WORLD-class cricket action awaits local fans with news trickling in that Zimbabwe will co-host the 2027 ODI World Cup together with South Africa and Namibia.
The event will also be the first men’s World Cup in Africa since South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe co-hosted the 2003 edition.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has had a growing ambition to make cricket sport global by allowing smaller countries to have the opportunities to be hosts of major tournaments.
The thrust has been a key element of the ICC’s global strategy to distribute major events uniformly across all continents.
The ICC announced the venues for eight events based on the recommendations of a working group which shortlisted the hosting countries based on the bids put forth by the member countries.
The events are part of the eight new men’s global tournaments that feature in the ICC’s next commercial cycle from 2024-31.
The eight tournaments comprise two ODI World Cups, four T20 World Cups and two editions of the Champions Trophy, which the ICC had decided to bring back.
Although the 2027 ODI World Cup is six years from now, news that Zimbabwe will co-host the tournament will be sweet news to local cricket fans.
The event will be held in October-November 2027 in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia.