01 February 2019
SCG to host T20 World Cup double headers
The Sydney Cricket Ground will host the T20 World Cup women’s semi-final double header next year, a landmark event for the women’s game.
The Women’s T20 World Cup takes place in February and March next year, culminating in the March 5 semi-final double header at the SCG before what is expected to be a sold-out final at the MCG.
The SCG will also be a centrepiece of the Men’s T20 World Cup, which runs from October to November in 2020.
It is the first time that the International Cricket Council has opted to run the tournaments separately. The Australian women will be seeking to win their fifth T20 World Cup, while the men's side will be set on claiming their first title.
The draw for both tournaments was revealed at the SCG this week by a World Cup legends such as Belinda Clarke, who recorded a special video message to SCG members below.
The women’s semi-final double header will be one of the most significant sporting events in the SCG’s history, which is linked to the origin of women’s cricket in Australia.
In 1877 the SCG hosted Australia’s first organised women’s cricket match, with the opposing sides captained by curator Ned Gregory’s daughters, Nellie and Lily.
The Women’s T20 World Cup starts at the Sydney Showground with the hosts taking on India on February 21, before the 10-team tournament moves around the rest of the country.
The tournament final heads to the MCG on March 8, International Women’s Day, with hopes of a world record crowd at a standalone women’s sporting event.
Later in the year, the men’s T20 World Cup opens at the SCG with the Australians to take on the number one ranked Pakistan outfit to open the tournament on October 24.
The SCG will also host one of the semi-finals on November 11, as well as five other matches as part of the tournament.