Yes, it was quite a ride between issues. A global short-form showcase, the Women’s T20 World Cup last took place in early 2020, with 86,174 fans beating hosts Australia’s victory over India in the 85-run final on 8 March 2020. Recorded by an MCG viewer. That was just days before the world changed dramatically in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. For lack of a better term, with life back to normal and women’s cricket making the big strides we hoped for after that historic match, watched by 53 million viewers at home, I Here we are, stumbling amid lockdowns, travel restrictions and biosecure bubbles.
Since then, we’ve seen the world’s stars step into the Hundred. Hundreds also seem to be plagued by the formation of the next generation, the first edition of the Women’s CPL, and the Women’s Premier League, which is set to begin shortly after that tournament. For the first time ever, a global ICC event will be officiated by all-female referees and referees.
Where will this T20 Women’s World Championship take place?
The tournament will take place in South Africa, which has just hosted the inaugural T20 Women’s U19 World Cup, won by India. Most of the matches, including the two semi-finals and the final, are played at Newlands, the jewel of the national stadium in Cape Town, with Table Mountain as a spectacular backdrop. Many of the matches are played at scenic Bolland Park in Pearl, less than an hour’s drive northwest, while St. George’s Park in Guevera hosts his five matches in his seven days. Who plays and what are the most important dates?
10 teams will participate, divided into two groups. Group A consists of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Group B includes England, India, Pakistan, West Indies and Ireland. Each team plays him once against his four others in the group. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals on February 23-24. The final is scheduled for his February 26th, with a reserve date of his February 27th.
South Africa qualified directly as hosts, automatically joining the top seven teams in the ICC World Rankings from 30 November 2021. This left 37 nations competing for his two remaining places in a series of qualifiers, with Bangladesh and Ireland coming out victorious. Missed Thai who was there in 2020. You like Australia, right?
With the Australian favorite team defending their crown, 50+ and him becoming double holders of the T20 world title, things have changed but they have become more of the same. They finished the last 17 as the home side took his second win of five in a row in the Superover in India in December and the Commonwealth remained undefeated in his Games winning campaign. Only lost his one of his T20Is completed.
What about India, England, etc.? Any challengers? India defeated Australia in the Commonwealth gold medal fight, who won by nine runs. Her U19 national team in India qualified for the country’s first women’s cricket World Cup, including a Shafali Verma-led side and wicket-keeper her Richa Ghosh.
New Zealand captain Sophie Devine has suffered a stress fracture in her leg and South Africa’s management were aiming to reach the final but failed to meet fitness standards and got there without controversial Dane van Niekerk. Must.
Despite progress, the event is likely to shine a spotlight on the gap between the rich and the have-nots, with the most wealthy countries still a long way from realizing it. The West Indies’ form has declined dramatically since the acquisition, with Pakistan offering little competition from Australia in the final series and Sri Lanka playing T20I since losing to India in the Asian Cup final in October. I have not.