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2022 T20I World Cup Day Night Final To Be Held At Melbourne On November 13

2022 T20I World Cup will be held across seven cities in Australia, the ICC has confirmed. The tournament will kick off on October 16, with the final slated to be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground under lights on November 13.

A total of 45 matches will be held across Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. The first semi-final of the 2022 T20I World Cup is scheduled to be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 9 and Adelaide Oval will host the second on November 10.

2022 T20I World Cup- Sydney Cricket Ground To Host A Semi Final © Getty
2022 T20I World Cup- Sydney Cricket Ground To Host A Semi-Final © Getty

2022 T20I World Cup Will Be Held In Australia, Winners Of 2021 T20I World Cup

Hosts and newly-crowned champions Australia will join Trans-Tasman rivals and 2021 runners-up New Zealand, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, England, and South Africa in the Super 12 stage of the tournament. Namibia, Scotland, two-time winners West Indies, and 2014 champions Sri Lanka will play in the first round. Four more teams will join them via the qualifiers.

Australia- Aaron Finch's team beat New Zealand in the final to win their maiden T20 World Cup title (ICC)
Australia- Aaron Finch’s team beat New Zealand in the final to win their maiden T20 World Cup title (ICC)

The ICC announced on Tuesday that the 45 matches of the 2022 T20I World Cup tournament will also be played in Perth, Brisbane, Geelong, and Hobart for the 2022 event that begins on October 16, just 335 days after the 2021 World Cup was won by Australia in Dubai on Sunday.

The Kiwis-New Zealand did well to put a challenging 172/4 on the board riding on Kane Williamson’s superb 85. However, Australian opener David Warner’s 38-ball 53 and Mitchell Marsh’s 50-ball unbeaten 77 meant that Australia overhauled the target with consummate ease in 18.5 overs.

Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, England, South Africa, India, Afghanistan, And Bangladesh Have Qualified For Super 12s

The tournament 2022 T20I World Cup was initially supposed to be held last year in the same timeframe but was postponed to 2022 following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are looking forward to seeing the return of ICC events to Australia and are delighted to announce the seven host cities for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022,” Head of Events, Chris Tetley said.

Adelaide Oval to host a T20 World Cup semi-final in 2022 AFP
Adelaide Oval to host a T20 World Cup semi-final in 2022 AFP

“Following the success of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 and a two-year postponement, our sights are now firmly set on planning for the 2022 event in collaboration with the LOC. With 12 teams already confirmed in the line-up, we eagerly await the culmination of the qualification process to see which other teams will join them,” Tetley added.

Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, England, South Africa, India, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh have already qualified for the 2022 Super 12s stage of the 2022 T20I World Cup. Sri Lanka, West Indies, Namibia, and Scotland have qualified for the first round of the event but will need to win their way through to the Super 12 stage against four other qualifiers.

Meanwhile, plans are already ramping up for next year’s event with Australia set to defend their title at home. The Adelaide Oval will host a semi-final at a global event for the first time, on November 10. The SCG, which will host the other semi-final on November 9, has hosted semi-finals for the 1992 and 2015 men’s 50-over World Cups and both semi-finals for the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup.

The Adelaide Oval hosted a quarter-final in 2015 but the other semi-final was at Eden Park in Auckland in both 1992 and 2015.

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Nick Hockley Dismisses Speculations Of India Boycotting 4th Brisbane Test

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s interim CEO has dismissed speculation that India is considering a boycott of the 4th Test in Brisbane as they need to re-enter strict quarantine conditions.

Australian media, citing unnamed sources within India’s touring party, reported the team’s players are refusing to travel to Brisbane if they are subjected to a gruelling lockdown in Queensland state.

Nick Hockley
Nick Hockley. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Nick Hockley: BCCI Fully Supportive Of Cricket Australia’s Quarantine Norms As Both Teams Wanted To Play As Per Schedule

Nick Hockley said the Indian cricket board (BCCI) was fully supportive of quarantine requirements in Queensland and CA and BCCI are in touch with each other.

“We speak to our counterparts at the BCCI daily,” he told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

“We’ve had nothing formal from the BCCI to suggest anything other than they’re supportive … Both teams have wanted to play the schedule as we’ve set out.”

Cricket Australia And BCCI
Cricket Australia And BCCI

The third test in the four-match Test series will commence at Sydney Cricket Ground after Cricket Australia decided not to move the match elsewhere in the wake of a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 in the outskirts of the city.

Queensland has closed its border with New South Wales, where Sydney is the capital, but agreed to let the players travel to Brisbane for the fourth test commencing January 15, as long as they agree to abide by strict biosecurity protocols in Queensland state. Nick Hockley, however, said BCCI is fully supportive and that both teams are willing to carry out the series as planned.

Nathan Lyon: It’s A Small Sacrifice For Cricketers To Be In Bio Bubble For Close To 6 Months

Five Indian players including Rohit Sharma are under investigation by CA and the BCCI for a potential breach of health protocols after a video surfaced of them dining at a Melbourne restaurant.

