MCG to host 2020 men’s, women’s t20 world cup
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia’s largest stadium, will host the Women’s t20 world cup in 2020, organizers said on Tuesday (January 30), amid hopes the match will set a world record for attendance at a female sporting t20 world cup.
Both the men’s and women’s t20 world cup finals will be played at the MCG — one of the world’s biggest stadiums — giving the matches equal billing, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.
The two competitions are held separately, with the women’s t20 world cup in March 2020 and the men’s six months later. capitalizing on the successes of the domestic T20 Big Bash League and the 2015 World Cup jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. While the women’s t20 world cup will run from February 21 to March 8, the men’s competition will begin on October 18 and climax on November 15.
“The women’s final will take place on International Women’s Day 2020, Sunday 8 March, with the aim of creating a world-record attendance for a women’s sporting match,” the ICC said in a statement.
The world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event was set in 1999 when 90,185 fans watched the United States defeat China in the final of the Women’s World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
If crowds flock to the women’s final as organizers hope, the 100,000-capacity MCG could break that record.
Nick Hockley, the local organizing committee chief, said the t20 world cup designed to be more inclusive and accessible to encourage greater participation.
Eight cities across Australia, including Sydney, have been selected to host games featuring 10 women’s and 16 men’s teams.
Both the women’s semifinals played on consecutive days at the 50,000-capacity Sydney Cricket Ground. The men’s semis will take place at the SCG and the Adelaide Oval.
The other cities that will host matches are Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, and Perth.
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