To the sports enthusiasts out there, this year so far has not gotten off to a great start. And we’re afraid it looks bleak in the coming weeks too. 

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak concerns, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that the Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL) is, as of now, postponed. The suspension of one of the most anticipated sporting events comes as no surprise, though the disappointment hangs heavy. 

Though the official announcement has not yet been made, the lockdown extension announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put things in bright light. The lockdown which has been extended from April 14th to May 3rd to combat COVID-19 makes it necessary to postpone the IPL matches.

The BCCI and IPL franchise owners hope to find a suitable window to host the tournament later this year when the lockdown is over.

They were initially scheduled to begin on March 29th at the Wankhede stadium with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings facing off in the opening match. The nationwide lockdown led to speculations of the IPL being converted to a closed-door event, where the teams play in an empty stadium and have the game televised. 

The global pandemic has led to most of the cricket tournaments being cancelled or postponed across the world. England has delayed the start of their series tentatively to March 28th. The India vs South Africa to be held in March had to be called off by the BCCI as well, seeing as the number of COVID-19 cases has risen dramatically in both countries. The ongoing Chappell-Hadlee series between Australia and NZ, along with the PSL games in Karachi was held without an audience as part of the social distancing protocols being taken worldwide.

Besides, the BCCI has also confirmed that the Australia Women’s tour of South Africa, the Africa T20 Cup, and World XI vs Asia XI have all been put on hold.  

It’s not just cricket that has fallen victim to the pandemic though. Several global events including parts of the ATP Tennis tour, a slew of football matches, and the NBA tournament (National Basketball Association) have been suspended due to the rapid spread of coronavirus around the world. 

As on April 24th, the official report of the number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 20,000 with the death toll crossing 650. The lockdown scenario remains for the foreseeable future, and the government might lift restrictions in areas where the situation is under control after May 3rd.

According to the WHO, COVID-19 has affected more than 200 nations so far, mainly hitting the US and Italy hard. With 2 million positive cases and the death toll is inching closer to 2,00,000. 

According to the WHO, COVID-19 has affected more than 200 nations so far, mainly hitting the US and Italy hard. With 2 million positive cases and death toll inching closer to 2,00,000 world over, it makes sense to hold all public gatherings. As much as we will miss cheering for our favourite teams, it’s more important to win the battle against coronavirus. So stay home and stay safe everyone.

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 has seen some magnificent clashes amongst the great teams. The crowd has already witnessed matches and the teams fighting for the title in great attendance. The numbers went high on both the scoreboard and the stadium when 13432 of them attended the mega clash between Australia and India at Sydney Showground Stadium on 21st February. As the event is nearing its closure, over 50,000 tickets to the Final have been sold already. The tournament is set to witness a huge crowd again on the Melbourne Cricket ground to see Team India and Australia fighting for the final time once again. The tournament is ending on the same note that it started and that is why the ground managers and cricketing staff are expecting to watch the overcrowded MCG on 8th March 2020.

Often called as the sporting capital of the world, Melbourne is close to host a historic sporting occasion. The tournament has grabbed a lot of eyeballs and all the gathered attention has reflected in the increased strength of women’s cricket all over the world. With almost 5 of the 10 matches that has gone to the final over, the competitiveness of the women’s cricket has formed a new shape with the redefined tangent.

The final celebrations of the tournament that is set to happen on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The Global pop sensation Katy Perry will be performing during both the pre-match show and post-match concert.

Audience has shown great love towards this tournament and hence the tickets have pocket friendly prices. The tickets are available for just $20 for adults and all children’s tickets are $5. The cricket enthusiasts can also login to t20worldcup.com to book their tickets online and can contribute to the opportunity of #FILLTHEMCG. Everyone is expecting people in great numbers and a new record for the highest attendance at a women’s sporting fixture seems to be in the making.

The last time people came to cheer the ladies in a tournament in large numbers was at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, when 90,185 witnessed the USA beat China at the Rose Bowl in California, USA.

The final showdown is set to start at 6:00 PM AEDT. With Katy Perry leading a full pre-game show, fans are expected to be at the MCG by 5:00 PM.