BCCI have declined to publicly affirm their support for the Brisbane quarantine plan or comment on the investigation, although the BCCI said in a brief statement on Monday that all players and staff had been cleared of COVID-19 as they have been found negative.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Australia spin bowler Nathan Lyon called on players from both the teams to not complain about touring in the COVID-19 bubble for a long time as it’s a small sacrifice.

“There’s a few people from both squads who have been in a bubble for close to six months now but in my eyes it’s a very small sacrifice,” he told reporters on Monday.

“Let’s just suck it up and get on with it.”

Indian players were busy playing IPL 2020 from September 19 while Australia team played against England from 4th September in the aftermath of Covid-19 which led to cancellations and postponements of many series.

The four-test series is level at 1-1 after India bounced back to winning ways from a loss in day-night Test at Adelaide to beat Australia by eight wickets in Melbourne last week.

India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Masks Mandatory for Fans at Sydney Test
Sydney Cricket Ground. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Crowd Capacity Limited To 25% For Sydney Test, Confirms Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday confirmed that the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), the venue of 3rd Test will be at 25 per cent capacity for the upcoming Test between India and Australia, beginning January 7.

CA and Venues New South Wales are working together to ensure the safety of fans, staff, players, broadcast partners, and match officials attending the Pink Test on January 7 onwards, with a crowd capacity limited to 25 per cent initially. The match will be re-ticketed.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Cricket Australia’s CEO Nick Hockley: Cricket Australia Working Closely With Venues New South Wales

To deliver the changes including a revised socially distanced seating plan because of Covid-19, the match will now be re-ticketed. All of the fans who have purchased ticket will receive a full refund, including all associated costs such as ticket insurance.

Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim CEO, said that the safety of everyone associated with the Test would continue to be the utmost priority for the third Test at the SCG after heeding to the advice of NSW Health.

“In response to the public health situation in NSW, we are working closely with Venues NSW and NSW Health to put appropriate biosecurity measures in place for our staff, players, match officials, broadcasters and fans to ensure we play the third Test at the SCG safely,” Hockley said in an official release.

“Reducing the capacity of the venue is crucial in achieving social distancing requirements, and we sincerely thank ticketholders for their patience, as we process refunds today, reconfigure the SCG seating plan to deliver these social distancing measures and go back on sale,” he added.

Nick Hockley
Nick Hockley. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The cases in northern beaches reached more than 25 and it has put Sydney on high alert. The spike in COVID-19 has forced former pacer Brett Lee, who had also come from Sydney, to head home despite not developing any symptoms. He is heading back home as a precautionary measure.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus, Australia became the first nation to bring back the crowd in the stadium during the ongoing India tour.

Cricket Australia Confirms 3rd Test To Go On As Scheduled

Tony Shepherd, Venues NSW Chair, said that the Sydney Cricket Ground authorities has taken significant measures to ensure the safety of fans attending the third Test.

“There are extensive protocols being enacted for the upcoming Test, including increased cleaning, customer service, and security staff, along with dedicated social distancing marshals,” Sheppard said.

Pink Test in Sydney
Pink Test in Sydney (Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Sydney had witnessed a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases and the fate of the third Test was put in doubt, but Cricket Australia laid all speculations to rest by confirming that the third Test would indeed go ahead as scheduled at Sydney.  But the 4th Test at Brisbane is in doubt following India’s unwillingness to abide by stringent quarantine norms at Queensland.

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Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri Honored With Life Membership Of The Sydney Cricket Ground

Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri’s sojourn in Australia is getting better and better with each passing day. The tour of Australia started on a forgettable note as the Men in Blue lost the first T20I. But since then, it has been a one-way traffic to a large extent. After the washed out second T20I, India beat the hosts in the third game to level the series.

The Virat Kohli-led side then won the Test series to register a historic series win on the Australian soil. It was India’s first Test series win in Australia. The win came 71 years after India toured Australia for the first time in 1948. India won the four-match Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 after the fourth and final Test ended in a draw due to poor weather. India were well on their way of clinching the series 3-1 after posting 622 for 7 and bowling out the hosts for just 300 to enforce a follow-on. However, rain and bad light quashed their hopes. But the poor weather could not stop the world number one side from winning a historic series. India had taken an unassailable lead in the series after winning the first and third Test in Adelaide and Melbourne respectively.

 

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India beat Australia 2-1 in the four-match series(Credits: BCCI)

It is a stunning start for both Kohli and Shastri after a forgettable 2018 where India lost series in England and South Africa. Both captain and coach had to cope criticism for India’s failure to deliver in tough conditions. And the year has now become better for the two as  Sydney Cricket Ground paid tributes to Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri by honoring them with a lifetime membership.

Speaking about the captain-coach duo accepting the honorary membership, SCG Chairman Tony Shepherd stated that the duo have played a major role in keeping Test cricket a force.

“The SCG congratulates Team India for securing its first Test series win on Australian soil. It is wonderful to see the world’s largest cricketing nation putting its focus firmly on Test cricket – a step that will reinforce the pre-eminence of Tests in the global cricketing landscape. Virat and Ravi have been at the forefront of that and Test cricket is well served having both placing such significance on the five-day format,” he said.

So far, only Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara have received such recognition from the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Meanwhile, India will be looking to continue their winning run when they take on Australia in the upcoming ODI series, starting January 12 in Sydney.