Cricket news - Women's T20 WC pushed back to 2023

The 2023 Women's T20 WC will now be played between Feb 9-26, 2023.

The 2023 Women's T20 WC will now be played between Feb 9-26, 2023.

The next edition of the ICC Women's T20 WC has been pushed back by three months and will now be played in South Africa in February 2023. The ICC board ratified the decision on Thursday (November 19) confirming that only two major women's events - The 50-over World Cup and the Commonwealth Games - will be played in 2022.

The eighth iteration of the marquee biennial tournament was originally slated to be played in November 2022 but given the schedule changes enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Women's ODI World Cup, originally scheduled to be played in early 2021 in New Zealand had to be pushed back by a year.

Revealing the decision to spread the major events across two calendar years, ICC CEO Manu Sawhney said: "Moving the ICC Women's T20 WC to 2023 makes perfect sense on a number of levels. Firstly, it will provide a better workload balance for players giving them the best possible opportunity to perform to the highest levels on a global stage.

"Secondly, we can continue to build the momentum around the women's game through 2022 and into 2023. We are committed to fueling the growth of the women's game and today's decision enables us to do that over the longer term."

Meanwhile, no decision has been communicated by the ICC on the fate of the first-ever Under-19 women's World Cup, which Bangladesh were due to host in January 2021.

Minimum age-cap for international cricketers

The ICC Board also confirmed the introduction of a minimum age for international cricketers, both men and women. To play in any form of men's, women's or U19 international cricket players must now be a minimum age of 15. "In case of exceptional circumstances, a Member Board could apply to the ICC to allow a player under the age of 15 to play for them. This could include where the player's playing experience and mental development and well-being demonstrates that they would be capable of coping with the demands of international cricket," the ICC release said.

Excluded Persons Policy as part of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code

The board also approved the introduction of a new "Excluded Persons Policy" as part of its Anti-Corruption Code. The policy will enable ICC's ACU to impose an exclusion order on known corruptors "preventing them from any involvement in cricket activities including playing, administration, financing, attendance or any kind of involvement in a league, team or franchise."

"It will allow our ACU to better disrupt the activities of non-participant corruptors which currently the ICC have little, if any, control over. This is crucial if we are to continue to protect the integrity of our sport," Sawhney said.