The two great sides in the final, Australia is set to defend the title once again as it entered the finals with a nail biting victory over New Zealand at Junction Oval on Tuesday, while team India is ready to lift the cup for the first time in its Maiden Final appearance, after it qualified for the finals by beating England in a rain-washed match. Defending champions Australia also witnessed a record crowd of 5,614 attendees when it faced Bangladesh to qualify for the semifinals. With India maintaining the winning streak on point, it will be interesting to see a thrilling final over the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 has seen a great rise in the interest of fans turning up for the women’s cricket as compared to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2017. The number of ticket sales has gone up more than twice as the number of tickets that were pre-sold to the Lord’s final.

The women’s Indian Cricket Team reached the finals of ICC Twenty-20 world cup for the first time. But, not even a single ball was bowled and this was because the whole match was rained out. The Indian team led by Harmanpreet Kaur was going up against the England side but the match was called off due to heavy rain and the result was turned in favour of the Indian team as they moved into the finals.

The decision was taken on the basis of points tally of the group stage, where the Indian side had topped their table. This rule was not very welcomed by everyone as it was not fair for the side which had played their way through this point and stands amongst the best in the tournament.

Though the rule book says that each team needs to bat at least 5 overs each in case of a shortened match and to be considered a T20. Whereas the same over limit was revised to 10 overs for each team when playing in an ICC tournament. So, if 10 overs were not to be played, the match was eventually going to be called off. While this rule comes off as a drawback, what is even more surprising is the fact that there was no reserve day for the semi finals match.

Infact, ICC had declined Cricket Australia’s request to keep a reserve day for the semi finals. The request was declined as it was not ‘feasible’ to extend the duration of the ‘short and sharp’ T20 tournament, a spokesperson revealed.

Michael Vaughan, former England Men’s skipper was among the few who found this decision hard to comprehend.

Whereas Mithali Raj India Women’s ODI skipper congratulated her team but said she also felt for the England side.

If the game between Australia and South Africa would have been washed out then South Africa would have advanced to the finals to be played out at the MCG, as they were the ones who topped their points table in their respective group.

In the ICC Men’s ODI world cup last year, rain played a major role throughout the tournament and reserve days were kept for the semifinal matches in case they were disrupted.

The semi final match between India and New Zealand was completed on the reserve day as the game was disrupted by rain on the original day of the match. If the same rules as T20 world cup would have been applied, Virat Kohli led Indian team would have advanced to the finals as they were the ones who were at the top of their group in the round robin stage.

But ICC rules for men and women’s tournament are the same and the 2016 Men’s T20 world cup too, had no reserve days for the semi final matches. But unlike this year’s women’s T20 world cup, the semi finals were being played on different days.

While the final match does have a reserve day in case rain plays the spoilsport again, the question which remains is that why ICC declined the request when the hosts were ready to provide an extra day for the tournament to be played out in a decently fair manner.

This must sound shocking to you but yes legendary player Kapil Dev is not appreciating the return of the former captain of Indian team. As per the media reports, Kapil Dev has expressed his non-excitement about Dhoni returning on the play field. He also said that the league should be played by the younger generation and future stars. Before getting selected in India’s T20 world cup, Dhoni must play some matches.

From March 3, Dhoni will pilot his practices for the exciting and anticipated return into the IPL. As you all must be aware that after the ODI’s world cup played last year, there was uncertainty in the media about his career. Dhoni has also remained silent about the career speculations after the loss in the semifinal. Before the semi final exit, Captain of Chennai Super Kings led the country to conquer two world titles. In January, Dhoni’s name was crossed from BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players.

In the 5th Edition of HCL grant event, Kapil Dev said that  MS Dhoni is not the only person playing IPL. As a viewer, we want young players to get the bat and playing field, on whom we can be proud for the coming 10 years. If you see Dhoni’s record, he has done enough for the country. Kapil Dev also added that as Dhoni’s fan he would love him to play but as a cricketer, management has it all to decide. Dhoni has been out of the playing field for almost one year, so before entering the team he must play a few matches.

No one should be given special treatment, every player is the same and should follow the same parameter also added. As a cricket fan, everyone loves MS Dhoni on the playing field but he is on his last leg and Kapil wants the next generation to take the charge now and make their country proud on international ground.

Media also asked him about Jasprit Bumrah’s game. The 1983 world cup winning skipper is not a least bit worried. He is confident that Jasprit’s magic will be back on the field, he just needs a wicket-taking spell. He also commented that the body takes its own time to heal an injury and for a person or we can say cricketer like Jasprit Bumrah it will not take much time to be back in form. When asked about how confident he is about Jasprit, he said that the speedster’s former performances on the ground are enough to be confident about his comeback. Jasprit Bumrah went into a back injury.

