21 and will now be slated on February 9-26, 2023. In an official release, the international cricket governing body cites the number of major events scheduled in 2022 due to the calendar congestion following the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic this year.
“The Board confirmed that the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will move from its current slot at the end of 2022 to 9-26 February 2023,” ICC said in a statement. The competition had been scheduled to take place in South Africa at the end of 2022, with the exact dates yet to be confirmed. In August this year, the ICC had postponed the 50 over Women’s World Cup in New Zealand from 2021 to 2022 due to pandemic.
“The move follows the decision in August to postpone the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 to 2022 meaning there would be three major events in 2022 with the Commonwealth Games in July 2022 and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup due to be held in November 2022,” the statement added. Women’s cricket will make its Commonwealth Games debut in 2022, with a T20 in Birmingham in July and August.
ICC further said that as there are currently no major women’s events scheduled to take place in 2023, the Board confirmed the switch for the T20 World Cup to “better support player preparation and to continue to build the momentum around the women’s game beyond 2022.” Meanwhile, ICC CEO Manu Sawhney backs the move of ICC and said that postponing the tournament makes “perfect sense”.
“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,” Sawhney said in a statement. Secondly, we can continue to build the momentum around the women’s game through 2022 and into 2023.”
Sawhney also reiterates that they are “committed to fueling the growth of the women’s game and today’s decision enables us to do that over the longer term” There are presently no major women’s international tournaments scheduled in 2021, while the last edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup took place this year in Australia, who beat India by 85 runs in the final to earn the title.
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