In a significant boost to women’s cricket, the International Cricket Council is planning to launch its first-ever women’s future tour programme. According to the ICC’s chief executive officer, Geoff Allardice, the women’s cricket Future Tours Programme will span three years between 2022 and 2025.
As per a report by ESPN Cricinfo, it has been learned that under the women’s Future’s tour programme, the teams will mostly be playing a three-match ODI series, which will also serve as a qualification process for the 2025 ODI World Cup. Besides, the team will also be keen to play preparatory matches ahead of global events.
“The women’s FTP is going to be published,” Allardice said from Birmingham, where the ICC’s annual conference ended on Tuesday. “It’s the first time we have had a long-term plan around women ‘s series that can give broadcasters and fans a certainty about who is playing who and what time of the year.
“It is structured around the ICC Women’s Championships through from 2022-25 with a lead up to the next World Cup which will be staged in India.”
For a pretty long period of time, the supporters stressed increasing the number of matches in women’s cricket along with regularity in the schedule. However, minimal support from the broadcasters meant that it wasn’t possible.
However, all that is now a thing of the past. After witnessing a sell-out crowd at Lord’s in the women’s World Cup in 2017, women’s cricket has received tremendous support from various stakeholders. It has served as a turning point in encouraging women’s cricket globally.
In the T20 World Cup 2020 held in Australia, a packed crowd was witnessed at the MCG, as it saw an attendance of 85,000-plus fans.