As a Kapil Dev fan, I loved what he said about the cricketer that you need an inning as a batsman, one good spell as a bowler to make a great comeback. He only needs a few wickets. Kapil Dev also spoke in favour of management that they need to look at every aspect to select a player for a game. As an audience we just see one side of the puzzle. He also commented that the mistake in the opening test must be corrected by the team in the second game going to be held in Christchurch 07-03-2020 against New Zealand. 

The cricketing great has appreciated and very happy about the Indian women’s cricket team entering the semi final in the ICC women’s T20 world cup going on in Australia. He appreciated the BCCI for providing not only opportunities but also facilities to the girls in the cricket world. Compared with former 15 years, now the women cricket team is much more equipped and skilled to handle.

The Twenty 20 World Cup is nearing its end and we have already witnessed a nail-biting finish in one of the semi-finals. The match between India and New Zealand saw some crucial insights that raised the eyebrows and heartbeats of the fellow cricket enthusiasts.

India edged the semi-finals with a Harmanpreet Kaur special concocted with the Shafali Verma match winning innings at the Oval in Melbourne.

Verma got lucky after she cashed in on two dropped catches to reach 46 off 34. Her whip crack start to the innings set the initial innings to a high. Although the innings faded during the last overs, the scoreboard held enough runs to defend by the magnificent line of bowlers.

Shikha Pandey started off by taking her first wicket of the second innings, that got Suzie Bates and Devine impatient to deliver boundaries. Poonam Yadav was however fined for 18 runs in the 19th over by Amelia Kerr that made the game more intense as it was leading to a nail biting finish.

Hurricane Verma took no time to adjust to the slower Junction Oval surface from the pace of Perth. She took the half volley off to boundaries straight for six followed by another maximum at a generous full toss. The other end was not well supported till Taniya Bhatia stood strong before walking back to pavilion with a square cut off by Rosemary Mair that was grabbed by Kerr. The dropped chances made the innings of Verma more ragged before she was caught at the long-off. Jemiah Rodrigues front edged full toss provoked Kaur to hit the ball straight to the hands of Leigh Kasperek.

Kerr restricts India

The early overs of New Zealand made them lodge on spin as Devine called upon her seven bowlers to slow down India. The best of them was Kerr who surprised the opposition by her variations with skills and strategy. Her focus got her the wickets of Verma and Veda Krishnamurthy.

India started off strong with just one wicket down at 68 but were reduced to 111 for 7 before Pandey and Radha Yadav struggled between the stumps to gather some crucial runs. The team was restricted to 134 despite a strong start and New Zealand were probably confident about its chances of winning.

Slow bowling, fast exits

Indian spinners started off really slow with the pace and that helped India to put pressure on the openers to score quickly yet efficiently. The top order of New Zealand played presumptuously.  

Bates was left impatient to attack and made a pre-movement across the stumps. Deepti Sharma took advantage of the split second and NZ lost their third wicket. Devine mistimed the full toss by Poonam and was caught at the crucial stage after churning out the best of her game in the tournament.

New Zealand suffocated

Maddy Green and Katey Martin stood strong but the continuous surge of the required run rate added excitement to the much anticipated Indian crowd as they were inching close to the victory.

Fifty seven off 35 balls were required when Green decided to attack as it was the only option left. After Green walked back, Kerr delivered some magnificent insights to her batting skills as she stole 18 runs in the 19th and final over of Poonam. This  gave jitters to the crowd as the match entered its final over. Exceptionally bowled by Pandey, India finished it off in style and made way to the finals.

Qualification process of the most awaited tournament i.e. ICC Men’s T20 world cup, which will be hosted by India in 2021, is unveiled by the International cricket council (ICC). You must be eagerly waiting for the announcements. But before we come to the schedule, you must know that formerly played as ICC Champions Trophy, which was constituted of 8 teams is now replaced by T20 world cup 2021, where we will see 16 teams competing for the trophy. Of course you might be aware of this. Everyone knows it, even a 5-year child also loves and enjoys fascinating and thrilling cricket. 

