The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced the postponement of 2022 Women’s t20 World Cup. The tournament has now been pushed to February 6-23 in 2023 from the original schedule.
The apex body released an official statement stating it would also modify the dates of the World Test Championship. The World Test Championship was left on a cliff-hanger due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
“Board also 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 committee head Anil Kumble chaired the whole meeting asserted on changing the terms of the tournament and analyze the depth of effect occurred due to COVID-19.
The pandemic took a significant toll on the tournament’s points table bringing a loss to the Indian team. Tim Paine led Australia are now at the top of the table, replacing Virat Kohli-led India team.
“The move follows the decision in August to postpone the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 to 2022 meaning there would be three 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,” the statement read.
Manu Sawhney, the ICC CEO also opined on pushing the tournament saying it would only make a “perfect sense”.
“Moving the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023 makes perfect sense on a number of levels. 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. Secondly, we can continue to build the momentum around the women’s game through 2022 and into 2023. We are committed to fueling the growth of the women’s game and today’s decision enables us to do that over the longer term,” Sawhney said in a statement.