ICC postpones Women's World Cup until 2022

The Women's World Cup was originally scheduled to be held in New Zealand between February 6 and March, 2021. Now, it has been pushed back by a year.

The format of the postponed ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will remain as it was for 2021.   -  AP

The Women’s World Cup has been postponed until 2022. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in New Zealand between February 6 and March, next year.

In a meeting on Friday, the ICC decided to push it back until February – March 2022 because of the impact the pandemic has had on cricket globally. The decisions were taken by the IBC (the commercial subsidiary of the ICC) following an extensive contingency planning exercise which has taken into account the health, cricket and commercial impact of COVID-19 around the world.

The format of the postponed ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will remain as it was for 2021. Five teams have already qualified for the event and that will stand for 2022. The original global qualification event to determine the final three teams to contest the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in July 2020, but this was postponed due to COVID-19. The qualification event will now be held in 2021.

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ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “We have taken the decision to move the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to give players from every competing nation, the best opportunity to be ready for the world’s biggest stage and there is still a global qualifier to complete to decide the final three teams.

“There has been no women’s international cricket played since the conclusion of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year and due to the varying impact of COVID-19 globally that is likely to remain the situation for a number of the teams. Moving the event by 12 months gives all competing teams the chance to play a sufficient level of cricket ahead of both the qualification event and leading into a Cricket World Cup so the integrity of the tournament is maintained.”

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