The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the dates and venues for the 2020 ICC World T20, which will be the seventh edition of the tournament and will be hosted by Australia.
The difference this time is the Women’s T20 World Cup will not take place simultaneously as the Men’s tournament, and be played at a separate time of the year. Cricket’s governing body hopes that such an arrangement will draw the biggest-ever attendance for a women’s sporting event.
The Women’s T20 World Cup will be held from February 21 to March 8 and the Men’s ICC T20 World Cup will be held closer to the start of the next Australian summer, from October 18 to November 15.
16 teams will take part in the men’s event, while the women’s event will have 10 teams.
“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,” said the ICC Chief Executive, Dave Richardson.
“The ambition they have shown firstly in delivering standalone 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.
“Australia has a proven track record of delivering world-class events in world-class stadiums and we know we can rely on the fans to provide great support for all of the competing teams,” Richardson added.
The WACA Ground, Junction Oval in Melbourne, Manuka Oval in Canberra, and Sydney’s Showground Stadium will host the Women’s T20 World Cup’s group matches, with the semi-finals being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Women’s and Men’s 2020 T20 World Cup final will be hosted by the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with Adelaide Oval, SCG, Woolloongabba in Brisbane, Blundstone Arena in Hobart, New Perth Stadium, and Cardinia Park in Geelong being the other venues hosting the men’s matches.
West Indies have been the most successful team in Twenty20 World Cup history, having won the trophy twice; India, Pakistan, England, and Sri Lanka have each won the trophy once.