The ICC has taken a huge decision regarding the Women's T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to happen in 2022. On Thursday, the ICC decided to postpone the tournament to February 2023. They have taken the decision in order to manage the workload of the players. The council had first scheduled the event for November 2022 in South Africa.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disturbed the timeline of a lot of sporting events all over the world. It has particularly affected the timeline of women’s cricket. Women’s international game has resumed in September this year. In August, the ICC delayed the 50-over cricket tournament in New Zealand from 2021 to 2022 as well. Women’s T20 cricket will likewise make the debut in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth games.
ICC reported the dates of the World Cup as 9-26 February 2023. They further guaranteed that if not postponed, three huge cricketing events would have taken place in 2022. Since there were no competitions planned for 2023, the council chose to shift it that year. It will give more planning time and practice time for the players as well.
The statement released by ICC
“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. If not postponed, the year would have “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. 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 statement said as released by ICC.
Manu Sawhney, the CEO of the apex cricketing council, explained that moving the Women’s cricket event to 2023 makes definite sense. It is essential to give the players the correct balance of workload. It will empower them to perform their best at the international level. Moreover, the decision will let them give a push around the women’s game through 2022 and into 2023. And they are focussed on the development of the same.
“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 fuelling the growth of the women’s game and today’s decision enables us to do that over the longer term,” Sawhney stated as quoted by Times Now.