Gqeberha, Paarl, Cape Town to host 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup

Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the venues for next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup.

On Monday, the coastal cities of Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), Paarl and Cape Town will team up to host the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February 2023.

Meanwhile, Benoni and Potchefstroom will host the inaugural edition of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup in January 2023.

Newlands will host its first ICC event since last hosting the semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2007, while St George’s Park in Gqeberha and Boland Park will host their first major ICC event since the 2003 Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Eight of the 10 teams have been confirmed for the senior showpiece, with the two remaining qualifiers to be determined at the T20 World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates in September 2022.

The Women’s T20 World Cup is set from 10-26 February, with Australia the reigning champions.

“We’re thrilled to announce the three cities to host the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup,” Tournament Director Russell Adams said.

“The Eastern and Western Cape are prime cricket and tourist locations with great facilities and infrastructure. We have no doubt that these venues will step up to make this a memorable and uniquely African celebration of cricket for the local and international fans attending the event.”

Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa:

10 teams – South Africa (host), Australia, India, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and two qualifiers

Benoni and Potchefstroom will host the first ever U19 Women’s T20 World Cup in January 2023, showcasing the sport’s future stars with 16 nations set to participate.

ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said: “We are delighted to announce the host cities for both women’s events taking place in South Africa in early 2023. It is a very exciting time for women’s cricket with the first U19 T20 World Cup showcasing the future stars of our sport and the next edition of the ultimate prize in the T20 format.

“I have no doubt the host venues identified across both events will provide the best platform to deliver two unforgettable World Cups and another significant milestone for women’s sport.”