The 2022 T20 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 is scheduled to be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 9 and Adelaide Oval will host the second on November 10.
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 tournament was initially supposed to be held last year in the same timeframe but was postponed to 2022 following the 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.
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