The 2019 Cricket Wold Cup came to a stunning end on Sunday with hosts England and New Zealand playing out an all-time classic in front of an electric crowd at the Lord’s. Both sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for an extra over apiece. It meant England walked away with the World Cup by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes – 26 to New Zealand’s 17 – in the entire match.
The cricketing world will now take some time to soak in the thrilling World Cup which exceeded all the expectations. However, the fans and the players will not be able to relax for long as the upcoming days are only going to get better and busier. The 2020 World T20 is just over a year away now. Australia will host the men’s and women’s World T20 next year.
The events in 2020 will mark the first instance where men and women’s tournaments will be standalone events in the same host country. The upcoming tournament will also be the first World T20 being held in Australia who have co-hosted two 50-over World Cups.
The women’s competition will be held from February 21 to March 8, while the men’s will be held from October 18 to November 15. Both the finals will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The sixth and the previous edition of the World T20 was held in India in 2016. West Indies had won both the men as well as women’t editions.
Talking about the men’s tournament, a total of 12 teams will participate in the competition. As of 31 December 2018, the top nine ranked teams along with hosts Australia qualified directly for the 2020 World T20.
Of those ten teams, the top eight ranked sides qualified for the Super 12s stage of the tournament. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh did not qualify for the Super 12s. Both the teams will have to play in the group stage. They will be joined by the six teams who will qualify for the tournament through the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier. The top four teams from the group stage will then advance to the Super 12s