Organizers of the World T20 2020, which will be played in Australia, have confirmed that the finals of the both the men’s and women’s tournament will be hosted by the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The women's tournament, made up of 10 teams, will be held from February 21 to March 8. While the 16 men's teams play from October 18 to November 15. This will be the first time that the both the stand alone tournaments will be held in the same year and in the same country.
With the Women’s World T20 final being held on International Women’s Day in 2020, ICC is certainly hoping for record attendance at the event. The largest crowd to attend a women's sporting event was 90,185 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the 1999 Women's World Cup soccer final between the United States and China.
"It's very exciting to think about ... to potentially play in front of over 90,000 people," Australia women's captain Meg Lanning told reporters. "I think it just shows where the women's game is at. It's always evolving and it's exciting to see where it is in 2020."
Women's pool matches to be played at several smaller venues in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. Both the women's semi-finals will be at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Six of the Men’s tournament’s pool matches will be held at Hobart and Geelong. The Men’s semi-finals will be held at Adelaide and Sydney, before the finals in MCG.
"When T20 cricket started, it was just a smash-and-grab sort of game," Smith said. "The game has changed so much and the strategy behind the game is really important. Hopefully we can get that trophy that's eluded us for so long."