South Africa will host the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023, the world cricket governing body decided at the board meeting. The tournament will be staged in January, with 16 teams playing 41 matches.
“It will be the curtain-raiser for the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup that will also be held in South Africa from February 9 to 26, in what is building up to being a remarkable year for women’s cricket in the country,” said Cricket South Africa in a statement.
The qualification pathway for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 was also agreed during the Board meeting. Eight teams will gain automatic qualification into the event, comprising the top three teams from each group of the 2023 event plus host (if not in the six) and next highest ranked teams on the ICC Women’s T20 rankings table at a predetermined date. The remaining two teams will be identified through the Women’s T20 World Cup global qualifier.
“The yet to be determined host of the event will automatically qualify along with the next five highest placed teams at the end of the 22-25 ICC Women’s Championship (IWC). The remaining two teams will be identified through a global qualifying event between the four bottom-placed teams in the IWC plus an additional two teams from the ODI rankings,” the statement read, as reported by Trinity Mirror, a partner of TV BRICS.