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Women's T20 World Cup final was played between Australia and India (Source: Twitter)

The 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup which saw Australia overpowering India in the final has bagged a special recognition. The final showdown of the marquee tournament was witnessed by a record breaking number of people. Incidentally, it was also the last women’s cricket event before the hiatus enforced due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup bagged the recognition for the best sporting event at the 2020 Australian Event Awards. According to a media release from ICC, the ground-breaking tournament attracted an overall attendance of more than 1,36,000 people to 23 matches in six host cities around the country and generated unprecedented television and digital audience numbers.

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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Trophy. (Photo Source: ICC)

2020 Women’s T20 World Cup culminated in a crowd of 86,174 at the final

“We are thrilled to receive these awards as recognition for what was an incredible event, which featured amazing performances from players on the field and unprecedented support from fans who filled venues around the country and watched in huge numbers on TV,” said Hockley, the CEO of the ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee.

“The event was only made possible through the support of governments around the country, our world-class venues, the ICC, Cricket Australia, State & Territory cricket associations, commercial partners, media and broadcasters, suppliers, volunteers, players and of course the fans.

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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup (Source: Twitter)

It culminated in a crowd of 86,174 at the final between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the International Women’s Day (8 March), a record attendance for a women’s sporting event in Australia and the second-highest attendance at a women’s sporting fixture anywhere in the world, ever.

The awards were announced on Wednesday (21 October) evening during a series of simultaneous functions held across Australia. The Australian Event of the Year winner is chosen from the national winners of the best event categories and recognises an event that excels against the criteria of its category and demonstrates an outstanding example of innovation and best practice in the events industry.