Nick Hockley, the CEO of the country’s cricket board, said on Wednesday that demand for tickets for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia later this year suggests the marquee will be home to the event.
Australia will host the eighth edition of the T20 showpiece tournament between October and November, with 16 teams fighting for the prize.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the Australia edition in 2020 and India hosted the event in the United Arab Emirates last year.
“We are really positive that the players are going to have a great experience,” Hockley told reporters on the sidelines of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Galle.
“Obviously it was going to be played in 2020, we are glad that the boundaries have opened up. Fans will be able to travel, tourists will be able to come, ticket sales are really going strong so (we) expect full stadiums.
Tickets for the event went on sale earlier this year, with the tournament starting on 16 October and ending on 13 November in Melbourne.
Aaron Finch-led Australia defeated New Zealand in the final last year to clinch the country’s first T20 World Cup title in Dubai.
Meanwhile, Hockley said he had no objection before sending a team to crisis-hit Sri Lanka, which is grappling with an unprecedented economic crisis.
“Together with our friends in Sri Lanka, we hope cricket brings some joy and we hope that this (our tour) contributes to something positive,” Hockley said. Beginning of two-match series
“And we hope that the current situation will improve as soon as possible.”
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