Australia is confirmed as the destination for the ICC T20 World Cup for both Men’s and Women’s in the year 2020.
With just 15 months’ time in hand, two World Cups will be played in Australia. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will have 10 teams, will include 23 matches and will be played from 21st February to 8th March 2020.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will comprise of 16 teams who will play 45 matches and the tournament will be played from 18th October to 15th November 2020.
Earlier on Friday, ICC had announced that the World T20 would be renamed to T20 World Cup from the 2020 edition. This means that the tournament would now gain the status of a World Cup and will be now considered equal to the 50-over World Cup.
This will be the first time that the same country would host women’s and men’s competitions as standalone events in the same year. 8 host cities and 13 venues have been selected to organise this world scale massive event.
The finals of both the tournaments will have the same billing as both would take place at Australia’s biggest cricket stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Moreover the finals of the women’s edition would be played on Sunday 8th March 2020, which is also celebrated as International Women’s Day. This would present Australia a huge opportunity to set a world record in terms of attendance at a women’s sporting event.
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Nick Hockley, CEO of the ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 Local Organising Committee, said: “Australia has an unparalleled reputation for hosting major international sporting events as well as passionate, knowledgeable and diverse fans who love T20 cricket.
“Lots of people have already been referring to the World T20 as the T20 World Cup. For this name change to be formalised by the ICC, only reinforces the importance of T20 cricket to the global game and that the T20 World Cup is the format’s pinnacle competition.
“Only twice previously has Australia hosted international cricket’s showpiece events, with the Men’s 50-over Cricket World Cup held in Australia in 1992 and 2015. So, 2020 represents a rare and special opportunity to welcome the cricketing world for not just one, but two World Cups.
“We’ve just witnessed a fantastic tournament in the West Indies, with a brilliant atmosphere and some record breaking performances that have taken the game to new levels. Congratulations to our counterparts in the West Indies for delivering a superb event.
“We look forward to working with host cities, venues, the community and all our partners over the coming months, so that both the women’s and men’s T20 World Cups in 2020 make up a spectacular celebration that everyone can be part of.”