JOHANNESBURG:  The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced today that South Africa will host the Men’s World Cup 2027, together with Namibia and Zimbabwe.

South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya co-hosted the Cricket World Cup in 2003, the first to be hosted in Africa. It will be the first time that the SADC region hosts a global cricket tournament and incidentally, this will be the first-time such games will be staged in Namibia.

Said Pholetsi Moseki, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Cricket South Africa, “I would like to thank the ICC and its committees for awarding us the honours to be host of the greatest game in the world.  This means a great deal for the sport of cricket in South Africa and indeed the legacy project.  We are looking forward to the many nuggets that will arise from our hosting of this great gentlemen’s game and we are certain that the three countries involved will benefit immensely from this award.”

“This is great news for cricket in South Africa and indeed the entire African continent. CSA had submitted a compelling bid for the Men’s World Cup to return to our shores and for Africa to again enjoy the sporting, social and economic benefits of hosting this prestigious world cricket event. We are delighted that through this tournament the world will get a view of the abundance of talent that abounds in this beautiful part of the world, said Lawson Naidoo, Chairperson of the CSA Board.”

“Hosting a Men’s World Cup spells a variety of benefits for CSA, and its entire membership. We would like to congratulate the Board, ICC Africa and all administrators who worked tirelessly to make this possible. This demonstrates what can be achieved when we pull all our resources for the benefit of the game and its fans,” said Rihan Richards, CSA President.