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With 86,714 attendance ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final sparks new era for women’s sport

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Australia celebrates after winning the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup Final match between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 08, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia.Photo: ICC

By SAT News Desk/ICC

MELBOURNE,8 MARCH 2020: The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final broke the world record attendance for a women’s cricket match as 86,714 watched Australia beat India at the MCG. The attendance also marked the highest attendance for a women’s sporting event in Australia as the hosts won their fifth T20 World title in front of a home crowd defeating India by 85 runs.

In fact, that’s an understatement – the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Final will be seen as the day which marked the dawn of a new era for women’s sport worldwide.

Five years in the making, the most highly-anticipated occasion in the sport’s history lived up to its billing by setting a new attendance record not just for a women’s sporting event in Australia, but for women’s cricket globally.

It may have fallen just short of beating the world record attendance for a women’s sporting fixture, but 86,174 fans filling the iconic MCG is a sight for any sports fan to behold.

In the six previous editions of the tournament, the highest Final crowd came in 2009 when 12,717 watched England beat New Zealand in Sydney.

And seeing 73,000 more turn up in Melbourne for the same event 11 years later is a true testament to how far the game has come.

“I never thought I’d be playing in front of a crowd like this,” said Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner.

“It was amazing to have all those people before us.”

What the match had achieved was apparent before the stadium gates had opened as fans streamed into Melbourne Park in their hundreds up to seven hours before the first ball was bowled.

Seas of yellow and blue engulfed the concourse as fans from all walks of life – male and female, boys and girls, young and old – came together through a love of cricket.

But it was when those fans entered the bowl that the real weight of the achievement hit home.

The noise was deafening from the offset – let alone when Alyssa Healy hit back-to-back sixes to set Australia on their way to lifting the title on home soil.

The crowd figures will be talked about for years to come, but you don’t have to look far to realise that filling the MCG for a women’s sport fixture will not be a one-off.

Records had been broken long before the gates at The G had even opened.

By the conclusion of the group stage, fans had engaged with an ICC women’s tournament in greater numbers than ever before.

Since the 2018 tournament, there has been a 1600 per cent increase in viewing minutes in Australia while the ICC’s digital and social platforms have attracted an unprecedented 701 million video views to date – 600 million more than the 2017 50-over tournament recorded overall.

When we look at it that way, filling the MCG was just the icing on the cake for a ground-breaking two weeks in the world of women’s sport.

The best part is those numbers were always a possibility rather than a mere pipe dream.

But this tournament is about so much more than the figures – it’s a defining moment for men, women, cricket lovers and sport fans across the globe.

The players who took to the field at the MCG were representing every female who has come before them and giving this generation the platform to shine will undoubtedly change the sport for the better.

Amidst the sea of face-painted children were not only young girls with new role models to look up to but also boys wearing Australia shirts with Jess Jonassen’s name on the back.

“Everyone is talking about what a big day this is for women’s game, I think it’s a big day for cricket,” said ICC commentator Harsha Bhogle.

“In small towns in India, they’ll all be watching these girls and saying ‘I want to be her on the big stage as well.’”

Australia’s winning 184 is the highest total in a T20 World Cup Final across both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

So if Sunday night proved anything, it’s that it doesn’t matter who’s playing – sport always has the potential to be our greatest spectacle.

Cricket is a sport that brings joy to so many worldwide and now it’s proved it can successfully expand its circle.

And if this tournament is anything to go by, that circle is only going to get bigger and bigger.

Umpires appointed for the epic ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Final

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Photo: ICC

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 6 March 2020: The umpires and officials for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Final have been appointed following the conclusion of the semi-finals in Australia.

New Zealand’s Kim Cotton and Pakistan’s Ahsan Raza will stand as on-field umpires for the Final, which sees four-time champions Australia take on first-time finalists India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The match will take place at 18h00 on 8 March – International Women’s Day – with New Zealand’s Cotton taking charge of her first Women’s T20 World Cup Final.

The 42-year-old stood in Australia’s semi-final victory over South Africa at the SCG, with the match in Melbourne set to be her fifth of the tournament.

Cotton will be joined on the field by Pakistan umpire Raza who, like his colleague, is standing in the Final for the very first time.

Raza was due to officiate in India’s washed-out semi-final with England, while his experience of Australia-India contests stretches back to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 semi-final.

Supporting the on-field umpires will be West Indies’ Gregory Brathwaite, who is TV umpire for what is set to be a historic occasion in Melbourne.

