World T20 comes to Sydney

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The Sydney Cricket Ground and Spotless Stadium will play host to the ICC World T20 when the pinnacle of the shorter format comes to Australia in 2020.

Both venues will stage matches of the Men’s and Women’s World T20, which will be held as stand-alone events for the first time in history.

Spotless Stadium will host the Women’s World T20, while the famous SCG will hold matches for the Men’s World T20. Semi Finals for both competitions will be played at the SCG.

New South Wales Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, said that Sydney had secured 14 show-stopping matches.

Sydney has secured more games than any other host city of the T20 tournament, including the opening ceremony at Sydney Showground (Spotless) Stadium on 21 February 2020,” Mr Ayres said.

“We are expecting 37,000 interstate and international visitors to inject around $46 million into the NSW economy.”

The world’s best 10 female teams and 16 male sides will come to Australia to battle it out for the ultimate prize in international T20 cricket.

Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones believes the tournament will help grow interest at all levels across NSW.

“Hosting major matches for this marquee global event will showcase Sydney to the world and inspire millions of girls and boys to pick up a bat or ball,” Mr Jones said.

“We can’t wait to host the best T20 cricketers in the world in 2020, including many from NSW itself, and to delivering successful and sold-out matches at the SCG and the Showground.”

Australian captains Steve Smith and Rachael Haynes, vice-captains David Warner and Alex Blackwell, fast bowling spearheads Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, as well as elite international players Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy could all be among the NSW Blues and Lendlease Breakers to feature throughout the tournament. 

Mr Ayres also announced that the State Government is establishing a World T20 Legacy Fund program to deliver $6 million over three years to support facility development in local clubs and increase female participation in sport.

“The WT20 Legacy Funding Program is intended to deliver long term benefits to NSW communities and has the potential to support all cricket participants – from grassroots through to elite athletes,” Mr Ayres said.

The Women’s T20 will run from 21 February to 8 March 2020 and the Men’s tournament takes place later that year between 18 October and 15 November.

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