Inaugural Under-19 women’s world champs to be crowned on January 29 in Potchefstroom

The JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom will host the final of the inaugural Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup on 29 January, 2023. The tournament, originally scheduled for 2021 before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, will kick off on January 14, and will feature 41 matches across two weeks across Benoni and Potchefstroom. January 30 is a reserve day for the final.

In all 16 teams will contest the tournament, including Indonesia and Rwanda, who will feature in a show-piece event in cricket for the first time.

The teams are split into four groups, with the top three from each group going through to a Super 6 round. The semi-finals will both be held on January 27, with a reserve day slotted in on 28th.

Group A includes Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and USA, Group B is England, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Rwanda, Group C is Ireland, Indonesia, New Zealand and West Indies, while Group D comprises India, South Africa, UAE and Scotland.

Four games will played each day during round one, spread across the JB Marks Oval and NW University Oval in Potchefstroom, and Willowmoore Park and Willowmoore Park B in Benoni. Australia and Bangladesh play the tournament opener at Willowmoore Park on January 14, while India open their account against South Africa later that evening.

In the Super 6s, teams from groups A and D will face each other, and teams from Groups B take on those from Group C for a place in the semis.

The main event will be preceded by 16 warm-up matches between January 9 and 11 in Johannesburg and Tshwane.

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