SunstarTV Bureau: International Cricket Council (ICC) postponed the South African edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup by three months.
The tournament which was scheduled in November 2022 not will be held in February 2023, informed ICC.
This crucial step is taken by the ICC keeping the ongoing pandemic in view. To avoid the cluster of crick-fans, and mass gathering ICC announced this on November 19.
In August itself, the ICC had postponed over 50 Women’s World scheduled in New Zealand from 2021 to 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“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 said in a statement.
If not postponed, the year would have witnessed two 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 apex body said.
“Moving the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023 makes perfect sense on a number of levels,” ICC CEO Manu Sawhney said in a 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,” said Manu.
“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,” he added.