29 January 2018
The ICC World T20 comes to the SCG
The NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres has announced that the SCG will host multiple matches as part of the men’s and women’s ICC World T20 tournament in 2020.
For the first time, both tournaments will be run as standalone competitions. The 10 best women’s teams will face off in February and March, with the men’s tournament to follow in October and November that year.
The SCG will host three of the tournament’s four semi-finals, including both women’s semis on consecutive days.
Six second stage matches as part of the 16-team men’s tournament will be held at the SCG in the lead-up to what will be a sold out semi-final – building on the success of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final between Australia and India at the ground.
In total, and including matches at Spotless Stadium, Sydney will host 14 matches across both tournaments – more than any other capital city. The men’s and women’s finals will be played at the MCG with Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart and Perth to also host matches.
“It’s a great opportunity for local and travelling cricket fans to come see the best players in action at one of Australia’s favourite venues,” said Trust Chief Executive Jamie Barkley.
“Supporters from all over the world will be coming to the SCG precinct as they did for the Cricket World Cup in 2015 and we look forward to making it a memorable experience.
“The colour and excitement that international cricket tournaments bring to this city has a tremendous impact on the economy and local sporting community. The chance to host both the men’s and women’s semi-finals will be a highlight on the NSW event calendar in 2020.”
David Peever, Chairman of Cricket Australia and the ICC World T20 2020 Local Organising Committee said, “Australia is extremely privileged to be hosting the ICC World T20 tournaments in 2020.
“On behalf of Cricket Australia and the Local Organising Committee, I would like to sincerely thank Government at both Federal and State and Territory level, host cities, venues and State and Territory Cricket Associations for their exceptional support, which is so critical for delivering the best possible events in 2020.
ICC World T20 2020 provides a unique opportunity to engage the whole community and inspire the next generation to love cricket,” Mr Peever said.
ICC World Twenty20 2020 Local Organising Committee Chief Executive, Nick Hockley highlighted the benefits that would come from hosting T20 cricket’s showpiece event.
“Major events of this scale are all about partnerships. We look forward to working with host cities, their communities, and all partners to deliver a spectacular celebration in 2020, including welcoming thousands of international visitors to attend matches and be part of it.
The ICC World T20 2020 takes place against the backdrop of a hugely successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which featured record crowds, broadcast audiences and visitors and the ongoing success of the Women’s and Men’s Big Bash.
For full details about the ICC World Twenty20 2020, and to register for tournament updates, fans encouraged to visit icc-cricket.com/worldt20. Fixture and ticketing information for the ICC World Twenty20 2020 will be released in due course.