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    Women’s global cricket tournaments are set to be expanded during the course of the next cycle of events, the ICC has announced on International Women’s Day, meaning more teams will be competing in the Women’s World Cup and Women’s T20 World Cup. Also, a third women’s global tournament, the Women’s T20 Champions Cup – on paper seemingly resembling the men’s Champions Trophy – has been added to the next cycle, which begins in 2023 after the men’s World Cup that year and runs till 2031.

    The World Cup will have 10 teams playing 48 matches from 2029 (up from eight teams, and 31 matches, till 2025), the T20 World Cup will be expanded to 12 teams playing a total of 33 matches from 2026 (up from 10 teams, and 23 matches, till 2024). The Women’s T20 Champions Cup is set to take place in 2027 and 2031, with six teams playing 16 matches.

    Expansion of women’s cricket events post 2023 cycle ESPNcricinfo Ltd

    These tournaments are part of 20 global tournaments planned for both men’s and women’s cricket combined in the 2023-31 cycle. Bids for hosting the events will soon be open to the ICC’s member countries.

    According to ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney, the revised formats would also mean more teams will be able to compete in and gain vital exposure in the qualification tournaments – the Women’s Championship, World Cup Qualifier and the T20 Qualifier.

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    “This decision to expand our women’s events … allows us to give more member countries greater opportunities to compete on a global stage,” Sawhney said. “This means that more teams will also get the opportunity to compete in the qualification pathways for the respective ICC events over the coming years. I am sure these initiatives will go a long way in helping us achieve our strategic goal of continuing to build strength and depth in the women’s game.

    “We have a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term growth plan for the women’s game. We have been building momentum around the women’s game for the last four years investing in global broadcast coverage and marketing to drive fan engagement.”

    In 2000, the number of competing teams at the Women’s World Cup was fixed at eight, while the T20 World Cup expanded from eight to 10 teams in 2014.

    a group of people posing for the camera: ICC announces new T20 Champions Cup, 4 T20 World Cups in a bid to expand Women's game©BCCI

    © Aditya Chauhan | India.com Sports Desk ICC announces new T20 Champions Cup, 4 T20 World Cups in a bid to expand Women’s game©BCCI

    On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the world body of cricket – the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the expansion of women’s cricket events post the 2023 cycle. The ICC tournaments for women cricketers will have more teams from 2026 onwards with the governing body announcing its expansion plan for the game to mark international women’s day. ICC said the T20 World Cup will have 12 teams instead of 10 from the 2026 edition. The ODI World Cup will also be expanded — from eight teams to 10 — from the 2029 edition.

    “More teams will compete in both the Women’s World Cup and the Women’s T20 World Cup from 2026 onwards as part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to growing the game globally and in a sustainable fashion,”CC stated in a media release.

    The revised formats will give more teams the chance to compete on the global stage and importantly provides members with a window to grow the game domestically to challenge internationally as the changes take place.

    Two 50-over World Cups will be played in 2025 and 2029 while four T20 World Cups have been scheduled for 2024, 2026, 2028, and 2030.

    The sport’s governing body has also announced the advent of a new tournament, called Women’s T20 Champions Cup and it will be played in 2027 and 2031.

    Manu Sawhney, ICC Chief Executive said, “We have a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term growth plan for the women’s game. We have been building momentum around the women’s game for the last four years investing in global broadcast coverage and marketing 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 having 86,174 fans attending the final at the MCG, a record attendance for a women’s cricket event.

    “This decision to expand our women’s events builds on these foundations and allows us to give more member countries greater opportunities to compete on a global stage. This means that more teams will also get the opportunity to compete in the qualification pathways for the respective ICC events over the coming years. I am sure these initiatives will go a long way in helping us achieve our strategic goal of continuing to build strength and depth in the women’s game,” he added.

    In 2020, the Women’s T20 World Cup final was contested between Australia and India in front of a record audience at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). More than 80,000 people turned up to watch Australia lift the title.

    ICC to expand women’s cricket from next cycle

    ICC to expand women

    08 Mar 2021: ICC to expand women’s cricket from next cycle

    The ICC has announced the expansion of cricket events for women post the 2023 cycle.

    Notably, more teams will participate in both the 50-over and T20 World Cups from 2026 onwards.

    The ICC has stated that the decision was taken as part of a “long-term commitment to growing the game globally and in a sustainable fashion.”

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    Fact: Important global events as per the revised structure

    As per the revised structure for global events in women’s cricket, there’ll be two fifty over World Cups and three 20-World T20s from 2025 to 2031. Meanwhile, the ICC has also introduced a T20 Champions Cup which will be held twice in this cycle.

    ICC release: How will the revised formats help teams?

    According to a media release by ICC, the revised formats will give more teams the chance to compete on global stage.

    “The revised formats will give more teams the chance to compete on the global stage and importantly provides Members with a window to grow the game domestically and to challenge internationally as the changes take place,” stated the ICC in a media release.

    Details: Key details about the mega events

    The 2025 World Cup will involve eight teams in 31 matches while the event will be expanded to 10 teams and 48 matches in 2029.

    The World T20s, in 2026, 2028 and 2030 will all include 12 teams, with each tournament having 33 matches.

    The T20 Champions Cup, in 2027 and 2031, will involve six teams with a total of 16 matches.

    Vision: Ambitious long-term growth plan for the women’s game

    ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said that there is a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term growth.

    “We have a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term growth plan for the women’s game. We have been building momentum around the women’s game for the last four years investing in global broadcast coverage and marketing to drive fan engagement.”

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