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MCG to host final of 2022 T20 World Cup

MCG to host final of 2022 T20 World Cup

The successive Twenty20 World Cup final will be held under lights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on November 13 next year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.

The tournament was scheduled in Australia behind schedule 2020 but delayed two years because of the COVID pandemic.

Australia will secure the title on home soil after winning the most recent edition by beating New Zealand on Sunday in Dubai.

The tournament will take place from October 16 to November 13 next year across seven cities in Australia, with Sydney Cricket Ground Adelaide Oval hosting the semi-finals on Nov. 9 and 10.

Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, and Perth will also stage matches, providing current inter-state travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 have been relaxed.

The MCG hosted the 2020 women's Twenty20 World Cup final, attracting a record crowd of 86,174 to watch Australia beat India just as the new coronavirus first arrived in the country.

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Chris Tetley, the ICC's head of events, said in a press release.

"After the success of ICC women's T20 World Cup in 2020 and a two year delayed, our sights are now steadily set on planning for the 2022 ICC event,"

"With 12 teams already book their slot in the line-up, we eagerly await the climax of the qualification action to see which other teams will reach ahead."

Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, and South Africa have already qualified for the Super 12 stage of the tournament.

Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, and West Indies will feature in the opening round, and four other teams to be decided at qualifying tournaments in Oman and Zimbabwe next year.

Australia has never previously staged the men's Twenty20 World Cup, but the MCG has twice been the venue of the 50-overs World Cup final, most recently in 2015 when the hosts thrashed New Zealand in front of 93,013 fans.

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