The International Cricket Council is reportedly working on plans to launch a U-19 World Cup for women.
Unlike the 50-over-a-side Colts’ World Cup, the age group global cricket tournament may initially be introduced in the T20 format. The U-19 World Cup for girls may be started as early as next year.
The ICC, according to national daily Times of India, is on course to invite bids for the hosting rights of the Women’s U19 tournament.
“In its last board meeting, ICC had approved four U-19 Women’s World Cups in the 2023-31 cycle. But now it wants to start the tournament in 2021. The bidding process for hosting rights was due to start in early 2020,” the daily has reported an ICC source as saying.
“Establishing the U-19 Women’s World Cup is aimed at improving the pathway for young cricketers and an effort to bring about parity, in terms of opportunities, with men’s cricket,” says the source.
The inaugural U19 Women’s World Cup may be held in Bangladesh.
At present, most countries don’t have a robust system to groom enough women players. The Indian cricket board (BCCI), for one, had started U-19 zonal camps in 2018 and has been targeting girls as young as 16 to play at the level to strengthen the pool of players. This tournament will create scope to invest more at the junior level in associate member countries besides the full members.