MCG to host men's and women's T20 Cricket World Cup finals in 2020

The MCG will host stand-alone finals for the men's and women's World Twenty20s after Cricket Australia promised to give both tournaments equal billing.

Ten countries will compete in the women's T20 in February and March of 2020, before 16 men's teams arrive for their tournament in October and November of that year.

Both semi-finals for the women's tournament will be held in Sydney, while the men's will be split between the SCG and Adelaide Oval before both culminate in the 100,000-seat MCG.

The tournament will mark the first time the men's and women's competitions have been split when both played in the same year.

It comes after 24,000 people crammed into a sold-out Lord's in London last July for the final of the women's 50-over World Cup.

"Australia is a sporting nation, with diverse and passionate fans who love cricket," organising committee chief executive Nick Hockey said.

"We've designed ICC World T20, comprising stand-alone women's and men's events, to be more inclusive, more accessible and more connected than ever before, so that everyone can join in."

Eight cities in total will be used between the two tournaments, with Hobart and Geelong to feature in the men's group stage while Canberra, the WACA, Junction Oval in Melbourne and Spotless Stadium to each host women's group matches.

Australia's six main venues - including Perth's new Optus Stadium and the Bellerive Oval in Hobart - will then be used for the Super 12 stage of the men's tournament.

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IPL auction: Boult, Southee, Santner get deals but Guptill, Sodhi remain unsold

It was another strange day for the Black Caps involved in yesterday's Indian Premier League auction, with several of New Zealand's key players going unsold.

After the likes of Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum secured big money deals on the first day of the auction, the remainder of the Kiwi contingent were hopeful of earning similar stints playing in the IPL.

All-rounder Corey Anderson was the first name out of the hat for the Kiwis, although none of the eight franchises were interested in his services.

However, things fared much better for seamer Trent Boult, selling to the Delhi Daredevils for $468,000 where he'll join international teammate Colin Munro.

Mitchell Santner would also snare himself a contract, picked up by Stephen Fleming's Chennai Super Kings for his reserve price of $107,000.

After going unsold on the opening day, Tim Southee was one of the final players picked up, moving to Daniel Vettori's Royal Challengers Bangalore for his $214,000 base price.

Ultimately though, it would be a dire night for the Black Caps, with many going unsold on the same night as surrendering the three match Twenty20 International series to Pakistan in Tauranga.

There was no interest for spinner Ish Sodhi, who was unsold on the auction's opening day despite being the world's top ranked T20 bowler.

Opener Martin Guptill was another unsold star, even though teams had expressed an interest to see him included in the auction's second day.

Mitchell McClenaghan was another surprise omission, having finished fourth on the tournament's overall wicket takers list in 2017, and having no international commitments after turning down a New Zealand central contract.

The likes of Matt Henry, Adam Milne and Lockie Ferguson were the other stars who failed to find a buyer after competing in last year's edition.

SOLD: Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad, $635,000), Brendon McCullum (Royal Challengers Bangalore, $766,000), Colin de Grandhomme (Royal Challengers Bangalore, $468,000), Colin Munro (Delhi Daredevils $403,000), Trent Boult (Delhi Daredevils, $468,000), Mitchell Santner (Chennai Super Kings, $107,000), Tim Southee (Royal Challengers Bangalore, $214,000).

UNSOLD: Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson, Glenn Phillips, Anton Devcich, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Ross Taylor, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Neil Wagner, Seth Rance, Ben Wheeler, Anurag Verma.

Trent Boult of the Black Caps celebrates a wicket during Second ODI Cricket  match, Blackcaps V West Indies, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand, 23rd December 2017.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Trent Boult. Source: Photosport

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As it happened: Black Caps crumble as Pakistan secure victory, win T20 series against NZ

Pakistan outclassed the Black Caps, winning by 18 runs to win the T20 series 2-1 at Bay Oval in Tauranga tonight.

10.30pm: NZ 163/6 - Blundell 3, Santner 24

10.09pm: 17.3 overs, NZ 134/6 - Bruce 22, Blundell 1

OUT! Rumman Raees bowls to Tom Bruce and the ball crashes into middle stump. It was a perfect yorker on middle stump from Pakistan's Rumman Raees.

10.04pm: 17 overs, NZ 128/5 - Taylor 25, Bruce 17

WICKET! A bizarre dismissal as Amir thinks he's got his man with the caught behind.Pakistan go upstairs for a review and Sarfraz is correct. The ball hit the bat of Ross Taylor before the ball went through his legs. Taylor is adamant he didn't hit the ball telling his teammate Bruce - but the replays showed a spike on the snicko.

