International Cricket Council Director Indra Nooyi has put out a rallying cry for Australia and the world to celebrate equality and empowerment at next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Australia 2020.
Indra, twice named on TIME’s global list of ‘100 Most Influential People’, on her visit to Australia this week for speaking engagements was taken on tours of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground. The stadiums will host the semi-finals and final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup respectively. The tournament next year will played across six host cities in Australia from February 21 to March 8.
Speaking from the middle of the MCG, which will host the final on March 8, Sunday, the International Women’s Day, the former Pepsico supremo discussed the ambition of breaking the world attendance record for a women’s sporting fixture, which is currently set at 90,185.
The International Cricket Council has released the video of the interview at the MCG.
“If you’re not here at the MCG on March 8, 2020, watching the Women’s Final, you’re missing something incredibly special because it’s going to be a major turning point for women’s sport,” she said.
“We’re going to bring all of the fans of cricket and women’s sports together here to say, ‘let’s celebrate women, let’s celebrate the game of cricket, let’s celebrate the finals.’ So I’d actually issue a call to all people interested in women’s sports and cricket in particular, ‘Make sure you buy your tickets, now!’
“We’re going to bring all of the fans of cricket together here to say, ‘let’s celebrate women, let’s celebrate the game of cricket “We’re going to bring all of the fans of cricket together here to say, ‘let’s celebrate women, let’s celebrate the game of cricket”
Blockbuster double-header semi-finals will be played at the iconic SCG on March 5.
Speaking about the impact of full stadiums for the semi-finals and finals, Indra said; “Families would be out here, women would be out here, a lot of young people would be out here, because they’re going to look and say, ‘I too can be that person on the field. I too can achieve greatness.’ I think it’s the most aspirational event on March 8th and I want to be sitting there with tears rolling down my eyes saying, ‘We made it!”
The former Chair and CEO of PepsiCo was recently named to Amazon’s board of directors, and in 2018 was appointed to the International Cricket Council board as its first independent female director.
In 2020, Australia will host two ICC T20 World Cups, with the women’s and men’s tournaments to be played as standalone events across Australia.
ICC Women’s T20WC is scheduled from February 21 to March 8, while the men’s event will take place from October 18 to November 15.