Cricket Australia has released more information on the reasons behind their decision to host the 2020 Women’s World Twenty20 separately from the men’s competition, as approved by the ICC yesterday.
The tournament was originally intended to be a double-header competition with the men’s and women’s matches played across the same period, as has been the case in previous competitions.
However, the success of the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League – which featured record crowds and peak viewing figures of over 400,000 – convinced Cricket Australia that a standalone women’s tournament was the right way forward.
The women’s tournament will now take place in February and March of 2020, with the men’s version to follow in October/November.
CA Chairman David Peever said:
“Having the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 as a stand-alone event means we can hold it in stadiums that we can fill, put on TV at prime-time and ensure it has the space to be promoted as the main event, away from the shadow of the men’s game.”
“WBBL has taught us that there is an audience for women’s cricket both live and on prime-time television and this decision means we have the opportunity to hold the biggest women’s sporting event ever held in Australia.”
The decision comes on the back of the last joint World Twenty20 in India, which was widely regarded as disappointing for the women’s game, with many of the matches played out to empty stadiums.