England will host the T20 Women’s World Cup in 2026, it was announced at the annual ICC conference on Tuesday.
With four majors announced from 2024 to 2027, England will host the competition for the first time.
While venues have yet to be confirmed, the competition will take place in June and the final will be expanded from 10 to 12 nations, meaning a total of 33 matches will be played.
“We are delighted to have been selected to host the ICC Women’s Under-20 World Cup in 2026,” said Claire Connor, Acting Executive Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“Back in 2017 we saw how hosting the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup captured people’s imagination and I will never forget Heather Knight lifting the trophy on that magical day at Lord’s sold out store.
“Since then, women’s cricket has evolved rapidly, from the number of girls collecting bats to All Stars and Dynamo, joining clubs and being able to work their way up to the highest levels of performance.
“We are now seeing the positive impact of the Women’s Euro on football and hosting this global cricket tournament will give us another incredible opportunity to inspire even more girls to take up the bat and ball.”
Now that the Women’s International Calendar is in place for the next five years, the ICC has also confirmed other host countries for upcoming events.
Right now we are seeing the positive impact of the Women’s Euro on football and hosting this global cricket tournament will give us another incredible opportunity.Claire Connor
Bangladesh will host a major women’s tournament for the first time when they host the T20 World Cup in 2024, with India hosting the Women’s World Cup a year later.
With England taking center stage at the 2026 T20 Women’s World Cup, Sri Lanka’s first Women’s Champions Trophy is slated – subject to qualification – in February 2027.
While detailed arrangements, including the choice of venue, will now be made between the ECB and the ICC, sports minister Nigel Huddleston has announced yet another landmark sporting event in England.
“A decade after London 2012 and ahead of T20 Women’s Cricket this weekend at the Commonwealth Games, I am delighted that the ICC has recognized the UK’s reputation as a major sporting host and champion of women’s sports,” he said. said.
“Thanks to the inspiring performances of the Heather Knight team, our grassroots projects, impressive international and national match attendance figures and rising TV and social media presence, we are one of the leading countries in the growth of women’s cricket.
“We know that sporting events on our doorstep capture the imagination – whether through encouraging children to collect balls and bats or through broader social and economic benefits.
“I look forward to working closely with the organizers of the tournament on how we can use the spirit of this event to increase participation, provide jobs, tourism opportunities and find our future stars.”