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ICC to increase teams in Women's T20 and 50-over World Cups from 2026

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced it will add more teams to the Women's Twenty20 and 50-over World Cups from 2026 on International Women's Day.

ICC to increase teams in Women's T20 and 50-over World Cups from 2026

The 20-over tournament is due to feature 12 teams from 2026, up from 10 and the 50-over event, will be increased from eight to 10 teams in 2029.

Women's cricket has grown exponentially in recent years, which can be highlighted through the 2020 T20 World Cup final last year between Australia and India that was attached by 86,174 fans at the MCG - a record attendance for a women's cricket match.

"We have a clear focus and commitment to an ambitious long-term growth plan for the women's game," said ICC chief-executive Manu Sawhney.

"We have been building momentum around the women's game for the last four years investing in global broadcast coverage and marketing to drive fan engagement.

"This decision to expand our women's events builds on these foundations and allows us to give more member countries greater opportunities to compete on a global stage.

"This means that more teams will also get the opportunity to compete in the qualification pathways for the respective ICC events over the coming years.

"I am sure these initiatives will go a long way in helping us achieve our strategic goal of continuing to build strength and depth in the women's game."

The 2021 50-over World Cup, which has been delayed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will see England look to hold onto their title having won the previous competition in 2017, beating India at a sold out Lord's.

Author: Jake Wilkin