International Cricket Council announced a new tournament, ICC Women’s Twenty20 Cup, and increased the number of participants in the Women’s World Cup and the Women’s T20 World Cup from 2026 onwards as part of their long-term commitment to expand the women’s game.
The newly formed tournament will begin from 2027, where six teams will take part.
A total of eight teams took part in the 2017 edition of the Women’s World Cup and the number will remain same in the next two editions in 2022 and 2025.
From 2029, 10 teams will take part in the 50-over women’s World Cup.
The T20 World Cup, which is held once in every two years, will also have 10 countries competing instead of eight from the 2026 edition.
ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney believes that increasing participation in major tournaments will allow women’s cricket to continue its forward strides.
‘We have a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term growth plan for the women’s game… 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.’ Sawhney was quoted in a media release.
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