In a recent committee meeting by the ICC Board, led by Anil Kumble, some major decisions have been taken regarding women’s cricket.
The much-awaited Women’s U19 World Cup which was earlier scheduled to take place in Bangladesh this year has now been pushed for another year. It has been rescheduled for January 2023 if no further amendments take place.
The Global Qualifiers for the upcoming Women’s World Cup also saw a change in the time-tables and has now been pushed for December 2021. With hardly a year left for the mega event i.e Women’s World Cup 2022 in New Zealand, only time will tell whether such overhauls will affect their performances or not.
The developments go as follows –
- All tied matches will be decided by a super over from now onwards.
- Test and ODI status shall be given to all full-member women’s teams, permanently.
- All the matches that’ll be held at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games will now be classified as Women’s T20 Internationals.
- The board has agreed to postpone the inaugural ICC Women’s U-19 World Cup, which was scheduled to be held in Bangladesh this year-end. The event will now take place in January 2023.
- Allowing all the teams to prepare their best, the global qualifier for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 has also been shifted to December 2021.
- Mel Jones and Catherine Campbell have been appointed as the Full Member representatives on the ICC Women’s Committee.
- The 5-over batting powerplay has been nullified from Women’s ODIs.
“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the establishment and subsequent development of the U19 programs in many countries and teams would not be able to prepare appropriately for a global event later this year. As such, the inaugural event will now take place in January 2023,” the ICC said.
Fans on social media had mixed reactions around the postponement of several women’s cricket events. To read some of those reactions, check out the below tweets:
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