Newlands among Women’s T20 World Cup venues

Cape Town’s Newlands Cricket Ground is among the three hosts named for next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023.

The 25,000-capacity arena, famously overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, is the largest of the three venues selected for next February’s event.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that the 19,000-capacity St George’s Park Cricket Ground in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) and 10,000-capacity Boland Park in Paarl will also host games.

Newlands staged a semi-final of the men’s ICC World Twenty20 in 2007, while St. George’s Park and Boland Park will host their first major ICC event matches since the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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

“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.”

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup was originally scheduled for November 2022 but was pushed back to 2023 due to the knock-on effect of other events being postponed due the pandemic.

10 nations will participate in the senior women’s tournament, eight of which have been confirmed – South Africa, Australia, India, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies. The remaining two teams will be determined at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers, which will take place in the UAE in September 2022.

The ICC has also confirmed the host venues for the inaugural ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup, which will also be held in South Africa next year.

The first edition of the U19 Women’s T20 World Cup will take place in Benoni and Potchefstroom.

Chris Tetley, the ICC’s head of events, said: “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.”

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