9.58pm: 16 overs, NZ 127/4 - Taylor 25, Bruce 15

Martin Guptill hits a 6 off a free hit.
Pakistan tour of New Zealand. T20 Series. 3rd Twenty20 international cricket match, Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. Sunday 28 January 2018. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Black Caps' Martin Guptill hits a six off a free hit against Pakistan. Source: Photosport

A great over from Taylor and Bruce scoring 17 runs for the over. Taylor and Bruce both scored a six in that over - required run rate at the moment is 14 needed for the over. 

9.52pm: 15 overs, NZ 110/4 - Taylor 14, Bruce 8

Can Ross Taylor rescue the innings for the Black Caps? Well he's swinging for the fences bringing up two sixes in the over. He needs some help from his teammate Tom Bruce. Taylor lucky to not be dismissed with Pakistan dropping a difficult catch in the final ball of the over.

9.45pm: 13.3 overs, NZ 88/4 - Taylor*, Bruce 2

9.42pm: 13 overs, NZ 87/3 - Bruce 2, De Grandhomme

WICKET! Pakistan get their man as Guptill sweeps it in front of square and Zaman makes a comfortable catch. Bruce and de Grandhomme really need to get going here as the required run rate goes up to 14 an over.

9.38pm: 12.2 overs, NZ 84/2 - Guptill 58, Kitchen 16

OUT! Shadab Khan delivers a back of a length outside off ball, Kitchen charges down the wicket but misses the ball. The ball goes past his outside edge and he's stepped outside his crease and is easily stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed.

9.31pm: 11 overs, NZ 76/1 - Guptill 51, Kitchen 15

FIFTY! Martin Guptill scores 2000 runs in T20Is and also hits a half ton for NZ, an excellent knock from the batsman.

9.30pm: 10 overs, NZ 65/1 - Guptill 39, Kitchen 15

MAXIMUM! Aamer Yamin bowls to Guptill and the Kiwi batsman smacks it over long on. New Zealand need more plays like this from Guptill and Kitchen.

9.21pm: 8 overs, NZ 52/1 - Guptill 32, Kitchen 12

The Black Caps need to get a move on, with the required run rate going up to 11-runs an over. Some good bowling from Pakistan with Aamer Yamin only letting in two runs in the last over.

9.11pm: 6 overs, NZ 47/1 - Guptill 29, Kitchen 9

SIX! It is absolutely massive from Martin Guptill - a sweet maximum. Faheem Ashraf bowls to Guptil a full on off stump ball and Guptill hits straight down the ground and over the bowler's head. Hitting the ball over 100 metres, simply sublime from the NZ batsman.

Kane Williamson.
Pakistan tour of New Zealand. T20 Series. 3rd Twenty20 international cricket match, Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. Sunday 28 January 2018. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson in action for New Zealand against Pakistan. Source: Photosport

9.07pm: 5.1 overs, NZ 32/1 - Guptill 23, Williamson 9

WICKET! Oh no! The skipper is gone after hitting the ball straight into the hands of Pakistan's Babar Azam who is at cover.

8.56pm: 2.3 overs, NZ 16/0 - Guptill 10, Williamson 6

SIX! Mohammad Amir bowls to Martin Guptil and he hits the first maximum for the Black Caps over deep backward square boundary.

8.51pm: 1.3 overs, NZ 10/0 - Guptill 4, Williamson 6

FOUR! Rumman Raees bowls to Kane Williamson, it's a full on leg stump ball from Rumman, but Williamson flicks it past short fine leg with the ball racing away for a boundary.

8.47pm: NZ 2/0 - Guptill 1, Williamson 1

New Zealand begin their chase with Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson at the crease.

8.33pm: PAK 181/6 - Haris 20, Yamin 15

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed  in action against NZ as Black Caps wicket keeper Tom Blundell looks on. 
Pakistan tour of New Zealand. T20 Series. 3rd Twenty20 international cricket match, Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. Sunday 28 January 2018. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed in action against NZ as Black Caps wicket keeper Tom Blundell looks on. Source: Photosport

A great finish from Pakistan with Tom Bruce dropping a crucial catch in the second to last ball of the innings. Yamin did well to finish the innings with a maximum.

New Zealand won't be happy with letting Pakistan off the hook with several dropped catches in the field.

The Black Caps need 182 runs to win the T20 match and take out the series.

8.24pm: 18.4 overs, PAK 164/6 - Haris 19, Ashraf 8

OUT! Trent Boult gets his man as he bowl full and quick to Ashraf. It's a yorker on middle and leg and the ball crashes into his pads before smashing into the stumps. A sublime delivery from Boult and his first wicket of the match.

