Queensland fans will get to see the host country’s Men’s and Women’s Teams in action in 2020. The Gabba will host a total of four games in the Men’s Super 12 phase of the tournament, one featuring Australia, while the Australian Women’s team will be one of six nations utilising Allan Border Field in Albion as a training and preparation hub leading into the Women’s World Cup.
Australia, the West Indies, India, Pakistan, plus two qualifying nations will be hosted at Allan Border Field as part of a World Cup Preparation Hub from Saturday 15 February to 20 February. The defending champion Australian Team will begin their preparation for their home tournament against the West Indies on Saturday 15 February, who they defeated in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Twenty20 on their way to the title.
In the Men’s tournament, Australia will headline a double-header at the Gabba on Saturday 31 October against a qualifier from the World Cup’s Group Stage, with New Zealand to face Pakistan in the day’s other game.
Australia is one of eight countries to have automatically qualified for the Super 12 phase of the World Cup, with their opposition on 31 October to be the leading nation from Pool A of the tournament’s Group Stage, which will feature 2014 champions Sri Lanka and three countries yet to be confirmed.
In the two other Gabba matches, New Zealand will play a Qualifier on Monday 2 November and England will face Afghanistan on Wednesday 4 November.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said the hosting of the 2020 T20 World Cups will give cricket a great opportunity to engage new and existing fans.
“Having the world’s best players in Brisbane for two World Cups will provide cricket with a fantastic boost in 2020. As we have seen throughout the Big Bash League, the Gabba possesses one of the great wickets for twenty20 cricket in Australia, so we are certain the games here will be exciting and entertaining.
“During the last week, Queensland Cricket has held very positive discussions with the State Government, Stadiums Queensland and Cricket Australia around our future vision for the Gabba and we are hopeful that having the world’s eyes on Brisbane during the World Cup will help push forward the need for fan-facing upgrades ahead of 2020.
“The Allan Border Field Preparation Hub will be a great festival of women’s cricket. The fact our champion Australian Women’s Team are defending their title will certainly add to the occasion and gives us a great opportunity to continue to grow the popularity of women’s cricket. With the proposed redevelopment of Allan Border Field as part of the National Cricket Campus currently being discussed with the State and Federal Governments, the 2020 World Cup should be the start of Brisbane hosting major women’s cricket events in Brisbane in the future.
“Both tournaments have the potential to have a generational impact for cricket, and Queensland Cricket looks forward to working with the T20 World Cup Organising Committee, the Queensland Government, and Cricket Australia to ensure we take advantage of the opportunity provided to us.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said:
“One year, one country, two World Cups – this is a ground-breaking moment for Australian sport.
“This is the best place in the world to play cricket. More visitors than ever before are looking for an excuse to come to Queensland - we’re confident we’ll regularly sell out the Gabba come 2020.
“The ICC T20 World Cup is cricket’s ultimate prize in the fastest growing format of the game. But with the integration of the women’s World Cup into the same year, we know this will be a particularly special tournament,” Minister Jones said.
Brisbane ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Matches
Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 (Warm-Up Matches at Allan Border Field)
Saturday 15 February 2020
Australia vs West Indies
Sunday 16 February 2020
Qualifier vs Qualifier (TBC)
India vs Pakistan
Tuesday 18 February 2020
India vs West Indies
Thursday 20 February 2020
Pakistan vs Qualifier (TBC)
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 (The Gabba, Brisbane)
Saturday 31 October 2020
Pakistan vs New Zealand
Australia vs Winner Group A (TBC)
Monday 2 November 2020
New Zealand vs Winner Group A (TBC)
Wednesday 4 November 2020
England vs Afghanistan
Tickets for the Women’s warm-up matches will be $10 each, while all kids tickets are free. Fans are encouraged to register at www.t20worldcup.com for priority access to Women’s tickets before they go on sale to the general public on 21 February 2019.
Ticket information, including prices, for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 will be announced later in 2019.