Gabba countdown to ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
Published Friday, 21 January, 2022 at 11:15 AM
Acting Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement
The Honourable Scott Stewart
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will play the internationally famous Gabba wicket over three match days from 30 October to 1 November with four Super 12 Stage games featuring Australia, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
The Gabba’s T20 World Cup tournament schedule, released today, includes a double-header on 1 November with England playing New Zealand in a replay of the thrilling 2021 World Cup semi-final.
Acting Sport Minister Scott Stewart said Queensland had plenty of runs on the board for hosting significant international and national sporting events.
“For cricket-loving Queenslanders, it doesn’t get much better than cheering on Australia’s defence of the Men’s T20 World Cup title at the world-famous Gabba,” Mr Stewart said.
“The Palaszczuk Government knows the importance of major sporting events to Queensland’s visitor economy and our pandemic recovery.
“As one of the country’s biggest events this year, the T20 World Cup is predicted to generate up to $5 million for Queensland’s tourism economy.
“That’s great news for the economic recovery of accommodation providers and our hospitality industry.
“This blockbuster event delivers a fantastic opportunity to witness and be inspired by the world’s best cricketers doing battle on the international stage.”
Queensland’s capital is among seven Australian cities hosting 45 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup games from 16 October to 13 November 2022.
Deputy Mayor Krista Adams said hosting four World Cup matches would be an extraordinary opportunity to showcase Brisbane to the world’s cricket fans.
“Hosting many of the world’s greatest cricketers at Queensland’s spiritual home of cricket, The Gabba, will further enhance our reputation as Australia’s premier destination for major sporting events,” Cr Adams said.
“Cricket has such a loyal fan base, and these matches will bring thousands of fans to Brisbane to visit our cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions whilst also beaming images of our city across the globe.”
ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO, Michelle Enright, said the release of the fixtures gives fans the opportunity to start planning their T20 World Cup experience, which is now just 268 days away.
“By having matches spread across the nation in seven host cities and making tickets accessibly priced, we are hoping as many people as possible will be able to experience the incredible atmosphere that international fans bring to global sporting events, as well as the unique, fast-paced and unpredictable nature of T20 cricket,” she said.
“World Cups are about bringing people from all backgrounds and cultures together and we hope to safely host over 800,000 fans at Australia’s iconic cricket venues later this year.”
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said a World Cup event in Queensland would reward local fans and volunteers as well as inspire future generations.
“We’re delighted to partner with the Queensland Government, Cricket Australia and The Local Organising Committee to be part of the World Cup in Queensland,” he said.
“We would encourage the Queensland cricket community to make plans to get to as many games as they are able to and support the event as strongly as possible.
"There will be many world class players on show, and we are confident their skills and abilities will inspire our young and aspiring players to continue with their own cricketing journey.”
The Gabba General Manager Mark Zundans said The Gabba was excited to add another stand-out event to the 2022 calendar.
“The Gabba continued to shine last year as the home of big sporting moments, hosting the first Ashes Test in front of 100,000 fans and reinstating ‘Fortress Gabba’,” he said.
“It’s great opportunity for The Gabba and Brisbane to again deliver on the world stage.”
Brisbane’s King George Tower will be lit up from 8pm tonight to celebrate The Gabba’s place on the World Cup itinerary.
“We’re kicking off the countdown to October with a dazzling lighting projection of imagery from all 16 cricketing nations competing for T20 World Cup glory,” Mr Stewart said.
“The 2022 ICC Men’s World Cup is a fantastic addition to Queensland’s golden decade of sport ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Brisbane Match Schedule:
Sunday 30 October 1:00pm Bangladesh vs Winner of Group B Qualifier
Monday 31 October 6:00pm Australia vs Runner-Up of Group B Qualifier
Tuesday 1 November 2:00pm Afghanistan vs Winner of Group A Qualifier
6:00pm England vs New Zealand.
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ICC Men's T20 World Cup images are here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g64i7xuud7axvdc/AAAPUS5bYsTTdPWLTBUSx8bMa?dl=0