If everything goes according to plan, 2020 women’s World Twenty20 cricket final, which is scheduled to be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground could set the world record for attendance at a female sporting event.
Both the men’s and women’s final will take place at the MCG, just 6 months apart from each other as Cricket Australia look to capitalise on the success of the Big Bash League and the 2015 World Cup that was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The International Cricket Council believes that hosting the men’s and women’s final at the same ground would give the matches an equal billing in order to encourage the public to come into the ground.
“The women’s final will take place on International Women’s Day 2020, Sunday 8 March, with the aim of creating a world-record attendance for a women’s sporting match,” the ICC said in a statement.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground has held some memorable matches in the past and even the final of the 2015 World Cup. The previous record for attendance at a women’s sporting event was set in 1999 when 90,185 fans watched the United States take on China in the final of the Women’s World Cup at the Rose Bowl stadium in California.
However, the officials at Cricket Australia believe that the 100,000 capacity MCG could break that record if they manage to make the tournament more inclusive and accessible for the locals and cricket fans who will flock to the country.
The T20 World Cup for the 10 women’s team and 16 men’s team will be held in 8 cities across Australia. The semi-final for the women’s tournament will be held on consecutive days in Sydney, while the men’s semi-final will take place in Sydney and Adelaide respectively.