ICC announces T20 World Cup one-year countdown with ticket sales

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Precisely 366 days before the T20 Men’s World Cup 2020 first ball will be bowled on October 18 next year, International Cricket Council has announced ticket sales for the men’s and women’s tournaments to be played in Australia.

All tickets for both the women’s and men’s tournaments will go on sale at t20worldcup.com from today (Friday), ICC has stated in a Press release.

The standalone women’s event will take place first, from February 21 to March 8, while the men’s event follows later from October 18 to November 15.

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The focus is firmly on families and communities, with children’s tickets starting at A$5 (₹ 245) and adult tickets available from A$20 (₹ 975) across both tournaments.

To mark the one year-to-go until the men’s tournament milestone, the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 has also launched the ‘Welcome to the Big Dance’ campaign. Alongside capturing the movement, energy, and excitement that is expected from the players and fans at the event, ‘Big Dance’ also refers to the colloquial Australian sporting term, which is often used in reference to the pinnacle of a major sporting event.

More than one million fans are expected to attend the two tournaments.

The T20 World Cup forms part of a ground-breaking 12 months for cricket in Australia, starting today (Friday) with the beginning of the first standalone WBBL that will lead into the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, starting in February.

“We are incredibly excited at the prospect of two ICC T20 World Cups in a single calendar year in Australia, where we know we can be guaranteed big crowds of passionate supporters from around the world. As we saw this summer in the UK, our global events offer a unique opportunity to bring fans from all the competing nations together to celebrate the game they love. The atmosphere that creates combined with the world’s best T20 players taking the stage, makes for a fantastic experience,” said ICC CEO Manu Sawhney.

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“I am proud too of our commitment to make both the men’s and women’s events as accessible as possible, giving a new generation of cricket fans the chance to experience T20 World Cup cricket.”

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee CEO Nick Hockley added, “2020 is going to be a huge year for cricket and we are privileged to have the best women’s and men’s players coming to Australia to compete for T20 cricket’s biggest prize.

“T20 cricket by nature has a festival atmosphere and ‘The Big Dance’ is all about celebrating the cultures of the competing teams and setting the stage for a World Cup atmosphere that people can enjoy with friends and family.

“We’ve worked really hard to make sure the event is accessibly priced. A family of two adults and two kids will be able to see both women’s and men’s T20 World Cup cricket from just $50.”

It’s the first time that Australia will host the T20 World Cup, with matches to be played in eight host cities and 13 venues around the country.

Ten teams – Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies – have already qualified for the 16-team men’s tournament. The remaining six places will be determined at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier event, which starts in the UAE today, 18 October, and concludes on  November 2.

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India has lost out on the opportunity to win the ICC Men’s World Cup title, will be among the front runners for the T20 crown. “The T20 World Cup in 2020 is a big focus for us, and it’s important that we use the next 12 months to place ourselves in the best possible position to compete for another major ICC trophy. Our players will be really motivated to take their opportunities when they get selected for T20I matches to put themselves forward for the T20 World Cup, as we want to have a settled team combination by the time we get to Australia,” said Virat Kohli.

“India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 when the format was new and the future a bit unknown. Since then, T20 cricket has truly come of age and it would be an honor to be the second Indian captain to lift the T20 World Cup trophy, and hopefully the third if the Indian women can win it earlier in 2020.

“We receive such incredible support when we play in Australia, with stadiums often packed with a sea of blue shirts. I hope to see more of that when we come back to Australia next year.”

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TICKETS

Ø Tickets can be purchased at the official ICC T20 World Cup website, com

Ø Tickets purchased through unofficial websites may not be legitimate

Ø Tickets listed on re-sale websites are done so in breach of Ticket Terms and Conditions and may, therefore, be canceled

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