So let’s get to the qualifying events for the T20 world cup 2021 for Men. Firstly eight teams will compete in 11 regional qualification matches that will be held in East Asia Pacific, America, Europe, Asia and Africa i.e. 5 ICC regions. These eight teams will play to evolve to get a seat in one or the other global qualifying matches. The remaining 8 teams, T20 world cup 2020’s bottom four teams will participate along with 4 teams ranked by T20I on 01-01-2020 (Hong Kong, Nepal, UAE, Zimbabwe) as best.

Only 12 teams will make it to the round 2 that will be held in Australia. These 12 teams will get the automatic entry card for the following year’s events. After that, the competition will go to the next level when the best teams of the world will play in 2 global qualifiers for 4 spots in the T20 world cup.

Chris Tetley, ICC head of events while talking to the media said that the decision was taken keeping in mind their commitment of global growth. Since cricket is lovable by the whole world, it is used as a vehicle to deliver the promise. He also informed that regional and global qualification tracks are well organized. It has been keenly taken care of, that despite the tight timelines, they deliver competitive and irresistible cricket.

He also said that while finalizing the criteria with Members, they have come across innumerable options. They find this approach best suited for both global and regional competitions for ICC T20 world cup 2021 for Men. Only those members are eligible for participation, who meets EPPC i.e. ICC Event Participation Criteria for the qualifying event of ICC Men’s T20 world cup 2021. ICC never fails to deliver the heart-stopping and hair-raising cricket with the best of the world in one field.

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Will Start from BCCI’s Tweet

The clock is ticking towards the 2020 ICC World T20 to be held in October this year, and Virat Kohli and Co will once again have their task cut out as their two-month-long stint in New Zealand gets underway with the five-match T20 series, starting with the first at Auckland’s Eden Park on Friday. While the gulf between the two teams is not that huge in terms of the T20 rankings with India fifth and New Zealand sixth, the Black Caps hold a far more favourable head-to-head record, having won eight out of the 12 matches. India have won thrice with one match ending in no result.

The Men in Blue are coming fresh off an inspired 2-1 comeback victory over Australia in the recently-held ODI series, but losing Shikhar Dhawan to an injury has been a huge blow, ahead of India’s tour of New Zealand. However, this provides an opportunity for the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur among few others on their debut trip to New Zealand to make a statement and potentially seal berths for the mega event in Australia this year. While New Zealand’s top-order batting boasts of captain Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, their bowling department is slightly young when compared to India’s, with Tim Southee, who has played 65 T20Is leading the pack. Ish Sodhi is the only other experienced bowler while Hamish Bennett returns to the senior national set-up after three years.

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 1st T20 2020 Squad, Schedule, Venue, Players List:

Preparations for the World Cup on top of their agenda, India will take on an injury-hit New Zealand in a rare five-match T20 International series starting on Friday during which seam-friendly wickets would be a major challenge for the visitors. Unlike most overseas tours, this will be a quick start for the Indian team. In a tight season, the first T20 comes only five days after their last ODI against Australia at home. The team arrived in Auckland on Tuesday and chose to rest on Wednesday. Thursday was when they hit the nets ahead of the tour-opening game. On the plus side, this hectic schedule helps the team management maintain consistency in team selection as they continue experimenting across the available squad in a World Cup year. The T20 World Cup 2020 is scheduled to be held in Australia in October this year. Despite the recent good record in the shortest format, there is a downbeat mood in the hosts’ dressing room thanks to the 3-0 shellacking received in Australia over the past month. It hasn’t helped matters that the disappointing loss to their trans-Tasman rivals has raised questions about Kane Williamson’s future as captain.

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With the beginning of the next year 2020, we are curious about what our team would look like for the T20 World Cup. 

Were you happy with how India’s last T20 World Cup campaign went? We all aren’t. But now the new concern is all about the new squad of ICC T20 World Cup 2020. Losing the opener early on a white-ball tournament can stress a lot throughout the game. And our last T20 World Cup Semi-Final campaign went like that. Though we had the home-advantage, our team didn’t achieve much from the Men in Blue. But this time we have a chance of starting everything as new. Though, India has ample time to streamline their team before the big tournament. India is scheduled to play against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and the Asia Cup before the World Cup.

The upcoming T20 WorldCup will be held in Australia in 2020. But since the BCCI is yet to confirm the list of the final XI, you can count out these three players from your list. 

MS Dhoni

The wicketkeeper-batsman has a strike rate of 127 even at the batting number 6-position. But he cannot go on forever, and the board needs someone to take over his place. Especially with Kohli, who has already taken over in the Tests, clearly ready to take complete control of the ship.

