ICC postpones 2022 Women’s T20 World Cup until 2023
The International Cricket Council, the sport’s global governing body, has announced the 2022 Women’s T20 World Cup has been postponed to 2023 to avoid a cluster of tournaments.
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place in South Africa in November 2022 but will now be played in February 2023.
The ICC said the decision was made after taking into consideration that there are “currently no major women’s events scheduled to take place in 2023, [so] the board confirmed the switch for the T20 World Cup to better support player preparation and to continue to build the moment around the women’s game beyond 2022.”
The change means there will now be only two major women’s events played in 2022, the One Day International World Cup in New Zealand, which was originally scheduled for 6 February to 7 March 2021 but will now be played in early 2022 due to coronavirus-pandemic calendar clashes, and the Twenty20 competition in the Commonwealth Games in July held in Birmingham, UK.
Manu Sawhney, ICC chief executive, said: “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.
“Secondly, we can continue the to build the momentum around the women’s game though 2022 and 2023. We are committed to fuelling the growth of the women’s game and today’s decision enables us to do that over the longer term.”
The governing body is also yet to make an announcement on the fate of the inaugural Under-19 Women’s World Cup, which Bangladesh is due to host in January.
Meanwhile, the Royal Netherlands Cricket Association has appointed Milena van Not as its new chief executive.
She succeeds Jaap Wals, who has acted as the governing body’s interim chief executive since 2018.