The State Government and Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) welcomed the announcement that Perth would host matches.

The events will be held as stand-alone women’s and men’s events for the first time, giving the best female and male cricketers the opportunity 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 Perth, the WACA Ground will host the Women’s World T20 and Perth Stadium 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.

The Premier Mark McGowan said Western Australia was an ideal destination to host the World T20 and the State Government expected that given it is being held in Australia for the first time, it would attract huge crowds.

“This series will put Perth in the spotlight of cricketing nations and I’m sure fans will be keen to come and experience our state-of-the-art stadium,” Mr McGowan said.

“Direct flights between London and Perth will also help attract more visitors and will provide a major economic boost for our State.”

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 said.

“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.”

WACA CEO Christina Matthews said the ICC World T20 2020 would help grow interest in cricket at all levels in Western Australia.

“The opportunity to host matches for an event of this calibre will allow Perth to not only showcase its world class facilities to Australia and the globe, but will also help inspire the next generation of young girls and boys in Western Australia to pick up a cricket bat or ball,” Ms Matthews said.

“We look forward to hosting the best T20 cricketers in the world in 2020 and to delivering successful and well-attended matches at the WACA Ground and Perth Stadium.”

Fans can register for the latest information at icc-cricket.com/worldt20.

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.