Bellerive Oval will play host to the ICC World T20 2020, when the pinnacle of T20 cricket comes to Australia for the first time ever in 2020.

Members from the Government of Tasmania and Cricket Tasmania welcomed the fact that Hobart will host matches.

For the first time in history, the events will be held as stand-alone women’s and men’s events, giving the best female and male cricketers respective opportunities to capture the attention of the country and the world. Women’s matches will run from 21 February to 8 March 2020 and the men’s matches will run from 18 October to 15 November 2020.

In Hobart, Bellerive Oval will host the Men’s World T20.

The world’s 10 best women’s teams and 16 best men’s team’s will come to Australia to battle it out for the ultimate prize in T20 cricket.

Secretary of the Department of State Growth Kim Evans said “Tasmania is proud to be hosting international cricket matches of this calibre at Bellerive Oval in 2020. We look forward to working in partnership with the ICC World Twenty20 Local Organising Committee and Cricket Tasmania to deliver a quality event for all Tasmanians.”

ICC World Twenty20 2020 Local Organising Committee Chief Executive, Nick Hockley highlighted the benefits that would come from hosting T20 cricket’s showpiece event.

“Australia is a sporting nation, with diverse and passionate fans who love cricket. We’ve designed ICC World T20, comprising standalone women’s and men’s events, to be more inclusive, more accessible and more connected than ever before, so that everyone can join in."

Mr Hockley added:

“Major events of this scale are all about partnerships. We look forward to working with host cities, their communities, and all partners to deliver a spectacular celebration in 2020, including welcoming thousands of international visitors to attend matches and be part of it.”

Cricket Tasmania CEO, Nick Cummins, believes the ICC World T20 2020 will help grow interest in cricket at all levels in Tasmania.

“Being afforded the opportunity to host matches for an event of this calibre will not only showcase Hobart’s world class facilities to Australia and to the globe, but will importantly do so much to inspire the next generation of young girls and boys in Tasmania to pick up a cricket bat or ball.

"We look forward to hosting the best T20 cricketers in the world in 2020 and to delivering successful and well attended matches at Bellerive Oval,” said Cummins.

Fans can register for the latest information here.

The ICC World T20 2020 takes place against the backdrop of a hugely successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which featured record crowds, broadcast audiences and visitors and the ongoing success of the Women’s and Men’s Big Bash.

Full details of on the ICC World Twenty20 2020, where fans can also register for tournament updates can be found here

Fixture and ticketing information will be released in due course.