales Cricket Board; Ganguly, President of BCCI and Ashley de Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket, welcomed the decision.

The 2025 edition of the World Cup will have a similar structure as the 2022 World Cup, with eight teams competing in 31 matches. The 2026 edition of the T20 World Cup will see the participation of 12 countries, with 33 matches being a part of the tournament. 

Along with the hosts for the events, ICC also announced three members receiving Associate Membership status. Cambodia and Uzbekistan are the 24th and 25th Members of the Asia region, while Cote D’Ivoire is Africa’s 21st Member.  ICC now comprises 108 Members in total, including 96 Associate members.