New Delhi . Batting great Sachin Tendulkar believes the Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup to be held in South Africa has immense potential and has the potential to change the landscape of women’s cricket across the globe.
The first Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup begins on January 14 and 16 teams will battle it out to capture the coveted trophy. All 41 matches will be played in Benoni and Potchefstroom and the final will be held on January 29.
All eyes will shift to the Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup and the Women’s T20 World Cup, Sachin wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday. Women’s T20 has been played for many years but the Under-19 World Cup is happening for the first time and has a lot of potential.
“It will change the landscape of Women’s World Cup as it will provide a huge platform for young women cricketers to learn and experience,” she added. Although women’s cricket has come a long way, there are still some areas to work on.
Sachin stressed the need to find more talented women cricketers which can happen from this U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup.
The more we expand our base, the more we will be able to find talent which will directly impact the quality of the game, he added. I think the first tournament will ensure that. There will be an emphasis on junior cricket in various countries. We have seen that cricket boards have announced or are planning to announce higher age group tournaments for girls.
Citing examples of Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Kagiso Rabada, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sachin said that these players first made an impact in the Under-19 World Cup and then went on to become stars. The same can happen with women’s cricket from the Under-19 World Cup.
Talking about his favorite team, Sachin extended his best wishes to the Indian team led by Shefali Verma. He said that the Indian men’s U-19 team is traditionally strong and has won the title five times.
After the conclusion of this tournament, the Women’s T20 World Cup will be held in South Africa from 10 to 26 February. Tendulkar said back-to-back tournaments will have a deep impact in South Africa and also wished the Indian team to break the impasse over the Senior Women’s T20 World Cup.
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