Indian women's cricket team during the T20 World Cup in 2020.© Twitter
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the extension of women's cricket events after the 2023 cycle. The ICC said in a media release that the women's team will compete in both the World Cup and the Women's T20 World Cup from 2026 as part of the ICC's long-term commitment. The revised format will give more teams the chance to compete on a global stage and importantly provide members with a window to develop the game to challenge internationally as changes occur.
Two 50-over World Cups will be played in 2025 and 2029 while four T20 World Cups are scheduled for 2020, 2026, 2028 and 2030.
The governing body of the sport has also announced the arrival of a new tournament, called the Women's T20 Champions Cup and will be played in 2027 and 2031.
ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sahni said, “We have a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term development plan for women's sports. We have been investing in global broadcast coverage and marketing for the last four years for women's sports. Increasing speed all around. To drive fan engagement.
“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 participating in the finals at the MCG Has a record attendance for 86,174 fans. A women's cricket event.
“This decision to expand our women's events builds on these foundations and allows us to provide more member countries with greater opportunities to compete on the global stage. This means more teams from the respective ICC events There will also be an opportunity to compete in qualifying routes. In the coming years. I am sure that these initiatives will go a long way in helping us achieve our strategic goal of building strength and depth in women's sports.
In 2020, the final of the Women's T20 World Cup between Australia and India took place in front of a record audience at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCC). Australia saw more than 80,000 people to win the title.
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