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England will host the T20 Women’s World Cup for the first time since the inaugural edition in 2009; “Hosting this global cricket event gives us another incredible opportunity to inspire even more girls to take up bat and ball,” said Clare Connor, interim CEO of the ECB

Last updated: 26/07/22 18:59

Australia is the current holder of the Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup

England have been confirmed by the ICC to host the 2026 Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup.

This is the first time the tournament has been played on these shores since the inaugural edition in 2009, when the hosts lifted the trophy by beating New Zealand in the final at Lord’s.

It follows England and Wales hosting the 2017 Women’s Over-50 Cricket World Cup when Heather Knight’s side also clinched glory and Clare Connor, interim CEO of the ECB, intends to use the T20 tournament to build on this build legacy.

“We are very pleased to have been selected to host the 2026 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup,” said Connor.

“We saw hosting the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup capture people’s imaginations in 2017 and I will never forget Heather Knight lifting the trophy to a sold out Lord’s on that magical day.

“Women’s cricket has evolved rapidly since then, from the number of girls picking up bats through All Stars and Dynamos, joining clubs and being able to progress towards the highest levels of performance.

“We are just seeing the positive impact that the UEFA Women’s Euro is having on football and hosting this global cricket event will give us another incredible opportunity to inspire even more girls to take up bat and ball. “

England won the first women's T20 World Cup in 2009

England won the first women’s T20 World Cup in 2009

The last edition of the Women’s T20 World Championship was held in Australia two years ago when the hosts defeated India in the final.

The announcement came at the same time as the ICC confirmed that Lord’s will host the men’s World Test Championship finals in both 2023 and 2025, while Bangladesh will host a major ICC women’s tournament for the first time in 2024 when the T20 World Championship goes there performs next year in South Africa after the postponed edition.

Thereafter, India will host the Women’s Over-50 Cricket World Cup in 2025 and Sri Lanka will host the inaugural Women’s Champions Trophy to be held in February 2026 as a T20 competition.

The six-team Champions Trophy will be followed in June of the same year by the Women’s T20 World Cup in England, where the tournament will expand to include 12 of the current 10 teams and will feature 33 matches.

Highlights of the third T20 international match between England and South Africa as the home side ended a run with a 38-round derby win

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Highlights of the third T20 international match between England and South Africa as the home side ended a run with a 38-round derby win

Highlights of the third T20 international match between England and South Africa as the home side ended a run with a 38-round derby win

England women are currently preparing to take part in the eight-team T20 cricket tournament at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with the hosts represented in Group B along with New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

It follows on the heels of the recent multi-format series at home against South Africa, in which England triumphed 14-2 on points.

“This is a big year for women’s cricket in our country, with English women taking part in the Commonwealth Games for the first time, the second year of The Hundred follows immediately and then England and India meet at Lord’s as part of ours White-ball streak,” said Martin Darlow, ECB interim governor.

“Women’s football is growing at a remarkable pace and hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2026 will give another boost to our strategy to make cricket a gender-balanced sport. This is a really exciting opportunity.”

Connor: Women’s cricket is getting stronger

Speak with Sky sports news Following the announcement, former England captain Connor expressed her delight that the Women’s T20 World Cup will return to that country in four years’ time and sees this as another sign of growth in women’s cricket.

“First and foremost it’s a showcase of the best women’s teams in the world,” said Connor, who has been crowned 111 times by England in all formats. “We are seeing the quality and influence of women’s cricket continue to grow.

“The second thing to say is that it’s going to be a 12-team tournament for the first time, so it’s going to be the biggest global women’s event we’ve ever seen the women’s game to come here and at this tournament one to claim.

“If the last few years has anything to say with The Hundred, the Women’s Cricket World Cup, the development of other leagues around the world and the quality of bilateral women’s cricket constantly improving and reaching new fans, then we are hopefully another blockbuster tournament.”

We know we still have a long way to go but these events are big milestones and something we all need to stand behind and make sure we seize the opportunity.

Clare Connor, interim head of the ECB

Connor is delighted to see the number of clubs in England and Wales with women’s and girls’ sections grow to over 1,000 and believes events like the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the second year of The Hundred on the horizon can help bring that about continue to build – until 2026.

Bringing these global events to this country will no doubt have an impact on women’s sport as a whole, as she is currently seeing in football at Women’s Euro 2022.

“The point of the women’s sport movement is that the more successful a team is, the more progress the entire movement makes and the more hearts and minds open up to women’s sport, which may not have been the case before,” said Connor.

“We’re all trying to work together in a collective way across women’s sport and we’re in a very different place than we were five years ago when Heather Knight won the World Championship. It is unrecognizable from a general professional organization of women’s cricket and other women’s sports. and the effect this has on participation is enormous.

“We know we still have a long way to go but these events are big milestones and something we all need to stand behind and make sure we absolutely seize the opportunity.”

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