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Thursday, February 20 2020 - 07:35
Sydney Welcomes Women's T20 World Cup Cricket
SYDNEY, Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Players and fans take part in an afternoon of festivities in the lead up to 
the Opening Ceremony and game on Friday

The Australian and Indian women's national cricket teams were officially 
welcomed to Sydney, NSW today at the iconic Sydney Opera House ahead of the T20 
Women's World Cup 2020 opening match at Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday 21 

The formalities, hosted by The Hon. Stuart Ayres MLC Minister for Jobs, 
Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and The Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC Minister 
for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, showcased a taste of Sydney's 
unique and diverse spirit and its local culture with a special indigenous 
performance by Redfern-based Tribal Warrior on arrival and acknowledgement to 
country by indigenous Australian player, Ashleigh Gardener. 

T20 World Cup CEO Nick Hockley took to the stage before lawyer and Founder or 
Women In League, Mary Konstantopoulos, hosted a Q&A with Australian captain 
Meghann Lanning and Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Both captains were 
presented with commemorative cricket bats painted by Wollongong indigenous 
artist Zachary Bennett-Brook. 

In light of the recent bushfires, 30 junior players from Camden Cricket Club 
presented each player with an annual koala adoption from Port Stephens Koalas, 
a gift that helps with the rescue and treatment of sick and injured koalas in 
the region. 

Following the formalities, fans young and old got up close and personal with 
their cricket idols at the T20 Fan Activation on the Sydney Opera House 
Forecourt for a special player appearance and signing. The T20 Fan Activation 
and other interactive events will pop-up around the city throughout the T20 
Women's World Cup Tournament to celebrate this great national event over the 
coming weeks. 

Sydney hosts a total of seven matches during the women's tournament, including: 

- Friday 21 February: opening match, Australia v India at Sydney Showground 
- Sunday 1 March (double header): group matches, South Africa v Pakistan and 
England v West Indies at Sydney Showground Stadium 
- Tuesday 3 March (double header): group matches Pakistan v TBC and West Indies 
v South Africa at Sydney Showground Stadium 
- Thursday 5 March (double header): semi-final 1 and semi-final 2 at Sydney 
Cricket Ground (SCG) 

Free T20 Fan Activation events taking place include: 

- Friday 21 February: Pop-up Fan Zone from 4PM at Opening Ceremony and Game at 
Sydney Showground Stadium 
- Sunday 23 February: Perryman Square, North Cronulla from 10AM to 2PM 
- Thursday 27 February: Centenary Plaza, Parramatta from 11AM to 3PM 
- Sunday 1 March: Sydney Showground Stadium from 12PM to 7:30PM 
- Wednesday 4 March: First Fleet Park, The Rocks from 11AM to 3PM 
- Tuesday 3 March: Sydney Showground Stadium from 12PM to 7:30PM 
- Thursday 5 March: Sydney Cricket Ground from 12PM to 7:30PM

More than one million fans are expected to attend the tournament with The 
Women's T20 World Cup will see 10 teams playing 23 matches from 21 February - 8 
March 2020. The Men's T20 World Cup will involve 16 teams playing 45 matches 
from 18 October - 15 November 2020. 

The T20 World Cup is truly a family and community event with children's tickets 
starting at $5 and adult tickets available from $20. Tickets for the highly 
anticipated series are now on sale at for both the women's and 
men's tournaments. 


Notes to Editors 

Australian World Cup team 

NAME          PLAYING # ON SHIRT          ROLE
Meg Lanning           17                 Captain
Rachael Haynes         7               Vice captain 
Erin Burns            92
Nic Carey             16
Ashleigh Gardner      63
Alyssa Healy          77               Wicket keeper 
Jess Jonassen         21
Delissa Kimmince      26
Sophie Molineux       23
Beth Mooney            6               Wicket keeper
Ellyse Perry           8
Megan Schutt           3
Annabel Sutherland    14
Tayla Vlaeminck       30
Georgia Wareham       35
Indian World Cup team 

NAME          PLAYING # ON SHIRT          ROLE
Harmanpreet Kaur       7                 Captain
Smriti Mandhana       18               Vice Captain 
Shafali Verma         17
Jemimah Rodrigues      5
Harleen Deol          98
Deepti Sharma          6
Veda Krishnamurthy    79
Richa Ghosh           13
Taniya Bhatia         28                Wicket Keeper 
Poonam Yadav          24
Radha Yadav           21
Rajeshwari Gayakwad    1
Shikha Pandey         12
Pooja Vastrakar       11
Arundhati Reddy       20

About artist Zachary Bennett-Brook 

Zachary Bennett-Brook an award-winning artist, born in Wollongong, NSW in 1990. 
Being a proud Indigenous man of Torres Strait Islander, he has always been 
surrounded by the water and been involved with water-based activities. The 
ocean is ingrained within his cultural heritage and is often represented 
throughout many of his artworks and designs. Zachary's art has commonly been 
called unique, providing an eye-catching perspective of contemporary Indigenous 
culture blended with surf culture, for all to enjoy. The local NSW artist has 
gained worldwide recognition for his Indigenous artworks all over the world 
from America to Japan, Canada, England, Spain and throughout Australia. 

SOURCE:  Destination NSW