Australia's T20 World Cup 2022 venues have been confirmed

Seven Australian towns have been announced as the locations for the 2022 Men's T20 World Cup, forcing Sri Lanka and the West Indies into the first round.

With the International Cricket Council today announcing details for next year's event in Australia, Australia's men's T20 World Cup crown will be on the line once more in less than a year.

In less than a month, the 2022 T20 World Cup will showcase 45 matches at Adelaide Oval, the Gabba, Kardinia Park in Geelong, Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Perth Stadium, the MCG, and the SCG.

The semi-finals will be held on November 9 and 10 at the SCG and Adelaide Oval, followed by the final on November 13 at the MCG.

The competition, which was originally scheduled to take place in Australia in 2020 but was postponed owing to the epidemic, will begin on October 16, 2020, giving the Australians only 11 months to enjoy their title before they must defend it.

Australia, along with runner-up New Zealand, qualified for the Super 12 stage of next year's event after winning the 2021 event on Monday morning AEDT. England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, the next six highest-ranked teams in the world, have also been given a free pass to the tournament's second round in 2022.

The four surviving teams from this year's Super 12s – Sri Lanka (2014 winners), West Indies (2012 and 2016 champions), Scotland, and Namibia – will compete in the first round alongside four more teams whose identities will be established by qualifier events early next year. The event's full schedule will be released in January.

Michelle Enright, the CEO of the event, said following the unexpected interruptions of the previous two years, bringing the ICC Men's T20 World Cup to Australia for the first time provides an ideal opportunity for supporters across the country to relive the thrill of a live global sporting event. She stated that the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in 2020 created some great moments and memories that Australian cricket fans will remember for the rest of their lives. Nonetheless, she added, that the men's event must now take the big stage and secure its own place in history.