Australia eyes women's record as MCG to host World T20 finals
The International Cricket Council and the Australian organisers have today announced the venues for the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 tournaments in 2020.
The women’s competition will take place from 21 February to 8 March, and the men’s event from 18 October to 15 November.
There will be equal billing for the two competitions, with both finals to be held at the showpiece Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 100,000.
Both women’s semi-finals will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which will also host one of the men’s semis, with the other at the Adelaide Oval.
Cricket Australia and the local organising committee will be hopeful that the women’s final, to take place on International Women’s Day (Sunday, 8 March), will break the attendance record for a women’s sports match, surpassing the 90,185 for the 1999 Fifa Women’s World Cup final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in USA.
The elevated status given to the female Twenty20 competition reflects the growth in popularity of women’s cricket, driven by Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League and the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, the elite one-day international competition, held in England.
The men’s World Twenty20 will feature 16 teams and the women’s event 10 teams, and the tournaments will utilise 13 venues in the eight host cities of Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Last week, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and St Lucia were named as the venues for the 2018 Women's World Twenty20 in the West Indies.