ICC postpones women’s T20 WC from 2022 to 2023
International Cricket Council has postponed Women’s T20 World Cup by three months to February 2023 in a bid to get rid of a group of big-ticket matches in 2022. The international cricket body confirmed the news on Thursday. With so many events coming up, it is also important to manage the players’ workload.
The marquee event was scheduled in November 2022 but will now be held in February 2023. In late August, the apex body postponed Women’s ODI World Cup scheduled in New Zealand from 2021 to 2022 owing to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. In fact, the women’s T20 cricket is also expected to make its debut in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
“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 added in a statement.
If the event is not postponed, then the year would have “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.”
“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,” the ICC said.
Meanwhile, the ICC made it clear that the decision was taken considering the workload of the players including the long term interest of women’s cricket.“Moving the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023 makes perfect sense on a number of levels,” ICC CEO Manu Sawhney said in the statement.
“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 to build the momentum around the women’s game through 2022 and into 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.”