Cricket Scotland is delighted to announce that it will host the European qualifier tournament next year for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa 2023.
Following the success of the ICC Women’s World Cup Global qualifier in Dundee & Angus last year, Scotland has enhanced its reputation as a perfect stage for ICC qualifying tournaments with easy transport links and a healthy choice of grounds with quality pitches.
The ICC today announced the confirmed schedule for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup qualifying pathway on the road to South Africa 2023 as ICC women’s cricket events return.
The 10-team World Cup which has now been rescheduled to 9-26 February 2023 will see the hosts South Africa and the seven top teams on the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings as of 30 November 2021 – from the teams that competed at the Australia 2020 event – qualify automatically for the 2023 edition.
The remaining two spots will be determined through a qualification process which is scheduled to start at regional level in August 2021 and includes 37 teams. This is an increase of ten teams from the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 qualification, reflecting the continued growth of bilateral women’s T20 International cricket.
Cricket Scotland Women and Girls Development Manager Rosy Ryan said “This is fantastic news and we are excited to be hosting another women’s ICC qualifying tournament.
“The 2019 Global Qualifiers held in Dundee and Angus were watched by over 600 school pupils, many of whom had never seen a cricket game played live before. To be awarded another women’s qualifying event provides us with a massive opportunity to continue raising the profile of women and girls cricket. Considering the season we have just experienced, this news is a great morale boost for all the team.”
Scotland Women’s Head Coach Steve Knox said “The Wildcats look forward to competing in the European T20 Qualifier on home soil in Scotland in August next year. With only one team guaranteed qualification to the Global Qualifier and no reserve days in place, it’s going to be an extremely cut-throat tournament with every ball of every game played being significant. The target will be to win all five games and the team are acutely aware that they will need to be at their best to achieve this.
“The way the players have trained and played over the past 15 months gives me great confidence that we have the desire and ability to take the first step towards qualification for the 2023 T20 World Cup in South Africa.’
The European qualifier will be held 26-30 August and Scotland will compete with Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, France and Turkey to earn a qualifying spot in the Global Qualifier to be held in 2022. Host venues will be announced shortly.