T20 World Cup final set for MCG next November

The MCG will host the final for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup on November 13, while the SCG and Adelaide Oval will host the semi-finals on November 9 and 10.

The tournament, which was originally due to be held in 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now begin on October 16 next year. Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart and Perth are the other host cities.

Australia will defend their title in just 11 months’ time.Credit:Getty

The ICC confirmed the details of the tournament on Tuesday. The full fixture will be released in January.

Australia won the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE on Monday, and will have just 11 months to celebrate their title before defending it on home soil.

The team has automatically qualified for the Super 12 stage, or second round, of next year’s tournament, as have runners-up New Zealand. England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have also qualified as the next six highest-ranked teams.

Sri Lanka, the West Indies, Scotland and Namibia have already automatically qualified for the first round of the tournament. There are four more places still to be decided by qualifier events next year.

The MCG hosted the most recent edition of the women’s final, in March 2020, won by Australia before a crowd of more than 85,000.

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