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ICC approved introduction of International Women’s Championship

Jan 30, 2014 09:09 IST

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.

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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
• Australia
• West Indies
• England
• New Zealand
• Sri Lanka
• South Africa
• India
• Pakistan

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.

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