ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Ellyse Perry has been joined by a host of sporting legends in a new video released today to mark two years until the ICC Women’s World T20 2020 Final.
The video sees Ellyse Perry seek out the advice of several household names about what it means to compete in a world event at home with have the hopes of a nation riding on every moment as she, and cricketers around Australia and the world, begin the countdown to the ICC Women’s World T20 2020, being hosted throughout Australia and culminating in the Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on International Women’s Day, and aims to return to winning ways in the World T20, with the next edition of the event to be held in the West Indies in 2018.
The talented sportspeople featured in the content piece are:
Ellyse Perry – Ellyse Perry has come off a year that has seen her take part in Australia’s defence of the Women’s Ashes on home soil, lead her Sydney Sixers side to WBBL glory, and claim both the Belinda Clark Award and ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year titles. Ellyse is no stranger to performing at the highest levels, having been a part of Australian World Cup and World T20 campaigns in the past, but never at home.
Catherine Freeman OAM – Catherine Freeman was already a sporting champion when Sydney hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics, but it was at this event she became a part of Australian sporting legend. Honoured with the responsibility of lighting the Olympic Cauldron at the opening ceremony, Catherine then realised her dream of winning gold in the 400m final eleven nights later, all with the hopes of the nation upon her.
Pelé – Pelé is regarded by many as the greatest football player of all time and is a national hero in Brazil. Beginning his club career at the age of 15, and debuting for his country a year later, Pelé became a household name in Brazil and around the world over the course of a career in which he scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 games, a record for the most career goals. Pelé was at his spectacular best on the world stage, helping Brazil to FIFA World Cup victory a record three times – in 1958 (as the youngest player to ever win a World Cup) 1962, and 1970 – and retiring as the all-time leading goal scorer for his country, with 77 goals in 92 games.
Sachin Tendulkar – Sachin Tendulkar is celebrated as one of the finest cricketers to have ever played the game. In a 24-year international career that began when he was just 16 years old, Sachin accumulated the most international runs and centuries and in the process, became a revered figure in India and highly respected across the cricketing world. Sachin played in six ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments (1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011), helping his side to victory at home in the 2011 edition to fulfil the hopes of the thousands of fans at the match and the millions throughout India and the world.
John Eales AM – John Eales is recognised as the most successful captain in the history of Australian Rugby, claiming victory in 41 of his 55 matches in charge. John is also amongst a small number of players to have won two Rugby World Cups, having been involved in the successful 1991 and 1999 campaigns.
Jessica Watson OAM – At just 16 years of age, Jessica Watson wrote herself into Australian sporting history when she completed her 210-day journey to become the youngest person to sail solo, nonstop around the world, an achievement that earned her the acclaim of the country and saw her named the Young Australian of the Year in 2011.
The ICC Women’s World T20 2020 will see the world’s 10 best women’s teams come to Australia to battle it out for the ultimate prize in T20 cricket from 21 February to 8 March 2020. Teams will start their journeys in Brisbane and Adelaide, where Allan Border Field and the redeveloped Gladys Elphick Park (Narnungga) will host five teams each for warm up matches. The opening match of the ICC Women’s World T20 will take place at Sydney Showground Stadium at Sydney’s Olympic Park. Along with Sydney Showground Stadium, Manuka Oval in Canberra, Junction Oval in Melbourne and the WACA will host Women’s Group matches.
Both Semi Finals will take place, on consecutive days, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), giving travelling fans the best chance of seeing their teams and bringing the festival to the harbour city in the final week of the competition. The final of the ICC Women’s World T20 2020 will take place on International Women’s Day 2020, Sunday 8 March, at the MCG, with the aim of creating a world-record attendance for a women’s sporting match.
Australia will also host the ICC Men’s World T20 2020 from 18 October to 15 November 2020. 16 teams from around the world will take part in the competition that will be played in Geelong, Hobart, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney.
For full details about the ICC World Twenty20 2020, and to register for tournament updates, fans encouraged to visit icc-cricket.com/worldt20.
Fixture and ticketing information for the ICC World Twenty20 2020 will be released in due course.