Australia is set to host a third cricket World Cup in 2020 with the World Indoor Cricket Federation announcing Melbourne as the host city for the eleventh Indoor Cricket World Cup from 10 – 17 October 2020.
The tournament will be held at two state-of-the-art, elite indoor cricket venues in Melbourne: Casey Stadium – home to the Australian Indoor Cricket National Championships – and CitiPower Centre – home to Cricket Victoria, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades.
Last held in Dubai in 2017, Australia are the reigning men’s and women’s Indoor Cricket World Cup champions seeking to keep their streak of never losing a World Cup in either division alive in the 25-year history of the tournament.
Cricketers from up to ten countries from around the world will compete at the World Cup in four divisions: 21 and under men, 21 and under women, open men and open women.
Executive General Manager of Community Cricket at Cricket Australia, Belinda Clark said:
“We look forward to welcoming the world’s best players to the 2020 Indoor Cricket World Cup as the host nation and defending champions in the men’s and women’s division.
“It’s not often cricketers get to participate in a world cup in their own backyard, but the Australian Indoor teams will relish the opportunity to join their Australian men’s and women’s T20 teams in 2020 who get this chance.
“This event is a great opportunity for our elite indoor teams to take centre stage and show the excitement and skill of this format of the game.
“Current Melbourne Renegade star, Cameron Boyce claimed two indoor cricket titles in 2019 – the national championship with Queensland and the National Indoor Cricket League with his club the Strathpine Burras – proving that the indoor game appeals to elite professional cricketers and those who play socially in local centres across Australia.
“Over 170,000 people play indoor cricket across Australia, with the fast, fun and social format providing opportunities to play all year around.
“Cricket Australia is proud to partner with the Victorian Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program, City of Casey and Cricket Victoria to host the championships which will be a curtain-raiser to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup the following week.”
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events in the Victorian Government, the Hon Martin Pakula MP said:
“Victoria is a natural home for big sporting events and we’re proud to be hosting another world championship in what already is a massive year for the state.
“This is a win for cricket fans and another boost for the Victorian economy.”
Australian squads for the 2020 Indoor Cricket World Cup will be announced following the Indoor Cricket National Championships at Casey Stadium from 27 June – 11 July 2020.