The International Cricket Council (ICC)has officially postponed the Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023. It will be held in South Africa as ICC confirmed only two women’s events to be played in 2022. The change in the schedule was rather forced after the interruption of COVID-19 which has disrupted the entire cricket calendar. In August, the ICC also delayed the 50-over tournament in New Zealand from 2021 to 2022, owing to the outbreak. Women’s T20 cricket will also debut in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth games.
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ICC Chief Manu Sawhney in a statement revealed the reason behind the spread of the events across two years.
ICC Postpones Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023
“Moving the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023 makes perfect sense on a number of levels. Firstly, it will provide a better workload balance for players giving them the best possible opportunity to perform to the highest levels on a global stage” said the ICC Chief.
“Secondly, we can continue to build the momentum around the women’s game through 2022 and into 2023. We are committed to fueling the growth of the women’s game and today’s decision enables us to do that over the longer term” he further added.
Women’s cricket is among the top priorities of the ICC and the reason to shift the Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023 is an attempt to stretch the women’s game for the maximum number of time. With 2022 hosting the Women’s 50-over World Cup and the maiden Commonwealth games, the addition of the Women’s T20 World Cup to the mix validates women’s cricket all the more.
Meanwhile, the ICC is yet to confirm the dates for the maiden Women’s U-19 which was set to be hosted by Bangladesh in January 2021.