Seven host cities have been announced for the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, with the tournament starting on October 16 and ending with a final at the MCG under the lights on November 13. 45 matches will be hosted across Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
The 2022 T20 World Cup will begin on October 16, with the final scheduled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground under the lights of November 13, the International Cricket Council (ICC) She said.
Australia will defend the title at home after winning their first T20 world title by beating New Zealand in Sunday’s final in Dubai. The tournament will run from 16 October to 13 November next year in seven Australian cities with the Sydney Cricket Ground Adelaide Oval hosting the semi-finals on 9 and 10 November.
Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart and Perth will also host the matches, provided the current interstate travel restrictions put in place to contain the spread of Covid-19 have been relaxed. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) hosted the 2020 T20 Women’s World Cup final, drawing a record crowd of 86,174 to see Australia beat India just as the novel coronavirus first arrived in the country.
“After the successful ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 and a two-year postponement, our goals are now firmly set on planning the 2022 event,” said ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley in a press release.
“With 12 teams already confirmed in the lineup, we look forward to the culmination of the qualification process to see which other teams will join them.”
Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan and South Africa have already qualified for the Super 12 stage of the tournament.
Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will participate in the opening round along with four other teams that will be decided at the qualifiers in Oman and Zimbabwe next year.
Australia has never previously hosted the Men’s T20 World Cup, but the MCG has been the venue for the Over 50 World Cup final twice, most recently in 2015 when the hosts beat New Zealand. in front of 93,013 fans.