Cricket South Africa has announced the host venues for the 2023 Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup and ICC Women's T20 World Cup which will be hosted in the Rainbow Nation. This is the first ever ICC Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup which will be played on JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom and Willowmoore Park in Benoni.
The U19 World Cup is scheduled for January 2023 where 16 teams will take part. The qualification process for the tournament began on 3 June, when teams like Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates entered the tournament via regional qualification.
Whereas, the ICC Women's T20 World Cup will be played in Boland Park in Paarl, Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town and St Georges Park in Gqeberha. This will be the eighth edition of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup tournament.
The Australian women’s team is the defending champions. In November 2020, the International Cricket Council announced that the tournament had been moved from its original slot at the end of 2022 to February 2023. The tournament will be played from 9 – 26 February 2023 with 10 teams.
With the above-mentioned events, South Africa will now be hosting two ICC events in the space of two months and Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki is already excited about this opportunity.
"This is fantastic news, and we acknowledge the ICC’s show of faith in South Africa, and our vision and desire to work collaboratively to host this momentous event," Moseki said. "The U19 Women’s World Cup has been eagerly anticipated by cricket fans and following COVID-19 delays, we are delighted to finally welcome the rising stars of the future onto our shores for what will be an exciting, lesson-filled, and potentially life-changing event.
"On the back of witnessing the fine displays at the recent World Cup, the host cities and venues will be just as excited and ready to set the world stage for the promising cricketers to perform on and be immersed in what will be a first major tournament in the young careers of most of the players," Moseki added.