Zimbabwe’s Langton Rusere, an on-field official for the 2018 Final, will be the fourth umpire this time around while Chris Broad of England will oversee the game as match referee.

80,473 attend Day 1 of the Domain Boxing Day Test 2019 between Australia and New Zealand

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Photo: Cricket Australia, Twitter.

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, 26 December: With the Sun shining over the MCG 80,473 supporters today attended Day 1 of the Domain Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand – the largest ever crowd for a day of Test cricket between the two nations.

“Today’s attendance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was the second-largest Day 1 crowd at a Boxing Day Test for a non-Ashes fixture – behind only the 85,661 who turned out to watch Australia play the West Indies in 1975-76. Overall, it’s the sixth highest Day 1 Boxing Day Test crowd at the MCG including Ashes Tests, says a Cricket Australia media release.

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said the huge crowd at the MCG spoke to the popularity and vibrancy of Test cricket in both Australia and New Zealand.

“Thanks so much to the Australian and New Zealand fans who made history at the MCG today,” Roberts said.

“The atmosphere was brilliant from ball one and reflective of the great rivalry between our two nations on the field, and the close relationship we have off it.

“We can’t wait to be back at the MCG on March 8 next year, as we seek to eclipse today’s crowd at the Final of the ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 on International Women’s Day.”

The previous Day 1 record for an Australia-New Zealand Test at the MCG was 51,087 in 1987/88.

Australian ODI squad for the Qantas Tour of India; Peter Siddle joins Test squad

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, December 17, 2019: The National Selection Panel (NSP) of Cricket Australia has named the following 14-player Australian squad for the Qantas Tour of India from January 14-19.

Australia:

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Steven Smith (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

National Selector Trevor Hohns said: “Similar to the Test team, we are wanting the white ball squad to continue the form of the unbeaten T20 Series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“The performance of our white ball squads has been strong, and we are hoping to build the momentum towards the T20 World Cup at home at the end of the year and ultimately build towards the 2023 ICC World Cup in India.

“The performance of the top order at home through the T20 Series was very strong so we look for that to continue in the Indian ODI series. We also believe Marnus Labuschagne is ready for his international white ball debut after his strong form for Queensland in this form of the game.

“Ashton Turner has proven himself in India with his ability to adapt to local conditions as did Peter Handscomb who joined the squad at the most recent World Cup. Peter also doubles as a backup keeper if required while Ashton Agar adds to the squad with his all-round abilities.

“In terms of the bowling group we are sticking with combination that are performing well. Sean Abbott and Kane Richardson are in the squad following the successful T20 campaign.

“Adam Zampa and his growing combination with Agar is also something the selectors want to see more of while Nathan Lyon remains in the one-day squad selection frame.

“It is great to see Glenn Maxwell returning to the game in the Big Bash League. We will closely monitor his form after what would have been disappointing 12 months in the one-day game by his standards.”

Australia’s Senior Assistant Coach Andrew McDonald will lead the group to India. Head Coach Justin Langer will remain in Australia having spent the majority of the last 18 months away from home.

“As one of the leadership group, it’s important to show that not only are we focussed on getting the balance right for the players but equally the coaches and staff, head coach included,” Langer said.

“Macca is an exceptional coach in all forms of the game and has been fantastic since coming on board. He will do a great job with this squad. We are in very, very good hands.”

Qantas Tour of India:

January 14: First ODI Australia v India, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
January 17: Second ODI Australia v India, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
January 19: Third ODI Australia v India, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

It was also announced today Victorian paceman Peter Siddle will be brought into the 13-man squad for the injured Josh Hazlewood for the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand at the MCG.
“Peter has been brought in as a 13th player for Melbourne. He is a proven Test match performer with an exceptional knowledge of the MCG which will be a valuable part of our preparation,” Hons said.

Dreams come true: Truganina Cricket Club at the MCG for T-20 match

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MELBOURNE, 2 October: Cricket Victoria made the dream come true for the Truganina Cricket Club when its members were offered a special invitation to watch the T20 match between Australia and Sri Lanka from the MCG sitting on the Woolworth Bean Bags.

“Awesome experience of watching the match from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and close to the action. Stepping on the MCG turf is a privilege and being interviewed on the giant screen was the icing on the cake, ” says Jamal Mohammed, TCC coach.

TCC was represented at the match by President Hassan Ahmed and Coaches Qadeer Mohammed, Abdullah Mohammed and Jamal Mohammed, says a Facebook post by the TCC.