The Gabba and Allan Border Field will feature prominently, with Allan Border Field hosting five teams for a week of lead-in matches and training for the Women’s T20 event from 21 February to 8 March 2020 and the Gabba staging four Super 12 matches in the Men’s World T20 from 18 October to 15 November 2020.
For the first time in history, the events will be held as stand-alone women’s and men’s events, giving the best female and male cricketers respective opportunities to capture the attention of the country and the world.
The world’s 10 best women’s teams and 16 best men’s team’s will come to Australia to battle it out for the ultimate prize in T20 cricket.
ICC World Twenty20 2020 Local Organising Committee Chief Executive, Nick Hockley highlighted the benefits that would come from hosting T20 cricket’s showpiece event.
“Australia is a sporting nation, with diverse and passionate fans who love cricket. We’ve designed ICC World T20, comprising standalone women’s and men’s events, to be more inclusive, more accessible and more connected than ever before, so that everyone can join in,’’ he said.
“Major events of this scale are all about partnerships. We look forward to working with host cities, their communities, and all partners to deliver a spectacular celebration in 2020, including welcoming thousands of international visitors to attend matches and be part of it,” Mr Hockley said.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said that with T20 cricket being the fastest growing and most accessible format of the game she was delighted Brisbane would be part of the action when the global event comes to Australia.
Minister Jones said the announcement was a great opportunity for Brisbane to kick off the tournament and for the local community to get behind their teams.
“It also gives Queensland an excellent opportunity to showcase its world class training and preparation facilities at Allan Border Field, including Cricket Australia’s Bupa National Cricket Centre, to five of the world’s best international teams.”
“Major events such as the ICC’s World T20 play an important role in promoting Queensland’s destinations, fostering local pride, supporting the sport of cricket and supporting local jobs,’’ she said.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane was an ideal host city for the prestigious international tournament.
“Brisbane has a strong sporting culture with a proud history of hosting major international cricket matches at the Gabba,” Cr Quirk said.
“The ICC World Twenty 20 tournament will offer Brisbane residents and visitors another chance to see international women’s and men’s cricket teams in action on the field.
“Our hotels, retailers, restaurants and tourism operators all stand to gain from the tournament, which will add to another blockbuster year of major events that inject $100 million into the city’s economy every year.”
Queensland Cricket CEO, Max Walters, said the ICC World T20 2020 events would provide additional stimulus to grow greater interest in cricket at all levels in Queensland.
“Being afforded the opportunity to host matches for an event of this calibre will not only showcase Brisbane’s world class facilities to Australia and to the globe, but will importantly do so much to inspire the next generation of young girls and boys in Queensland to pick up a cricket bat or ball,’’ he said.
Mr Walters said Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia looked forward to working alongside its partners from the Queensland Government and their agencies to deliver highly successful events in 2020 and inspire the next generation of boys and girls to love cricket.
“Fans will enjoy seeing the best of the best at Queensland's world class venues, as we showcase our State to the world.’’
“Additionally, the legacy that the World T20 events will deliver shall provide cricket at all levels in Queensland with a strong boost to participation levels and growth,’’ he said.
Full details of on the ICC World Twenty20 2020, where fans can also register for tournament updates can be found at https://www.icc-cricket.com/world-t20.
The ICC World T20 2020 takes place against the backdrop of a hugely successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which featured record crowds, broadcast audiences and visitors and the ongoing success of the Women’s and Men’s Big Bash Leagues.
Fixture and ticketing information will be released in due course.