So, also, if it breaks your heart to see the Ranchi boy walk away like that, you have to let him go. But we can surely find him play at the IPL as usual.

Dinesh Karthik

The selectors at the time of CW 19, stated that Karthik’s experience and better wicket-keeping skills could possibly give us a replacement of MS for other formats. However, with just 14 runs in 3 matches, he failed to make a mark on his spot. 

Suresh Raina

He came into around 62 T20 matches and showed his brilliant performance. If you count the number of great T20 players India has produced, you will have to put Suresh Raina above all. However, the 29-year-old is now out of form, and his contribution of 41 runs from four innings with the bat was not convincing enough to include him in the T20 format.

Likely playing XI

Openers

The pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have most centuries as an opening pair in the T2OIs. These two have shown exceptional skills in the limited over cricket and shouldn’t be left out. Rohit always tops the chart when it comes to hitting big sixes.

Number 3

We don’t have to include the name, maybe because we already know who you are thinking about. With the jersey number 18 on his back, Virat Kohli is the marked name in the Number 3 position of India’s T20 over cricket with a 52.66 average rate. His average strike rate in 5 innings is around 149, and with that in mind, you cannot replace him with any other batsman in this batting position. The Indian captain can mold an inning no matter the format.

Middle Order- Number 4

We’ve seen Rishabh’s marvelous innings in the IPL for Delhi Capitals, but when it comes to international tournaments, he has struggled to showcase his talent. The team management has already shown an abundance of faith in him, maybe because he’s young and talented. And not to forget Dinesh Karthik’s inconsistency, leaving the management with not many options for a wicketkeeper-batsman. We are likely to see Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer based on the IPL performance might led into the 2020 T20 World Cup the final XI.

Number 5

We are expecting Shreyas Iyer to bat at 5. Shreyas with his limited opportunities at the international tournaments has managed to impress his fans and the management; Especially with his class performance against Bangladesh in November. Not to forget, Iyer has showcased the ability to change gears for Delhi in IPL. 

Number 6

We have seen Hardik Pandya showcasing his excellent all-rounder skills, and India needed someone like him. Pandya has the potential to change the game with both his batting and bowling. So, we would be hoping not only to see him in the squad but also igniting his considerable skills. Pandya can hit essential boundaries, and he even has a strike rate of around 150 in just 25 innings and also picks up crucial wickets. 

Number 7

Ravindra Jadeja is another all-rounder we can certainly not deny for the squad. He provides a great balance to the lower-middle order, and we have seen his skills in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. His spin bowling is great with his line and length, and indeed, he is one of the best fielders in the world. 

Number 8

Bhuvneshwar Kumar plays a crucial role in the power-play overs by swinging the new ball. His skills can be equally effective in the death-ball overs. With an economy rate of 7 in the T20 format, we cannot leave him out of the squad. 

Number 9

Deepak Chahar has impressed us a lot with his bowling skills over the past few tournaments. And based on his recent performances, we cannot think about losing him in the upcoming T20 match. The CSK bowler earned himself the man of the series award, against Bangladesh, with 8 wickets on his account. We’re expecting Chahar in the final XI.

Number 10

Yuzvendra Chahal is a wicket-taker in the format, and his spin bowling can pick up a couple of wickets when in need. So, we are not dared to count him out from the final XI list. He has a score of 52 wickets in 36 T20I matches, and with a strike rate of 16.21, he is a preferred choice for the T20 World Cup squad. 

Number 11

We had to pick him over anybody, and now he is at Number 11. Jaspreet Bumrah stands tall in both Tests and ODI rankings, making him one of the most lethal bowlers at the moment. Currently recovering from an injury, His yorker is often unplayable, and we are hoping to see him showing some magic in the upcoming tournament.

Apart from the playing XI, you can see some other young talents in the T20 World Cup squad and they include

Let’s not dodge out a gem, K L Rahul, for the opening position as well. KL Rahul, might mark his spot in the playing XI. His performance in the recent West Indies series in the absence of Shikhar can only cement his place in the team. This Naturally aggressive batsman is ranked 9th in T20I rankings.

