New women’s competition approved by ICC Board
Positive progress update on ICC World Twenty20
The ICC Board has approved the introduction of an
International Women’s Championship. This bi-lateral competition
involving the top eight ranked women’s teams will determine
qualification for the next Women’s World Cup.
Competing countries will include Australia, West
Indies, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, India and
Pakistan with promotion and relegation at the end of the first cycle.
Each team will play the others in a series of matches
between mid-2014 and the end of 2016, with the top teams qualifying
automatically for the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “This is a
very positive step for the profile and competitiveness of women’s
“It guarantees a more regular and balanced programme of
meaningful ODI cricket for a broader group of nations than ever before.
“The ICC Women’s World Cup last year set a new
benchmark in terms of quality and public interest and with this added
context the pathway to the 2017 event in England looks really exciting.”
The bottom countries at the end of the International
Women’s Championship will be joined by a number of teams from the ICC’s
regional qualification structures to play in an ICC Women’s World Cup
Qualifier which will determine the final Women’s World Cup participants.
ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014
The ICC Board received an update on the ICC World
Twenty20 in Bangladesh that included a report from a recent security
meeting in Dhaka and noted the positive progress that had been made.
The ICC Board consists of the chairman or president
from each of the 10 Full Members plus three elected Associate Member
representatives. Also present at ICC Board meetings is the ICC
President, who chairs proceedings, the ICC Chief Executive and the ICC