Brisbane will host four Twenty20 cricket world cup matches in 2020 under a deal welcomed today by Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones.
The Gabba will host four Super 12 matches in the men’s tournament while Allan Border Field will host a training camp for five international teams in the lead-up to the women’s tournament.
“Queenslanders know the Gabba is the best venue in the world to watch cricket and the ICC World Twenty20 tournament gives us a chance to show that to the rest of the world,” Ms Jones said.
“It also gives us a great opportunity to showcase our world-class training and preparation facilities at Allan Border Field, including Cricket Australia’s National Cricket Centre, to five of the world’s best international teams.”
Ms Jones said the announcement was not only significant for local cricket fans but also for the tourism industry.
“Limit overs cricket is one the fastest growing sports in the world so this announcement is a great win for Queensland businesses,” she said.
“We know major events help to drive visitors to our great state – under the Palaszczuk Government this sector is tipped to be worth $780 million to Queensland this year, up from $600 million last year.
“We expect these fixtures to generate more than $5 million for Brisbane’s economy and we hope sports fans visiting Queensland stay here for longer than the duration of the tournament to explore some of our world-class attractions.”
The women’s competition will run from February 21 to March 8, 2020 and it will be the first time the tournament has been held as a standalone event.
The iconic Gabba will host four Super 12 matches as part of the men’s competition, which will run from October 18 to November 15, 2020.
Queensland’s World T20 matches will be delivered in partnership between the Queensland Government, Tourism and Events Queensland, Stadiums Queensland, Brisbane Marketing, Queensland Cricket and the World T20 Local Organising Committee.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said he looked forward to working with the government and associated agencies to make the Twenty20 world cup a successful event to inspire the next generation of boys and girls to love cricket.
“Fans will enjoy seeing the best of the best at Queensland’s world class venues, as we showcase our State to the world,” he said.
“Additionally, the legacy that the World T20 events will deliver shall provide cricket at all levels in Queensland with a strong boost to participation levels and growth.”
The Queensland Government is proud to support the World T20 and looks forward to welcoming players, teams and officials to Brisbane in 2020.
For more information on the tournament visit www.icc-cricket.com/worldt20