The Caribbean island of Dominica has withdrawn from hosting matches at next year’s T20 World Cup, the country’s sports ministry has announced. The decision was made after it became clear that work on the venues would not be completed in time for the tournament.
“We are disappointed to have to make this decision, but we believe it is the right one in the circumstances,” said the sports minister. “We are committed to working with Cricket West Indies to ensure that the T20 World Cup is a success.”
Dominica was one of seven countries in the Caribbean shortlisted to host matches at the tournament. The other six countries are Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in the United States and the West Indies from June 4 to 30, 2024. The tournament will feature 20 teams, with the winner crowned as the world champion of Twenty20 cricket.
Dominica’s withdrawal means that the tournament will now be held in six countries. The ICC is currently working with Cricket West Indies to finalize the match schedule.
Reasons for Dominica’s withdrawal
The main reason for Dominica’s withdrawal is the delay in completing work on the venues. The construction of two new stadiums was scheduled to be completed in time for the tournament, but both projects have been behind schedule.
The government of Dominica has said that it is not financially feasible to continue with the construction of the stadiums. The country has also said that it does not have the resources to host the matches at the existing stadiums.
Impact of Dominica’s withdrawal
Dominica’s withdrawal is a blow to the tournament organizers. The country was expected to host a number of group stage matches, as well as a Super 12 match.
The ICC is now working with Cricket West Indies to find a replacement host for the matches that were due to be played in Dominica. It is possible that some of the matches will be moved to other host countries, while others may be canceled.
The withdrawal of Dominica is also a disappointment for the fans of cricket in the country. Dominica is a passionate cricket nation, and there was a lot of excitement about the prospect of the country hosting matches at the T20 World Cup.
The withdrawal of Dominica from the T20 World Cup is a setback for the tournament organizers. However, the ICC is confident that it can find a replacement host for the matches that were due to be played in Dominica. The tournament is still on track to be a success, and fans of cricket around the world are eagerly awaiting the start of the action.
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