South Africa to host inaugural Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in 2023

South Africa to host inaugural Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in 2023

South Africa will host two ICC events in space of two months.

SuperSport Park, Centurion
SuperSport Park, Centurion. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The inaugural edition of the ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup will take place next year in South Africa. A total of 16 teams will take part in the event and would be raring to become the inaugural-season champions.The tournament was initially scheduled to take place in 2021 but the COVID-19 crisis postponed it by a couple of years.

The new dates were finalized at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board Meeting on Sunday (April 10). As many as 41 matches will take place in the competition with the action commencing in January. Meanwhile, the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will also take place in South Africa and is scheduled to get underway on February 9. This means the rainbow nation will host two ICC events in the space of two months.

The U19 T20 Women’s World Cup has been eagerly anticipated: Pholetsi Moseki

Hence, Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki is looking forward to the smooth conduct of both competitions.”This is fantastic news, and we acknowledge the ICC’s show of faith in South Africa, and our vision and desire to work collaboratively to host this momentous event,” Moseki said in a press release issued by the ICC.

“The U19 Women’s World Cup has been eagerly anticipated by cricket fans and following COVID-19 delays, we are delighted to finally welcome the rising stars of the future onto our shores for what will be an exciting, lesson-filled, and potentially life-changing event,” he added.

Meanwhile, women’s cricket has gained massive popularity over the years. The recently-concluded Women’s World Cup 2022, which saw Australia getting the glory, also witnessed some exciting battles as fans were thoroughly entertained. Hence, Moseki has massive expectations from the upcoming competitions as well.

“On the back of witnessing the fine displays at the recent World Cup, the host cities and venues will be just as excited and ready to set the world stage for the promising cricketers to perform on and be immersed in what will be a first major tournament in the young careers of most of the players,” stated Moseki.