International Cricket Council (ICC) on 29 January 2014 approved the introduction of an International Women’s Championship, which is a part of qualification for the ICC Women's World Cup. As per the approval, each of the top eight ranked international teams will play the others in a series of matches between mid-2017 and the end of 2016. The top teams will automatically qualify for the ICC Women World Cup of 2017 to be played in England.
The team that falls in the bottom sides will fall into the regional qualification structures of ICC to play in a Women’s World Cup qualifier. This qualifier will decide the final list of participants at the Women’s World Cup Cricket Championship.
Competing countries include
• West Indies
• New Zealand
• Sri Lanka
• South Africa
David Richardson, the Chief Executive of ICC in his conference in Dubai said the approval a very positive step for the profile and competitiveness of women’s cricket. This move would also guarantee a more regular ODI cricket for a broader group of nations than ever before.