Just a few days are left for the Super 12 stage of the much-anticipated ICC T20 World Cup to begin. This stage will start on October 22 with the trans-Tasmanian battle of Australia vs New Zealand, followed by the clash of India and Pakistan arch-rivals on October 23.
The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground will be the host to the finals of this tournament, taking place on 13th November. Before the Super 12 begin, there will be a qualifying round where the top two teams in each group will advance into the next phase, i.e., Super 12.
The country’s boundary sizes and ground dimensions are comparatively larger than any other ground in the world. Australia, the host nation, is a pacer’s paradise because of the bounce and pace the fast bowlers can extract from the surface. Let’s look at the venue where all the games will be played in the upcoming edition of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
#1 Kardinia Park, Geelong
With a capacity of 30,000 fans, this stadium is one of Victoria’s most iconic sporting venues. Unfortunately, they will not host any matches after the 1st round. The stadium will first host the game between Srilanka and Namibia. The pitch is batting-friendly, apart from the initial phases, where the bowlers will tend to dominate.
#2 Bellerive Oval, Hobart
The ground has a history as they hosted their first formal match more than a century ago. With a capacity of 20,000, this pitch is bowler friendly initially but gets easier for batting. There will be a few high-scoring games at this venue.
#3 Perth Stadium, Perth
The new stadium in Perth opened in 2018 and has hosted multiple matches. This stadium will host games for teams like India, South Africa, Australia, and others. The venue has a capacity of 60,000 people and is batting-friendly. England vs Afghanistan will be the 1st game hosted at this stadium.
#4 Gabba, Brisbane
The fortress of Australia in test cricket for decades has a capacity of 42,000 people. The pitch favours the fast bowlers due to the bounce that can be extracted from the surface. They are set to host four games through the course of the tournament.
#5 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
The Oval can accommodate up to 53000 people and is an iconic venue for cricket and other sports. They are the hosts to the second semi-finals and 7 group stage matches. The host plays only one game here but can become one if they qualify for the top four.
#6 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
This ground will kick off the first game of the Super 12 stage between Australia and New Zealand. They will be hosting seven matches and the first semi-final. The pitch is sometimes seen assisting spinners and is one of the slower pitches in the country. Scoring runs won’t be easy. This iconic venue has a capacity of 48,000 fans.
#7 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
The hosts to the finals of the tournament as well as the games against the arch-rivals India-Pakistan and England-Australia. Apart from these two monumental clashes, they will play five other games in the group stage of the Super 12.
Having a staggering capacity of 1,00,000 people, this stadium provides an even battle between bat and bowl. It also promises to have several high-voltage games throughout the tournament.