England and Wales have been confirmed as the hosts of the 2026 ICC T20 Women’s World Cup.
After the unforgettable events of the 2017 50-over World Cup, which saw Heather Knight’s side lift the trophy at Lord’s, England will get another chance to win a major tournament on home turf in four years’ time.
England was the venue for the 2009 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 but this will be the first time that the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup has been hosted here.
The tournament is scheduled to take place in June and will see the number of participating teams increase from 10 to 12 – with 33 games to be played in total.
ECB interim CEO Clare Connor suggested the tournament was another opportunity to inspire a new generation of cricketers.
She said: “We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve been selected to host the 2026 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
“We saw back in 2017 how hosting the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup captured people’s imagination and I’ll never forget watching Heather Knight lift the trophy on that magical day at a sold-out Lord’s.
“Women’s cricket has developed rapidly since then, from the numbers of girls picking up bats through All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket, joining clubs, and being able to progress on a pathway to the highest levels of performance.
“We’re seeing right now the positive impact that the UEFA Women’s European Championships is having for football, and hosting this global cricket event will give us another incredible opportunity to inspire even more girls to pick up a bat and ball.”
ECB interim chair Martin Darlow added: “This is a huge year for women’s cricket in our country, with England women competing in the Commonwealth Games for the first time, the second year of The Hundred following straight after and then England and India meeting at Lord’s as part of our white ball series.
“The women’s game is growing at a remarkable pace, and hosting the 2026 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will give a further boost to our strategy to make cricket a gender-balanced sport. This is a really exciting opportunity.”
The news was announced by the ICC earlier today as they outlined the Women’s international tournament schedule between 2024 and 2027 in Birmingham on the eve of the Commonwealth Games, which will include cricket for the first time.
Bangladesh will host the ICC Women’s World T20 World Cup in September/October 2024 before the tournament comes to England and Wales for the first time two years later.
India (September/October 2025) and Sri Lanka (February 2027) have also been confirmed as future hosts for the ICC Women’s 50-over World Cup.