ICC World T20
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced that Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host both men’s and women’s finals for the ICC World T20 in 2020.
The eight Host Cities where matches will take place are Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
For the first time, the women’s and men’s competitions will be held as stand alone events in the same host country and in the same year. The Women’s matches will run from February 21 to March 8 while men’s matches will take place from October 18 to November 15.
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.
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,” he said.
“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.”
David Peever, Chairman of Cricket Australia and the ICC World T20 2020 Local Organising Committee said: “Australia is extremely privileged to be hosting the ICC World T20 tournaments in 2020. ICC World T20 2020 provides a unique opportunity to engage the whole community and inspire the next generation to love cricket,” Mr Peever said.