Sydney, Jan 29 : The fixtures for the ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 were
revealed here this morning.
For the first time, the women’s and men’s T20 World Cups will be held as standalone events in the same year and in the same country. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 will take place from February 21 – March 8, 2020, culminating in the final at the MCG on March 8 2020, International Women’s Day. This presents a groundbreaking opportunity to set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture.
A spectacular opening celebration will mark the start of the women’s tournament, when hosts and defending champions Australia take on India at Sydney Showground Stadium on February 21, 2020. The women’s tournament will also feature double-header semi-finals at the iconic SCG on Thursday March 5, 2020.The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 will take place later in the year, from October 18 to November 15, 2020. Hosts Australia will play the opening match of the Super 12 stage of the tournament on Saturday 24 October under lights at the SCG in a blockbuster match-up against the world’s top-ranked team, Pakistan.
The first men’s semi-final will take place at the SCG on Wednesday November 11, with Adelaide Oval hosting the second semi-final the following night. Like the women’s final earlier in the year, the men’s final will be played at the MCG, on the evening of November 15, 2020.Both tournaments will be held right across Australia in eight Host Cities and 13 venues.Men’s defending champions, the Windies, will start their title defence when they clash with New Zealand on November 25 at the MCG. India’s first match of the men’s tournament will be on October 24 against South Africa at Perth Stadium. This contest will follow the Australia-Pakistan opening match in Sydney, marking a spectacular opening night for the men’s Super 12 stage.Having finished ninth and tenth in the MRF Tyres ICC World T20I Team Rankings, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively are the two currently known qualifiers in the First Round of the men’s event, with matches to be played in Geelong and Hobart from October 18-23.
The remaining six teams for the First Round will be determined via a qualifying tournament to be held later in 2019. A total of four teams from the First Round, two from each of Group A and Group B, will progress to the Super 12 stage.
ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 Local Organising Committee CEO Nick Hockley said, “We’re so excited to be able to let fans all around Australia and the world know when and where their teams will play, so they can start planning now."“World Cups are all about bringing people together. We know that passionate fans of all generations and cultures will travel from near and far to support their teams and that they will receive the warmest of welcomes in our wonderful host cities,” he said.“Putting on events of this scale are a big team effort and we would like to thank all our valued partners for making sure that the T20 World Cup is not only a spectacular celebration in 2020, but that it leaves a lasting positive impact," Mr Hockley said.“With the Women’s T20 World Cup up first, we’ll be calling on cricket fans to bring their families, friends and communities to support the best players in the world,” he said.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, “Whenever we host an event in Australia we know we can guarantee the one billion cricket fans around the world a great show.
The world’s best players. Outstanding venues. Noisy, passionate, knowledgeable fans.
Exciting cricket. This is the perfect combination for a T20 World Cup and in 2020 we go one step further with two T20 World Cups in one year."“To hold two T20 World Cup finals at the world’s largest cricket stadium in front of 92,000 people with hundreds of millions more watching around the world is a particularly exciting prospect as we look to grow the fans around the world and make 2020 the year of cricket,” he added.
Fans can visit t20worldcup.com to register before February 13, 2019 to get priority access to women’s tickets, before they go on sale to the public on February 21, 2019. Men’s tickets pricing and on-sale dates will be announced later in 2019. (UNI)