South Africa confirmed as Host for U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023

The 12th edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup was done and dusted on April 3 in New Zealand. The mega event did not fail to garner the attention of cricket fans all around the world. With so much to look forward to during that one month of the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, the fans are eager to witness another ICC event for the women’s sport at the earliest.

 

Australia Crowned World Champions beating England by 71 Runs in Final. PC: ICC/Getty Images
Australia Crowned World Champions beating England by 71 Runs in Final. PC: ICC/Getty Images

 

To the delight of the cricket lovers, the next ICC event for women, which will be the U19 Women’s T20 World Cup is just nine months away. The inaugural tournament will be played in South Africa in January 2023. A total of 16 teams will feature in the 41-match long competition. The exact dates for the event and the participating teams are yet to be announced.

Apart from the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, announcements with regards to the qualification pathway for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2025 were made. The venues for both these ICC events have yet to be confirmed.

For the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024, eight teams will qualify automatically for the marquee tournament. Out of the eight teams, the top three teams from each group (total of six teams) of the 2023 event in South Africa will qualify. Additionally, the host team (if not in the six) will be the seventh team and the remaining one or two teams will be determined on the basis of their T20I rankings as of a predetermined date. The remaining two teams of the 10-match event will be identified through the Women’s T20 World Cup global qualifier.

Further, the qualification pathway for the eight-team ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup has also been confirmed. The host will automatically qualify for the tournament, however, it is yet to be announced which country will host the event. Apart from the hosts, the next five highest-ranked teams at the end of the 2022-2025 ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) will make the cut for the mega event. The final two teams will be decided on the basis of the result of the global qualifiers that will be played among the bottom four ranked teams in the IWC and an additional two teams from the ODI rankings.

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I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.

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