8.22pm: 18 overs, PAK 156/5 - Haris 19, Umar 21

WICKET! Umar hits it straight down into the hands of Colin de Grandhomme and he makes no mistake a second time, making a straight forward catch.

8.19pm: 17.4 overs, PAK 144/4 - Haris 19, Umar 9

DROPPED! Ish Sodhi bowls to Umar and he hits it high into the air but Colin de Grandhomme drops it cold.

8.10pm: 16 overs, PAK 123/4 - Sarfraz 29, Haris 8

OUT! Santner bowls to Sarfraz and he has tossed up a full outside off delivery. Sarfraz attempts to hit it over cover. But he edges it to short third man - where Ish Sodhi makes a simple catch.

8.01pm: 13.5 overs, PAK 106/3 - Fakhar 46, Sarfraz 21

WICKET! Santner bowls to Fakhar and he smacks it over point - but there is a man in the deep. Tom Bruce dives forward and pulls off a tough and stunning low catch with NZ grabbing their third wicket of the match.

7.54pm: 12.5 overs, PAK 100/2 - Fakhar 45, Sarfraz 16

Fakhar and Sarfraz bring up 100 for Pakistan.

7.50pm: 11 overs, PAK 82/2 - Fakhar 38, Sarfraz 5

Sarfraz Ahmed looks to be in some serious pain after he swept a delivery from Ish Sodhi to deep midwicket. He slips and does the splits while playing the shot - still doesn't look comfortable at the crease.

7.37pm: 9 overs, PAK 66/2 - Fakhar 27, Babar 18

WICKET! Ish Sodhi strikes as Babar Azam hits it straight into the NZ skipper's hands who is standing at point. An easy catch for Kane Williamson and a crucial wicket for NZ.

7.25pm: 6 overs, PAK 45/1 - Fakhar 17, Babar 8

SIX! Colin de Grandhomme bowls to Fakhar. It is a short ball on middle delivery from de Grandhomme. Fakhar smashes it and the ball lands just over the ropes at deep backward square. The first six of the match.

7.17pm: 3.5 overs, PAK 30/1 - Fakhar 10, Shehzad 19

WICKET! Colin de Grandhomme to bowls to Ahmed Shehzad and he nips in onto the wicket keeper - but the umpire doesn't put his arm up. The Black Caps go upstairs for a review. Shehzad tried to hit it behind on the leg side, but mistimes his shot. With Tom Blundell making a low catch. Replays show it came off his glove and there's the first wicket.

7.12pm: 3 overs, PAK 25/0 - Fakhar 5, Shehzad 19

BACK-TO-BACK FOURS! Tim Southee bowls to Ahmed Shehzad and it is a full and straight delivery from Southee. Shehzad drives it down the ground for another boundary. He stands tall and hits it through the line - a magnificent stroke.

7.07pm: 2 overs, PAK 12/0 - Fakhar 5, Shehzad 6

FOUR! Trent Boult bowls to Fakhar Zaman and it is a full on middle stump delievry from Boult. Fakhar moves forward and drives through the line of the ball. It goes past the non-striker's right and beats mid on - a great first boundary for the Pakistani opener.

7.00pm: 1 over, PAK 7/0 - Fakhar , Shehzad 6

Tim Southee gets things underway for the Kiwis bowling first against Pakistan.

6.32pm: Pakistan have won the toss and have opted to bat first.

PRE MATCH:

Pakistan showed great fight in their last match against New Zealand in Auckland, winning by 48-runs to level the T20 series 1-1.

New Zealand suffered their first loss at home for the 2017/2018 summer with the visitors snapping their 13-game winning streak. 

The Black Caps will be looking to get off to better start today with the bat after their top order collapsed at Eden Park on Thursday night.

New Zealand will hope to wrap up the series with a win as they prepare to cross the ditch next week to take on Australia and England in a Tri-Series competition.

TEAMS (possible):

NZ: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Anaru Kitchen 4 Tom Bruce, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Tom Blundell (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Ish Sodhi.

PAKISTAN: 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Haris Sohail, 5 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 6 Shadab Khan, 7 Aamer Yamin, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Mohammad Nawaz, 10 Hasan Ali/Rumman Raees, 11 Mohammad Amir.

7.12pm: 3 overs, PAK 25/0 - Fakhar 5, Shehzad 19
7.37pm: 9 overs, PAK 66/2 - Fakhar 27, Babar 18
8.10pm: 16 overs, PAK 123/4 - Sarfraz 29, Haris 8
Rumman Raees 
Rumman Raees 
Rumman Raees