Women’s cricket getting a big boost

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the women’s game will be expanded from the next fixture cycle.

Future looks bright for women’s cricket

According to the game’s governing body, after the 2023 cycle more teams will be participating in the 50-over and T20 World Cups from 2026 onwards.

It might seem a long way off but those teams will need to qualify for those events so we may be seeing internationals involving more teams sooner than that.

“The revised formats will give more teams the chance to compete on the global stage and importantly provides Members with a window to grow the game domestically and to challenge internationally as the changes take place,” stated the ICC in a media release.

As things stand now, the 2025 50-over World Cup will include eight teams and that will be expanded to 10 in 2029.

Focused vision

The T20 World Cups in 2026, 2028, 2030 will feature 12 teams. Additionally, the T20 Champions Cup will involve the six sides and is slated to for tournaments in 2027 and 2031.

“We have a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term growth plan for the women’s game. We have been building momentum around the women’s game for the last four years investing in global broadcast coverage and marketing to drive fan engagement,” said Manu Sawhney, the ICC Chief Executive.

“The results speak for themselves with the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 attracting record numbers, 1.1 billion video views, making it the most-watched women’s cricket event of all time and having 86 174 fans attending the final at the MCG, a record attendance for a women’s cricket event.

“This decision to expand our women’s events builds on these foundations and allows us to give more member countries greater opportunities to compete on a global stage. This means that more teams will also get the opportunity to compete in the qualification pathways for the respective ICC events over the coming years.

“I am sure these initiatives will go a long way in helping us achieve our strategic goal of continuing to build strength and depth in the women’s game.”