Ireland is in advanced talks to host the men’s T20 World Cup in 2030, in a partnership with England, Wales, and Scotland. According to reports, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which hosted the 2019 World Cup, is leading the campaign, with Ireland and Scotland as co-hosts. As a result, it will be fascinating to see how Ireland’s preparations pan out.

For the uninitiated, several World Cup editions have been co-hosted by nations. While the gala 50-over competition was co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh in 2011, the 2015 edition was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. Due to the lack of similar collaborative proposals before the International Cricket Council, Ireland stands a solid chance of securing the hosting rights alongside the ECB.

The Irish Independent conducted the extensive investigation. When the process of selecting World Cup hosts for 2024-31 resumed earlier this year, it was stated that Jack Chambers, Minister of State for Sport, wrote to ICC to express the Irish government’s support for a potential candidacy. Notably, the larger nations normally consent to the staging of an ICC tournament in turn. Major officials from the Department of Sport have also met with Cricket Ireland, the ECB, Cricket Scotland, UK Sport, and government representatives from Wales and Scotland to discuss how to continue with hosting the World Cup in the United Kingdom.

Before making a final decision, the Department of Sport is meeting with Cricket Ireland and other potential partners to review the budget situation and the help that would be requested from public funds. Meanwhile, Chambers indicated his support for a potential bid in a letter to ICC, promising to work closely with UK officials to ensure a successful event. It should be highlighted that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is anxious to grow the game globally, and the same approach might help Ireland win the competition’s hosting rights. According to the council’s plans, the 2030 edition of the game will have 20 teams competing in 55 matches.