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MCG Will Host The Final Of ICC World T20 In 2020
By CricShots - Jan 30, 2018 6:12 am
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On Tuesday, the organizers announced that the Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final of both the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 when the tournament will be hosted by Australia in 2020.

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The women’s tournament will comprise of 10 teams, will be held from February 21 to March 8 before 16 men’s teams will play later that year from October 18 to November 15. It will mark the first time the tournaments are held as stand-alone events in the same year in the same country.

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The women’s final will be played on the International Women’s Day, with the world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), hoping for a record attendance at a women’s sporting event. Earlier, 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.

Talking about the same, Australia women’s captain Meg Lanning said, “It’s very exciting to think about … to potentially play in front of over 90,000 people. 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.”

The ICC and Cricket Australia revealed the venues for both tournaments on Tuesday, with 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. Hobart and Geelong will host six pool games in the men’s tournament before the country’s six main cricket venues, including the new Perth Stadium, host matches.

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The men’s semi-finals will be in Sydney and Adelaide before the final in Melbourne, where the Australian team will be looking to end a poor run in global tournaments in T20Is. Australia’s men have played just one final of World T20 in 2010 in the West Indies, and have been knocked out in the second round of the last two tournaments.

Speaking of the same, the Australian skipper Steve Smith said, “When T20 cricket started, it was just a smash-and-grab sort of game. 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.”