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SA to Host U19 Women’s Cricket World Cup

The International Cricket Council has awarded the rights to host the inaugural ICC Women’s under-19 T20 World Cup to South Africa.

The tournament will take place in January 2023.

The ICC Women’s under-19 T20 Cricket World Cup tournament, which will see the world’s best U19 female cricketers displaying their skill on the global stage, will be played in the T20 format as a 16-team tournament, with 41 matches to be played.

It will be the curtain-raiser to the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup that will also be held in South Africa, from 9–26 February.

“This is fantastic news and we acknowledge the ICC’s show of faith in South Africa, and our vision and desire to work collaboratively to host this momentous event,” said CSA Chief Executive, Pholetsi Moseki. “The U19 Women’s World Cup has been eagerly anticipated by cricket fans and following Covid-19 delays, we are delighted to finally welcome the rising stars of the future onto our shores for what will be an exciting, lesson-filled, and potentially life-changing event. On the back of witnessing the fine displays at the recent World Cup, the host cities and venues will be just as excited and ready to set the world stage for the promising cricketers to perform on and be immersed in what will be a first major tournament in the young careers of most of the players.”

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“This is a watershed moment for the game of cricket, including for the growth of women’s cricket in the world and in South Africa,” said CSA Board Chairperson, Lawson Naidoo. “After the tremendous success of the senior Women’s World Cup in New Zealand this year and the general excitement and interest around the game, it is also important to shine a light on the next generation to ensure sustainability of the sport amongst aspiring girls and women everywhere. The latest displays from the Momentum Proteas have shown there is an abundance of talent within our country. The introduction of a developmental tournament like the U19 Women’s World Cup will provide our young players with critical exposure and competition against their peers with the world watching.“

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