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200 days-to-go until ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 as prominent figures show their support

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Photo: ICC Woman’s T20 World Cup 2020

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 5 August: The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 is fast approaching, with 200 days-to-go until the opening match, in which hosts Australia take on India at Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday 21 February.

In 2020, Australia will host two ICC T20 World Cups, with the women’s (21 February – 8 March) and men’s (18 October – 5 November) tournaments to be played as standalone events across the country.

Both events will culminate in finals at the world’s largest cricket stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, presenting an opportunity to set a new world record for the highest attendance at a women’s sporting fixture on Sunday 8 March 2020, International Women’s Day.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee is delighted to announce that leaders from across Australia have pledged their support as ‘2020 Champions’, each helping to inspire people to take part and continue the positive momentum in sport for women and girls.

The first wave of ‘2020 Champions’ represents a broad cross-section of the Australian community, all of whom share a passion for the power of sport to inspire positive change.

Speaking about the ‘2020 Champions’ program, ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO, Nick Hockley said;
“The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is an opportunity to showcase equality through sport on the global stage.

“We’ve seen at the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup what a powerful and uniting force major sporting events can be and we are humbled to have such inspirational leaders join together to help maximise the positive impact of Australia 2020.

“We look forward to welcoming our 2020 Champions and the broader community at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in just 200 days’ time.”

‘2020 Champions’ who have pledged their support so far:

Alex Blackwell: ICC T20 World Cup winning Captain
Ann Sherry AO: Chair, UNICEF Australia
Bronwyn Klei: CEO, Netball South Australia
Carol Fox: President, Women Sport Australia
Christina Matthews: CEO, Western Australian Cricket Association
Christine McLoughlin: Chair and Co-Founder Minerva Network
Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO: Former Governor-General of Australia
Diana Chan: Former winner, Masterchef
Dipen Rughani: CEO, Newland Global Group
Dr Bridie O’Donnell: Director, Victorian Office for Women in Sport and Recreation
General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC: Former Governor-General of Australia
Giles Gunesekera: Founder and CEO of Global Impact Initiative
Gönül Serbest: CEO, Global Victoria
Gus Worland: Founder of Gotcha4Life
Jodie Fields: ICC T20 World Cup winning Captain
Jodie Hawkins: General Manager, Sydney Sixers
Justin Langer AM: Head Coach, Australian Men’s Cricket Team
Kate Jenkins: Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Kate Palmer AM: CEO, Sport Australia
Kath Koschel: Former cricketer, Founder, The Kindness Factory
Kerrie Mather: CEO, Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds
Lisa Sthalekar: Former Australian player and T20 World Cup winner; cricket commentator
Liz Broderick AO: UN Special Rapporteur and Independent Expert on discrimination against women, Founder Male Champions of Change
Marne Fechner: CEO, Netball Australia
Mary Konstantopoulos: Founder, Ladies Who Leg Spin
Mel Jones OAM: Former Australian player and cricket commentator
Patrick Delany: CEO, Foxtel
Preeti Daga: Vice President Victoria, Australia India Business Council
Sheba Nandkeolyar: Co-Founder, CEO MultiConnexions Group
Sonia Sadiq Gandhi: Director, Gandhi Creations
Suzy Nicoletti: Managing Director, Twitter Australia

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 links:
Official website: t20worldcup.com
Buy women’s tickets and register for men’s tickets: tickets.t20worldcup.com
Women’s fixtures: https://www.icc-cricket.com/t20-world-cup/womens-fixtures
Men’s fixtures: https://www.icc-cricket.com/t20-world-cup/mens-fixtures


Cricket awaits a new World champion

Photo: ICC World Cup 2019.

By A Special Correspondent in London

A new World Cup champion team will be crowned at the Lord’s cricket ground in London on Sunday evening. The two finalists – hosts England and New Zealand – have both appeared in the title encounters in the past, but had to be satisfied with the tag of being second-best against the dominant rivals.

This will be the second successive appearance in the title showdown for New Zealand, who were humbled by hosts Australia in the 2015 final at Melbourne, while England has made their fourth entry into the final.

Hosts England tipped to be the fancied side owning to their dominant show in the past three matches – including the decimation of defending champions Australia – are playing the 50-over World Cup’s final after a gap of 27 years.

England last played in the final in 1992 when Australia and New Zealand played joint hosts for the World Cup but fell in the last hurdle against Pakistan.

England’s thumping entry into the final – after being on the verge of elimination following the loss to Pakistan and Sri Lanka – has sparked a cricket frenzy in the host nation. With the two fancied teams in Australia and India faltering in the semi-finals, the hosts fancy their chances of prevailing against New Zealand, whom they outplayed by 119 runs in their preliminary league encounter just 10 days ago.

But England should ignore the threat posed by New Zealand only at their peril.

