The next global event on the International Cricket Council (ICC) calendar is the Women’s T20 World Cup that’ll be played early next year in South Africa from the 10th to the 26th of February. The mega ICC event will see 10 nations involved of which direct qualifications were handed out to hosts South Africa and the top 7 teams on the ICC T20I rankings as of 30 November 2021 among the teams that took part in Australia held T20 World Cup in 2020.
The 8 teams handed direct qualifications are hosts South Africa, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies and the final 2 positions were contested during an 8-team qualifier event that was hosted by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) from the 18th to the 25th of September, 2022 at the Zayed International stadium and the Tolerance oval grounds in Abu Dhabi.
The qualifier tournament’s semi-final games saw Ireland and Bangladesh hand respective defeats to Zimbabwe and Thailand and in making it to the finals of the tournament, also confirmed their berths for the 2023 T20 World Cup that’ll be played in South Africa.
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Schedule was announced yesterday.
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Groups in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023
|GROUP 1||GROUP 2|
|South Africa||West Indies|
The tournament will see each team play all the others in their group once and the top two from each group will advance to the semi-finals.
Groups for Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Announced
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Schedule of Women’s T20 World Cup 2023
A few highlights from the schedule reveal see; hosts, South Africa play Sri Lanka in the curtain raiser, defending champions, Australia play New Zealand in their respective openers and the India – Pakistan clash is scheduled for the 12th of February. Check out the entire schedule below.
|10-Feb-2023||South Africa vs Sri Lanka||Cape Town|
|West Indies vs England||Paarl|
|Australia vs New Zealand||Paarl|
|India vs Pakistan||Cape Town|
|Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||Cape Town|
|Ireland vs England||Paarl|
|South Africa vs New Zealand||Paarl|
|14-Feb-2023||Australia vs Bangladesh||Gqeberha|
|West Indies vs India||Cape Town|
|Pakistan vs Ireland||Cape Town|
|16-Feb-2023||Sri Lanka vs Australia||Gqeberha|
|New Zealand vs Bangladesh||Cape Town|
|West Indies vs Ireland||Cape Town|
|England vs India||Gqeberha|
|South Africa vs Australia||Gqeberha|
|Pakistan vs West Indies||Paarl|
|New Zealand vs Sri Lanka||Paarl|
|20-Feb-2023||Ireland vs India||Gqeberha|
|21-Feb-2023||England vs Pakistan||Cape Town|
|South Africa vs Bangladesh||Cape Town|
|23-Feb-2023||Semi-Final 1||Cape Town|
|Semi-Final 1 reserve day||Cape Town|
|Semi-Final 2||Cape Town|
|25-Feb-2023||Semi-Final 2 reserve day||Cape Town|
|27-Feb-2023||Final reserve day||Cape Town|
Geoff Allardice, ICC’s chief executive, said, “We are thrilled to be announcing the match schedule for the next ICC Women’s T20 World Cup as we look to build on the success of Australia 2020 and host a uniquely African celebration of cricket.
“As a key strategic priority for the sport, women’s cricket continues to build momentum and engage more fans than ever before. With T20 as the growth vehicle for cricket, we are confident that this event and the inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup preceding the senior event will leave a lasting legacy to grow girls and women’s cricket around the world.”
Cricket South Africa’s (CSA’s) chief executive, Pholetsi Moseki, said, “South Africa is eagerly awaiting the opening match against Sri Lanka, which will prove our competitiveness on the field of play. It will also mark a historic occasion of South Africa hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, and the first-ever chance for our fans to experience the attractive blend of women’s cricket that will be beamed across the globe.
“This happens at the time that the appetite for women’s cricket, as a distinct brand, is gaining traction amongst the fans. We have sliced the prices of tickets (60 Rand = 3.36 US $ approximately) to allow all the fans the opportunity to attend stadiums and join in the excitement, which will confirm that women’s cricket is open for business.”
(Quotes sourced from ESPNcricinfo)
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