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.
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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.
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.
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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.
“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.