ICC unveil plans to expand Women's World Cup

08 Mar 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The ICC will expand the number of teams competing at the women’s T20 and One Day World Cups, as well as creating a new tournament in a bid to grow the sport.

The One-Day ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup will have two more teams added, growing to ten sides from the 2029 edition, and bringing it in line with the men’s competition, which also featurings 48 matches/

Meanwhile, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will expand to 12 teams from 2026 onwards, with a new ICC Women’s T20 Champions Cup - featuring six teams - will be held in 2027 and then again in 2031.

“We have a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term growth plan for the women's game,” said Manu Sawhney, CEO, ICC.

"We have been building momentum around the women's game for the last four years investing in global broadcast coverage and marketing to drive fan engagement.

"This decision to expand our women's events builds on these foundations and allows us to give more member countries greater opportunities to compete on a global stage.

"This means that more teams will also get the opportunity to compete in the qualification pathways for the respective ICC events over the coming years.

"I am sure these initiatives will go a long way in helping us achieve our strategic goal of continuing to build strength and depth in the women's game."