Katy Perry to perform at final of T20 World Cup

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Katy Perry to perform at final of T20 World Cup

Katy Perry will perform at the final of the T20 World Cup. © Getty Images

Katy Perry, the American pop singer, is set to perform at the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 on March 8— international women’s day— at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the ICC announced on Tuesday (November 12). The performance is set to further fuel the ICC, and local organising committee’s attempt to make the final the biggest women’s cricket match of all time— hopefully creating a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture. The current record stands at a crowd of 90,185, set at the final of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup in California.

It was announced that Perry will perform during both the pre-game and post-match show.

“We are seeing incredible momentum in the development of cricket as a sport for women and girls,” said Nick Hockley, ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee CEO. “What better way to celebrate than the T20 World Cup final at the MCG on International Women’s Day and who better to lead that celebration than Katy Perry, who is an inspiration to girls and boys across the world.”

With only 100 days left for the event to kick off with a match between Australia and India in Sydney on February 21 next year, the announcement will certainly attract a wider fan-base to the final in Melbourne.

Having recently released a single called ‘Harleys in Hawaii’, Perry said she is looking forward to head out to Australia to lead the big celebrations. The performance in Melbourne will be her only one during her visit to Australia.

“I'm all about celebrating equality and the achievements of women, which naturally happens on a global scale on International Women's Day,” she said. “It’s no coincidence that I said yes to performing live at the women's final on this day.”

“I hope to bring a unifying, electric performance playing some of my most empowering songs for the best female cricketers on the planet and some of my greatest fans, as we all unite to support gender equality and empower people to achieve everything that they desire.”