The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the hosts of all U-19 World Cups for the next five years, with Sri Lanka set to host the upcoming men’s tournament in 2024. The organisation also revealed the qualification scenarios for senior World Cup events through 2027.
The International Cricket Council has selected the countries that will host the U-19 marquee events between 2024 and 2027 via a competitive bidding process overseen by a sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden. Following a review of the countries that had placed bids, all of their recommendations were accepted, and the hosts were announced.
The 2024 U-19 World Cup will be held in Sri Lanka, while the 2026 edition will be held in Namibia and Zimbabwe. Malaysia and Thailand will co-host the Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup in 2025, before the event moves to Bangladesh and Nepal two years later.
The council also revealed the qualification process for the 2027 World Cup, which will be held in South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. The competition will feature 14 teams, eight of which will gain automatic qualification based on rankings on a later date, while South Africa and Zimbabwe will qualify directly as full-member hosts. The remaining four teams will compete in the Global Qualifier series to earn their spots.
In terms of the Women’s T20 World Cup 2024, eight teams will receive automatic entry, with six of them determined by their performances in the upcoming edition next year. The other two spots will be filled based on the rankings, unless Bangladesh is not among the top six at the 2023 tournament, in which case they will automatically qualify as hosts.