The manner in which New Zealand defended a modest score against India in the semi-finals underscores their determination to be counted. The news media and TV commentators were going gung-ho about the prospects of the other three teams ahead of the semi-finals, a polite comment by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson almost went unnoticed.

“We have as much chance of winning as the other teams (in the semi-finals),” said Williamson, which ought to have been taken seriously by the Indian team management. The Indian batsmen soon realized the relevance of this defiant comment from a side that was not being given many chances until the game commenced.

The reunion of the opening pair of Jason Rao and Johny Biarstove has brought about the transformation for England. Can the tidy New Zealand bowling stop England’s run-flowing machine?

Can Australia win CWC19? Absolutely, insists Ricky Ponting

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MELBOURNE,10 February: Ricky Ponting, Australia’s assistant coach for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, believes the defending champions will be one of the main contenders for the title, despite their recent troubles in the one-day international game.

Australia is No.6 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings and have struggled without Steve Smith and David Warner, leading to concerns about their chances in England and Wales. To boost their chances, they have brought on board Ponting, who is a three-time World Cup winner – twice as captain – as Justin Langer’s assistant for the tournament.

The former captain argued that the conditions in England and Wales will favor the men in green and gold, who will also be strengthened by the expected returns of Smith and Warner by then.”Absolutely,” Ponting told reporters on Sunday, 10 February, when asked if he thought Australia could defend their title. “India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that line-up, then I think that team looks as strong as any.

“I am not just saying that because I am one of the coaches. I actually said it when I wasn’t around the group. Conditions in England will suit our style of play … I think Australia will be one of the main contenders for sure.

“With the inclusion of two of the best one-day players in the world who have a lot of experience, all of a sudden the team starts looking a whole lot better,” he added. “You will have guys that will handle a lot of pressure situations better because they have done it all before.”

The bans of Smith and Warner will run till March 28. However, the two have been under an injury cloud, with Smith especially facing a spell on the sidelines after elbow surgery. Australia also has injury concerns to speedsters Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, but Ponting shrugged it off.

“We went to World Cups with Michael Bevan injured, Darren Lehmann suspended, Warney (Shane Warne) went home and Jason Gillespie went home,” Ponting remembered of his time in the tournament.

“World Cups very rarely run exactly to plan … All the planning right now is we will have all those guys in the squad and if we do, it looks as good as any squad on paper.”

Source: ICC

Eight Australian cities to host ICC World T20 2020, MCG to host women’s and men’s finals

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By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, 30 January: The venues and host cities for the ICC World T20 2020, which will be hosted by Australia, were announced today at events throughout the country. The eight Host Cities are Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren and representatives from the
International Cricket Council, Local Organising Committee, Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria at the MCG today
to announce host cities and venues.

For the first time, the women’s and men’s competitions will be held as stand-alone events in the same host country and in the same year. This will give the best female and male cricketers respective opportunities to capture the attention of the country and the world.

Women’s matches will run from 21 February to 8 March 2020 and the men’s matches will run from 18 October to 15 November 2020.

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.

The ICC World T20 will see 13 venues throughout Australia host matches, with both competitions having broad national footprints, meaning as many Australians as possible will have the chance to see the most talented players in the world.

Both the women’s and men’s finals will receive equal billing, with both matches taking place at Australia’s biggest stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The women’s semi-finals will be hosted on consecutive days at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), while the men’s semi-finals will take place at the SCG and Adelaide Oval.

The women’s final will take place on International Women’s Day 2020, Sunday 8 March, with the aim of creating a world-record attendance for a women’s sporting match.

David Peever, Chairman of Cricket Australia and the ICC World T20 2020 Local Organising Committee said, “Australia is extremely privileged to be hosting the ICC World T20 tournaments in 2020.

“On behalf of Cricket Australia and the Local Organising Committee, I would like to sincerely thank Government at both Federal and State and Territory level, host cities, venues and State and Territory Cricket Associations for their exceptional support, which is so critical for delivering the best possible events in 2020.

ICC World T20 2020 provides a unique opportunity to engage the whole community and inspire the next generation to love cricket,” Mr Peever said.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, “I’d like to thank Cricket Australia and their partners in Government at all levels for their commitment to the ICC World T20 in 2020. The ambition they have shown firstly in delivering stand-alone men’s and women’s events and then in the venue selection that will, I hope set a record for the biggest ever attendance at a women’s sporting event, is exciting for the sport.

“Australia has a proven track record of delivering world-class events in world-class stadiums and we know we can rely on the fans to provide great support for all of the competing teams.”

Speaking in Melbourne, 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.”

Mr. Hockley added, “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.”

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.

For details about the ICC World Twenty20 2020, and to register for tournament updates, fans encouraged to visit icc-cricket.com/worldt20.

Fixture and ticketing information for the ICC World Twenty20 2020 will be released in due course, says a media release.