With the inaugural U-19 Women’s World Cup approaching us, the International Cricket Council launched the tournament in Benoni, South Africa on December 15.
The event will see 16 teams competing for the prize and it will run from 14 to 29 January. The 16 teams are split into four groups of four teams each. The top three teams from each group will qualify for the super six stage, where teams will be pooled in two groups of six. The top two teams from these two groups will then qualify for the semi-finals.
Groups for ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023
• Group A:
Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka. USA
• Group B:
England, Pakistan, Rwanda, Zimbabwe
• Group C:
Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, West Indies
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) December 15, 2022
Group A comprises Australia, Bangladesh, USA, and Sri-Lanka. Group B features England, Rwanda, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe while group C comprises Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand and West Indies. Group D is made up of India, Scotland, United Arab Emirates and hosts, South-Africa. Indonesia and Rwanda are all set to feature in an ICC World Cup for the first
Another major announcement revelation is that spectators can the stadiums and watch the games free of cost. It is a massive phase for women’s cricket with the senior T20 World Cup set to be played just a few days after the U-19 campaign.
The launch saw former Proteas cricketer Sunette Vijeon being named as the tournament’s ambassador. Various dignitaries and guests were also present at the launch.
It’s also a crucial time for Cricket South Africa which will be hosting both events. The tournament director acknowledged this and commented on it too. “This is a watershed moment for women’s cricket in South Africa and for the game in our country. To host one ICC event in a year is cause for great celebration, but to claim two in such quick succession is beyond our wildest dreams”, he said.
Quite a few squads for the tournament have already been announced and the ones that haven’t done so yet are expected to follow suit soon.