India is all set to host the 2023 World Cup as well as the Champions Trophy in 2021, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed in its Special General Meeting (SGM) on Monday.
This is the first time India would be hosting an ODI World Cup completely. India has previously co-hosted ODI World Cup on three occasions (1987, 1996 and 2011). India has won the tournament twice (1983 and 2011).
As has been the case in the previous editions, the tournament is set to feature 10 teams, with two sides qualifying from the 2022 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers. The primary route for qualifying for the World Cup will be through the ICC ODI League, which will replace the ICC ODI championship, the rankings scheme currently in place.
Other than the Champions Trophy and ODI World Cup, India will also hosting Afghanistan for their first ever Test in 2019-2020 after they became full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, 2017 along with Ireland. “Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test,” said BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary after the SGM.
Apart from the announcement of the World Cup venue, several other points were discussed in the meeting: the prominent ones being the Indian team's schedule from 2019 to 2023, with the team slated to play 81 games at home. The new FTP (Future Tours Program) will mainly include matches with South Africa, England, and Australia.