T20 World Cup 2022: Profiling 5 prominent venues of T20 World Cup
By Indraneel Chakrabarty: The eighth edition of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is just around the corner, and buzz over the clash among the best in the business is already skyrocketing. The journey, which started in South Africa in 2008 with India clinching the inaugural edition, has now reached Australia as the host and defending champions will get a golden opportunity to defend the title in front of a home crowd on November 13, 2022, at Melbourne Cricket Stadium.
The month-long ICC tournament featuring 16 teams will kick start on October 16 at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, with Sri Lanka taking on Namibia. In this article, we look at details, history, capacity and interesting trivias related to the five most prominent venues which are regarded as the best cricket grounds in Australia and will be the centre of attraction during the T20 World Cup 2022.
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Besides its popularity among cricketing aficionados, the ground also plays hosts to Ozzie footie better known as Australian Rules Football (since 1877), the Rugby League (1997-1998), besides a slew of other sports, like – archery, athletics, baseball, among others. The scenic ground is nestled across a magnificent backdrop of glorious gardens and swaying trees. Having hosted a total of 8 T20Is, the teams chasing have a slight edge having won 4 games versus teams defending a total (3).
Location: War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide, South Australia
Owner: South Australian Government
Operator: Adelaide Oval SMA Ltd.
B1 vs A2 (2nd Nov 2022) 1430h
BAN vs IND (2nd Nov 2022) 1830h (Night)
NZL vs B2 (4th Nov 2022) 1430h
AFG vs AUS (4th Nov 2022) 1830h (Night)
SA vs A2 (6th Nov 2022) 1030h
BAN vs PAK (6th Nov 2022) 1830h (Night)
2nd Semi-Final (10th Nov 2022) 1830h (Night)
Trivia: The first football game lit by electric light was played here, with Siemens manufactured lamps.
Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground (aka the Gabba)
The Gabbatoir’s magetic attraction stems from its global acclaim as one of the best cricketing wickets globally. Established in 1895, the Gabba, like Adelaide, has played host to several significant events besides cricket – The AFL, baseball, Olympic soccer, rugby and major sell-out concerts. The 6 T20Is hosted reflect a scorecard favouring the side batting first (4), versus those chasing (2).
Location: Woolloongabba, Queensland
Owner: Queensland Government
Operator: Stadiums Queensland
AUS vs B2 (31st Oct 2022) 1900h (Night)
AFG vs A1 (1st Nov 2022) 1400h
ENG vs NZL (1st Nov 2022) 1800h (Night)
BAN vs B1 (30th Oct 2022) 1300h
Trivia: First ground to host an international T20 match in was played at the Gabba on 9th Jan 2006 (Aus Vs S.Afr).
Venue: Perth Stadium (now Optus Stadium)
Not to be confused with its more illustrious sibling – the WACA, the Optus is a fairly new stadium having hosted just 2 T20I games. AFL and rugby, a staple for Australia’s much reputed sporting culture, too finds a home at the Optus besides being the venue for popular sell-out concerts.
Location: Burswood, Western Australia
Owner: Government of Western Australia
AFG vs ENG (22nd Oct 2022) 1900h (Night)
AUS vs A1 (25th Oct 2022) 1900h (Night)
PAK vs B1 (27th Oct 2022) 1900h (Night)
PAK vs A2 (30th Oct 2022) 1500h
IND vs SA (30th Oct 2022) 1900h (Night)
Trivia: The Optus Stadium is the most expensive stadium in Australia, built at a cost of A$ 1.6 billion.
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground (aka MCG)
The MCG’s 22-yards bears a reputation of being one of the most competitive surfaces in the cricketing world. Offering a fine balance between bat and ball, while it assists bowlers gain some purchase early with mostly genuine bounce, as it wears down, the batter can let loose their array of strokes unhindered, favouring chases. Sides batting second have tasted success 9 times versus 5 for teams defending a total. It, however, doesn’t smile upon spinners a lot.
Location: East Melbourne, Victoria
Owner: Government of Victoria
Operator: Melbourne Cricket Club
IND vs PAK (23rd Oct 2022) 1900h (Night)
BAN vs A2 (24th Oct 2022) 1500h
ENG vs B2 (26th Oct 2022) 1500h
AFG vs NZL (26th Oct 2022) 1900h (Night)
AFG vs B2 (28th Oct 2022) 1500h
ENG vs AUS (28th Oct 2022) 1900h (Night)
IND vs B1 (6th Nov 2022) 1900h (Night)
Final (13th Nov 2022) 1900h (Night)
Trivia: It is the largest stadium in the southern hemisphere.
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (aka SCG)
This is one Australian ground which makes spinners gleam fiendishly at the prospect of bowling on it. The wicket’s T20I report-card is loaded in favour of sides chasing (5 times out of 9), with 3 successful defenses being achieved besides a no-result, in the total of 9 T20I games the venue has hosted.
Location: East Melbourne, Victoria
Owner: Government of New South Wales
Operator: Sydney Cricket Ground Trust
BAN vs SA (27th Oct 2022) 1400h
AUS vs NZL (22nd Oct 2022) 1800h (Night)
NZL vs A1 (29th Oct 2022) 1900h (Night)
PAK vs SA (3rd Nov 2022) 1900h (Night)
ENG vs A1 (5th Nov 2022) 1900h (Night)
1st Semi-Final (9th Nov 2022) 1830h (Night)
Trivia: Australia’s oldest cricket ground and the world’s 4th oldest cricket ground.