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Caribbean stadiums set for upgrades before Men’s T20

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Three cities in the United States will be joined by upgraded stadiums spanning seven Caribbean countries as hosts of the 2024 edition of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 tournament.

Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and St Vincent & The Grenadines will stage matches, along with Grand Prairie in Dallas, Broward County in Florida and Nassau County in New York.

“We are grateful to the host Governments of the West Indies for their overwhelming responses and enthusiasm for hosting what will be the most significant sporting event held in the West Indies for a generation,” Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave said.

“The seven host countries have all committed to upgrading their international cricket venues and practice facilities, continuing to support and preserve the proud legacy of West Indies cricket. 

“We are confident that together we will deliver a world-class event tournament showcasing the best this region has to offer with our unique culture and carnival atmosphere that will ensure there is a real celebration of the sport next June.”

The event will run from June 4-30 next year, with 20 teams playing a total of 55 matches across 10 venues.

Although it has not been confirmed which facilities will host the knockout rounds, ESPNcricinfo reported that either Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad or Kensington Oval in Barbados (pictured) are the favourites to host the final. It is likely that the US venues would host 15 or 16 group-stage contests, although details are yet to be confirmed.

ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice added that the Caribbean locations are “all popular venues with players and fans alike that will provide a wonderful backdrop to the event”.

He added: “This will be the third ICC senior men’s event hosted by the West Indies, and the matches will again give cricket fans the unique experience of enjoying cricket in the Caribbean. I’d like to thank Cricket West Indies and the seven host governments for their continued commitment and support of our sport.”

The Caribbean previously hosted the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2010 ICC World T20.

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