The venues for Australia’s Men’s T20 World Cup title defence have been announced today by the ICC, which will take place in Australia in 2022.
45 matches will take place in Australia across seven different locations from 16 October to 13 November.
The Men’s T20 World Cup final will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 13 November 2022, with the two semi-finals taking place on the 9th and 10th at the SCG and Adelaide Oval respectively.
Five more venues will host matches- The Gabba in Brisbane, Kardinia Park in Geelong, Bellerive Oval in Hobart, and Perth Stadium in Perth.
As winner and runner up respectively, Australia and New Zealand have both earned spots in the Super 12 section of the tournament, alongside England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka, West Indies, Scotland, and Namibia have all qualified for the tournament but will start in the First Round.
The Global Qualifiers in February and May 2022 will determine the final four places for the tournament.
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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Michelle Enright spoke about the tournament to come that will see Australia defend their title on home soil.
“We congratulate Aaron Finch and the entire Australian squad on their maiden ICC Men’s T20 World Cup crown. What an amazing platform it will be to see them try to defend their title in front of Aussie fans in 2022,” she said.
This will be the first time Australia hosts the T20 World Cup Final since March 2020, when the Women’s T20 World Cup final was held at the MCG on International Women’s Day, breaking numerous attendance records.
Enright spoke about the memories of 2020, where 86,174 patrons watched Australia win its fifth Women’s T20 title over India.
“The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 produced some incredible moments and created memories that will live with Australian cricket fans forever. Now it’s time for the men’s event to take centre stage and claim its own place in history,” she said.
Enright is excited to see all 16 teams down under in Australia.
“World Cups unite people with the common thread of a love for cricket. We can’t wait to welcome fans of all ages and backgrounds to the world-class venues across the seven Australian host cities to support their teams.
The full fixture for the tournament will be released in January 2022.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke was present at today’s announcement and spoke about the anticipation of playing such an event on home soil.
A prestigious tournament is always a special event, but Clarke spoke about the extra layers that a home tournament provides after leading Australia to the 50 Over World Cup title in Australia in 2015.
“Playing in any world cup is special, but to get the opportunity to play in front of your home fans, I think you crave that as a player,” Clarke said.
“The boys have come to Australia, they know the conditions so well, so players from different states, get to take their family, get to take their friends to watch them in a major event, and one that’s very competitive.
“The T20 World Cup, there’s always going to be five or six teams at least, that can win. It’s about how you can play on that day. So, we’re going to see some great cricket as well.”
As for an early prediction, Clarke threw his support behind Australia to make consecutive finals, alongside India.
“I’m definitely gonna go Australia, the extra pressure, the extra expectation, I reckon the Aussies will definitely aim up.
“I think we’ll play India, they play so much cricket in Australia, and they know the conditions quite well, so I think they’ll be tough to beat.”
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