The full fixture set for the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia next year, will be announced on January 21, 2022, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday.
The next edition of the showpiece event will comprise a total of 45 matches, which will be played across seven venues in Australia — Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
The T20 World Cup 2022 will be held between October 16 and November 13 next year, which will be exactly an year after the Aaron Finch-led Australian side lifted its maiden T20 World Cup title in the UAE recently defeating New Zealand.
Issuing a statement, the global cricket governing body said: “The Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is less than 11 months away and fans can soon start preparing their World Cup experience with the full fixture set to be announced on January 21, 2022. With the announcement of the fixture, fans will be able to plan which matches they want to attend and where, before tickets go on sale to the public on February 7, 2022.”
“The final will be hosted under lights at the MCG on 13 November 2022, while the semi-finals will be hosted at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Adelaide Oval on November 9 and 10, respectively,” it added.
The ICC further stated: “As announced in November, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 champions Australia and runner-up New Zealand plus Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan and South Africa as the next highest ranked teams will gain direct entry into the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.”
“Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will play in Round 1. The four remaining spots at Australia 2022 will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments one to take place in Oman in February and the other in Zimbabwe in July,” it added.
Recently after advancing to the ‘Super 12’ stage of the just concluded T20 World Cup 2021, which was held in Oman and the UAE, Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka had confirmed their spot for the next edition of the showpiece event.
The four remaining spots will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway taking place across the five regions, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments in early 2022, the ICC had said recently.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be the biggest global sporting event to be hosted in Australia as it will witness 16 teams, which will play 45 matches around the country.
The just concluded edition of the T20 World Cup was son by the Aaron Finch-led Australia, which had defeated the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai on November 14.