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Katy Perry to perform at World T20 final on Women’s Day

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Katy Perry will perform before and after the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket final on International Women’s Day as organizers bid to set a world record for attendance.

Singer Katy Perry gestures as she leaves after addressing press conference ahead of her performance in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Singer Katy Perry gestures as she leaves after addressing press conference ahead of her performance in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool / MANILA BULLETIN)

Perry will perform March 8 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in what is tipped to be the biggest women’s cricket match ever.

The tournament starts Feb. 21 in Sydney with defending champion Australia against India and will conclude under lights at the historic MCG.

The International Cricket Council says local organizers are aiming to break the world record of 90,185 for a crowd at a women’s sports event, set during the 1999 FIFA World Cup final at Pasadena, Calif.

“The final … presents a groundbreaking opportunity to set a world record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture on the day when equality and women’s achievements are celebrated globally,” the ICC said in a statement Wednesday.

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

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