  • Manish Pandey
  • Washington Sundar
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Sanju Samson
  • Shivam Dube
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Khaleel Ahmed

So, it will be interesting to see what the Indian cricket team management decides as a final team for T20 WC India. If you were willing to visit Australia, the T20 tickets are available now. Do tell us in the comments section, whom would you like to see in the playing XI.

The next big global cricketing event, the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia next year. It will be the 7th edition of the tournament. After the 2016 edition which was hosted by India, this is the first time this tournament will be back after four long years. Naturally, fans are getting crazy about the return of the biggest stage of the shorter format of cricket and crisis of tickets is expected due to the high demand of the same. 

So if you want to watch the tournament from the stands, you should be getting ready to purchase your copy of the ticket before it becomes unavailable. Follow this article to know every detail of the ticket buying procedure

Brief Details About Men’s ICC T20 World Cup 2020

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to start from 18th October while the final will be played on 15th November in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). 12 teams will battle it out for the ultimate prize in 20 over’s cricket. While 8 nations, including host nation Australia, have already confirmed their berths in the final rounds, there will be a qualifying round played to decide the last four nations. 

Bangladesh and Srilanka have reached the final qualifying round by virtue of ICC T20 rankings. They will be joined by Ireland, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands, Namibia, and Scotland in the final round of the qualifier. After an intense battle, four teams will join in the final rounds with the top 8 ranked team. 

The whole tournament will take place in seven Australian cities. Hobert and Geelong will host the final qualifier and Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide will host the final rounds. The two semi-final matches are scheduled in Sydney and Adelaide. The final will be played in MCG. 

T20 Ticket Prices 2020

Cricket Australia already reveals the prices of t20 tickets for every match. All the super 12 matches including final qualifying round’s matches will be sold for 5 AUD for children while 75% of these matches will have adult ticketing price of 20 AUD.

Prices increase in the business end of the tournament that is the knockout stage. Tickets for the first semi-final in Adelaide are priced at 40 AUD for adults and 10 AUD for children. The second semi-final in Sydney will have even higher-priced tickets at 90 AUD for adults and 20 AUD for children. 

Tickets for the final of the T20 World Cup in Melbourne are being sold at a minimum rate of 125 AUD for adults and 20 AUD for children. The best seats will cost a whopping 395 AUD.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on 20th December that they would continue collaboration with UNICEF till women’s ICC t20 World Cup 2020. Their target is to empower young girls through cricket. This extension of the contract will provide UNICEF with a unique platform for fundraising activities to boost up its awareness drive for the creation of a positive environment for women and girls.

Previous Collaborations

In ICC Men’s World Cup 2019, UNICEF arranged a campaign named “A Day 4 Children” and raised $180,000. This sum of money will directly go to fund a girl’s cricket project in Kabul, Afghanistan. This programme is set to run for about 12 months where a new cricket competition will be organised for school girls of different age groups. Separately, there will be a training camp held for about 120 cricket instructors and donation of modern cricketing equipment. 

There will be a similar project with the money raised in the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup. The project will include girl’s cricket promotion in Sri Lanka and build peace in the community. T20 tickets sales for the upcoming Women’s World Cup indicates project’s success. After all, it is the fans who can contribute towards the cause by coming out in large numbers and participating in in-stadium activities. 

ICC’s Thoughts on the Project

ICC’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Manu Sawhney said on the occasion of the deal announcement “We are delighted to extend our partnership with UNICEF to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. I want us to harness the extraordinary reach of our sport to empower women and girls around the world through cricket and using ICC events as a fundraising platform enables us to do that.”

Mr Sawhney also added, “Sport for development and in particular cricket can be a powerful tool to transform lives and the projects in Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka are designed to have a long-term positive impact with teachers being trained to deliver cricket to girls for years to come.”

About the Women’s T20 World Cup

The upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup is going to be the 7th edition of the tournament which started in 2009. It is a multi-nation biennial tournament which will be hosted in Australia next year. The tournament is set to take place from 21st February till 8th May across six cities of southern Australia. The final will be hosted in the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the biggest cricketing venue in the world.  

10 nations will be eyeing on the gorgeous trophy, and after 23 matches one nation will come victorious. Later that year, Australia will host men’s t20 WC India will be a favourite of that along with Australia, England, and two-times champion West Indies. 

About UNICEF

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) worked in some of the toughest places in the world, to reach the most unfortunate children of our planet. They have their presence in 190 countries and territories to build a better world for our future generations.

Original Source:- unicef.org.au