Officials confirmed Tuesday that the Twenty20 World Cup will be held across seven venues in Australia next year, with Sri Lanka and the West Indies forced to compete for a spot in the Super 12.
The tournament, which was supposed to take place in Australia in 2020 but was postponed for two years due to coronavirus, will take place between October 16 and November 13.
A total of 45 matches will be played in Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, with the final taking place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground under lights.
The semi-finals will be held in Sydney and Adelaide.
“Following the success of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020 and a two-year postponement, our sights are now firmly set on planning for the 2022 event,” International Cricket Council head of events Chris Tetley said.
Australia will be the defending champions after defeating New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai on Sunday, with both of this year’s finalists automatically qualifying for the Super 12 stage, along with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, and South Africa, the top eight ranked teams. Sri Lanka and the West Indies will compete in the preliminary round alongside Namibia, Scotland, and four other countries determined by two qualifying tournaments, one in Oman in February and one in Zimbabwe in June-July 2022.