Published:23 November 2020
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the South African edition of the Women's T20 World Cup was postponed by 3 months to February 2023 to avoid a cluster of big-ticket competitions in 2022 and handle the workload of players. The event was set to kick off in November 2022, but is now postponed to February 2023.
In August this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICC postponed the 50 over Women's World Cup take place in New Zealand from 2021 to 2022 and women's T20 cricket is also expected to make its debut at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.
According to the statement of ICC, the Board confirmed that the ICC Women's T20 World Cup will switch from its current slot at the end of 2022 to 9th-26th February 2023.
If not postponed, with the Commonwealth Games in July 2022 and the ICC Women's T20 World Cup set to be held in November 2022, the year will have "three big events in 2022."
The apex body said that as no major women's events are currently scheduled to be held in 2023, the Board confirmed the switch of the T20 World Cup to better assist player preparation and continue to create momentum around the women's cricket beyond 2022.
Manu Sawhne, ICC CEO mentioned in the statement that the decision was taken in mind with the players' workload and considering women's cricket long-term interest as well. He added that the decision of postponed the ICC Women's T20 World Cup to 2023 makes perfect sense at a number of levels.