Australia will begin their Women’s Twenty20 World Cup title defence against India next year in a tournament the International Cricket Council (ICC) is hoping to conclude with a record attendance for a women’s sporting event.
The tournament will start on 21 February and culminate at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 8 March which is also International Women’s Day.
The ICC said the final presents a “groundbreaking opportunity” to surpass the current attendance record for a women’s fixture for any sport of 90,185, set at the 1999 women’s football World Cup final between the United States and China.
The MCG has a capacity in excess of 100,000 people, although the ICC is hoping to attract more than 92,000.
“Whenever we host an event in Australia we know we can guarantee the one billion cricket fans around the world a great show,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said.
“Outstanding venues. Noisy, passionate, knowledgeable fans. Exciting cricket. This is the perfect combination for a T20 World Cup.”
Australia, who won their fourth T20 title last November, will meet India at the Sydney Showgrounds on 21 February, followed by games against Sri Lanka, a qualifier and New Zealand in Group A.
Group B features England and West Indies, South Africa, Pakistan and the other yet to be confirmed qualifying team.
For the first time, the women’s and men’s T20 World Cups will be held as standalone events in the same year, with the men’s tournament being staged from 18 October to 15 November, with the final also at the MCG.
“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,” Richardson added.
The men’s tournament begins with a series of qualifying matches before Australia open the Super 12 section at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Pakistan on 24 October, while India meet South Africa at Perth Stadium.
Below are the full fixtures of the men's tournament:
|18 October, 2020||Sri Lanka v Qualifier A3||Kardinia Park, South Geelong||2.00 pm|
|18 October, 2020||Qualifier A2 v Qualifier A4||Kardinia Park, South Geelong||7.00pm|
|19 October, 2020||Bangladesh v Qualifier B3||Bellerive Oval, Tasmania||2.00pm|
|19 October, 2020||Qualifier B2 v Qualifier B4||Bellerive Oval, Tasmania||7.00pm|
|20 October, 2020||Qualifier A3 v Qualifier A4||Kardinia Park, South Geelong||2.00pm|
|20 October, 2020||Sri Lanka v Qualifier A2||Kardinia Park, South Geelong||7.00pm|
|21 October, 2020||Qualifier B3 v Qualifier B4||Bellerive Oval, Tasmania||2.00pm|
|21 October, 2020||Bangladesh v Qualifier B2||Bellerive Oval, Tasmania||7.00pm|
|22 October, 2020||Qualifier A2 v Qualifier A3||Kardinia Park, South Geelong||2.00pm|
|22 October, 2020||Sri Lanka v Qualifier A4||Kardinia Park, South Geelong||7.00pm|
|23 October, 2020||Qualifier B2 v Qualifier B3||Bellerive Oval, Tasmania||2.00pm|
|23 October, 2020||Bangladesh v Qualifier B4||Bellerive Oval, Tasmania||7.00pm|
|24 October, 2020||Australia v Pakistan||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||7.00pm|
|24 October, 2020||India v South Africa||Perth Stadium, Perth||7.00pm|
|25 October, 2020||A1 v B2||Blundstone Arena, Hobart||2.00pm|
|25 October, 2020||New Zealand v Windies||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||7.00pm|
|26 October, 2020||Afghanistan v A2||Perth Stadium, Perth||2.00pm|
|26 October, 2020||England v B1||Perth Stadium, Perth||7.00pm|
|27 October, 2020||New Zealand v B2||Blundstone Arena, Hobart||7.00pm|
|28 October, 2020||Afghanistan v B1||Perth Stadium, Perth||2.00pm|
|28 October, 2020||Australia v Windies||Perth Stadium, Perth||7.00pm|
|29 October, 2020||Pakistan v A1||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||2.00pm|
|29 October, 2020||India v A2||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||7.00pm|
|30 October, 2020||England v South Africa||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||2.00pm|
|30 October, 2020||Windies v B2||Perth Stadium, Perth||7.00pm|
|31 October, 2020||Pakistan v New Zealand||Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane||2.00pm|
|31 October, 2020||Australia v A1||Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane||7.00pm|
|1 November, 2020||South Africa v Afghanistan||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||2.00pm|
|1 November, 2020||India v England||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||7.00pm|
|2 November, 2020||A2 v B1||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||2.00pm|
|2 November, 2020||New Zealand v A1||Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane||7.00pm|
|3 November, 2020||Pakistan v Windies||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||2.00pm|
|3 November, 2020||Australia v B2||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||7.00pm|
|4 November, 2020||England v Afghanistan||Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane||7.00pm|
|5 November, 2020||South Africa v A2||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||2.00pm|
|5 November, 2020||India v B1||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||7.00pm|
|6 November, 2020||Pakistan v B2||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||2.00pm|
|6 November, 2020||Australia v New Zealand||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||7.00pm|
|7 November, 2020||England v A2||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||2.00pm|
|7 November, 2020||Windies v A1||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||7.00pm|
|8 November, 2020||South Africa v B1||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||2.00pm|
|8 November, 2020||India v Afghanistan||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||7.00pm|
Semi-finals and Final
|11 November, 2020||Semi-final 1||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||7.00pm|
|12 November, 2020||Semi-final 2||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||7.00pm|
|15 November, 2020||Final||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||Tentative|
Below are the full fixtures of the women's tournament:
|21 February, 2020||Australia v India||Sydney Showground, Sydney||7.00pm|
|22 February, 2020||Windies v Qualifier 2||WACA, Perth||2.00pm|
|22 February, 2020||New Zealand v Sri Lanka||WACA, Perth||7.00pm|
|23 February, 2020||England v South Africa||WACA, Perth||7.00pm|
|24 February, 2020||Australia v Sri Lanka||WACA, Perth||2.00pm|
|24 February, 2020||India v Qualifier 1||WACA, Perth||7.00pm|
|26 February, 2020||England v Qualifier 2||Manuka Oval, Canberra||2.00pm|
|26 February, 2020||Windies v Pakistan||Manuka Oval, Canberra||7.00pm|
|27 February, 2020||India v New Zealand||Junction Oval, Melbourne||2.00pm|
|27 February, 2020||Australia v Qualifier 1||Manuka Oval, Canberra||7.00pm|
|28 February, 2020||South Africa v Qualifier 2||Manuka Oval, Canberra||2.00pm|
|28 February, 2020||England v Pakistan||Manuka Oval, Canberra||7.00pm|
|29 February, 2020||New Zealand v Q1||Junction Oval, Melbourne||10.00am|
|29 February, 2020||India v Sri Lanka||Junction Oval, Melbourne||2.00pm|
|1 March, 2020||South Africa v Pakistan||Sydney Showground, Sydney||2.00pm|
|1 March, 2020||England v Windies||Sydney Showground, Sydney||7.00pm|
|2 March, 2020||Sri Lanka v Qualifier 1||Junction Oval, Melbourne||2.00pm|
|2 March, 2020||Australia v New Zealand||Junction Oval, Melbourne||7.00pm|
|3 March, 2020||Pakistan v Qualifier 2||Sydney Showground, Sydney||2.00pm|
|3 March, 2020||Windies v South Africa||Sydney Showground, Sydney||7.00pm|
|5 March, 2020||Semi-final 1||SCG, Sydney||2.00pm|
|5 March, 2020||Semi-final 2||SCG, Sydney||7.00pm|
|8 March, 2020||Final||MCG, Melbourne||7.00pm|
Note: The information of the fixtures have been sourced from ICC's official website.
With inputs from Reuters