ICC World T20 2020: MCG to host both women’s, men’s finals in a landmark year for cricket

Eight cities throughout Australia to host ICC World T20 2020. The world’s 10 best women’s teams and 16 best men’s team’s will come to Australia to battle it out for the ultimate prize in T20 cricket.

cricket Updated: Jan 30, 2018 11:12 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A general view as 88,172 cricket fans enjoy day one of the fourth Test in the 2017-18 Ashes series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2017. MCG will host both women’s and men’s finals of the ICC World T20 2020.(Getty Images)

For the first time in its history, the ICC World T20 will feature two stand-alone events as the men’s and women’s tournaments will be scheduled for different times of year. This landmark move will see Melbourne become the home of both the men’s and women’s finals and ensure the women’s competition is promoted and staged as a major global event in its own right. (INDIA vs PAKISTAN U-19 WORLD CUP SCORECARD)

The women’s competition will take place from February 31 to March 8, 2020 and the men’s tournament from October 18 to November 15, 2020. The eyes of the world will be on Australia as the 10 best women’s teams and 16 best men’s teams, comprising the global superstars of the game, compete to be crowned world champions.

The eight host cities are Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The ICC World T20 will see 13 venues throughout Australia host matches, with both competitions having broad national footprints, meaning as many Australians as possible will have the chance to see the most talented players in the world.

Both the women’s and men’s finals will receive equal billing, with both matches taking place at Australia’s biggest stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The women’s semi-finals will be hosted on consecutive days at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), while the men’s semi-finals will take place at the SCG and Adelaide Oval.

The women’s final will take place on International Women’s Day 2020, Sunday March 8, with the aim of creating a world-record attendance for a women’s sporting match.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “I’d like to thank Cricket Australia and their partners in Government at all levels for their commitment to the ICC World T20 in 2020. The ambition they have shown firstly in delivering stand-alone men’s and women’s events and then in the venue selection that will, I hope set a record for the biggest ever attendance at a women’s sporting event, is exciting for the sport.”

The ICC World T20 2020 takes place against the backdrop of a hugely successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which featured record crowds, broadcast audiences and visitors and the ongoing success of the Women’s and Men’s Big Bash.

(With inputs from ICC)

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 10:55 IST