Great news for women’s cricket is that a third major tournament has just been added to the international programme.
The inaugural instalment of the new Twenty20 Champions Cup will be contested in 2027, while the remaining two major women’s cricket competitions have also had their fields expanded.
Announced by International Cricket Council chief executive Manu Sawhney earlier this week, the revised formats will mean more teams being in a position to compete in the qualification tournaments across the T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup, and T20 Champions Cup. The idea behind the increased field is to create more international opportunities for women’s players, explained Sawhney, as well as to give more member countries the opportunity to show their strengths on a global platform.
The ultimate goal is for the ICC to reach its goal of creating more strength and depth in women’s cricket across the international board, said Sawhney on Tuesday.
As for what the revamped tournaments will look like:
- The World Cup: 10 teams playing 48 matches in 2029 – up from 8 teams playing 31 matches until 2025
- The T20 World Cup: 12 teams contesting a total of 33 matches from 2026 – up from 10 teams playing 23 matches until 2024
- The new women’s T20 Champions Cup: scheduled for 2027, and with 6 teams playing a total of 16 matches
New Zealand’s women’s side, the White Ferns, have one the one-day World Cup only once before, which was in 2000. They finished twice in the runner-up position in the T20 World Cup, which was in 2009 and 2010.
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