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The International Cricket Council today announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, which will be staged in the United Kingdom from 24 June to 23 July. Australia will defend the title, while other teams to feature in the 30-day tournament include host England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South […]
The International Cricket Council today substantially increased the prize money for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 to $2 million and unveiled unprecedented broadcast plans for the tournament as part of its long term ambition to bring parity to the women’s game. The ICC Board unanimously backed the move as it committed to accelerate the […]
Sri Lanka will be fancying its chances against South Africa in familiar conditions at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Friday after pulling off a five-wicket win over Pakistan in its first match in the Super Six stage, which has instilled more interest in the proceedings. A win will take Sri Lanka closer […]
England became the second team to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 with a 122-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first match of their ICC Women’s Championship series in Colombo on Saturday. The win took next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup host to 25 points from 19 matches on the points table. […]
A qualifier each from Europe and East Asia Pacific to be decided in events this month Two teams will book their spots for next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup qualifier in events to be played in different parts of the world this month. The Europe qualifier in the English county of Essex from 12-15 July […]
The ICC Women’s Championship has a clear leader in world champion Australia after an exciting month of one-day cricket, which featured seven of the eight sides in the competition.
Australia, which will be aiming for its fourth straight ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title in India later this month, entered the latest round of matches as Championship co-leaders with the West Indies.
But two series wins against India and New Zealand has helped it to break-away from the Caribbean side, which is now trailing by four points.
Australia beat India and New Zealand by an identical 2-1 margin to earn eight out of a possible 12 points on offer. Meg Lannings’s side came from a match down to beat New Zealand and retain the Rose bowl title for the 14th time.
Australia now has two rounds of matches remaining, which will be again South Africa and Sri Lanka.
West Indies, meanwhile, has secured second position with a 2-1 win over South Africa. The Caribbean side’s remaining two series are against fifth-placed India and sixth-placed England.
The Proteas hold on to fourth spot in the Championship table despite losing both outings against England and the West Indies.
The significance of the ICC Women’s Championship lies in the fact that it is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup July 2017. The top four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship will obtain automatic qualification for the event proper to be staged in England, while the bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier earlier in 2017.
Leader Australia seems certain to make the cut for qualification, along with the West Indies. The bottom two sides Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in contrast, will have to run a very tough race if they want to move back in contention. In the middle of the table, New Zealand, South Africa, England and India are neck and neck in a battle for the other two World Cup qualification spots.
Sixth-placed England has three games in hand, giving it the upper hand as well as a very strong chance to finish inside the top four. England’s next three rounds will feature contests against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the West Indies.
India, meanwhile, was impressive against Australia, pulling one game back against the top-ranked side in an away series. This was followed by a three-nil series win against Sri Lanka at home, allowing the Asian team to move up the rankings from seventh to fifth. Nevertheless, Mithali Raj’s side is still not assured of a World Cup qualification.
India will need to win both its final two rounds against the West Indies and Pakistan to put pressure on the other leading contenders.
Individual player performances have been in keeping with team performances, as Australia’s Meg Lanning leads the run-scorers table with 920 runs, including four centuries and four half-tons. Lanning has played in all of Australia’s 15 matches so far, and averages an impressive 70.
Suzie Bates of New Zealand is third with 686 runs, while Chamari Atapattu is Sri Lanka’s best performer in sixth place with 493 runs. India’s teenager Smriti Mandhana is her sides leading run-getter with 438 runs in 13 matches.
Australia’s spinner Jess Jonassen is the leading wicket-taker in the championship to date with an impressive haul of 25 wickets at an average of 17.
Anisa Mohammed of the West Indies, Shabnim Ismail of South Africa and Heather Knight are not far behind with 24, 22 and 20 wickets, respectively.
Australia’s dominance in the ICC Women’s Championship is also reflected in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Women’s Player rankings, with Australian captain Meg Lanning holding on to her number-one spot in the women’s batting rankings.
Bates has retained her second position, while India captain Mithali Raj is in third. West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor is in fifth, while England captain Charlotte Edwards is in seventh. South African Trisha Chetty and West Indies’ Deandra Dottin have both edged their way into the top 10. This is a career-best ranking for Chetty, who has scored an impressive 482 runs in the championship to date.
A look at some selected rankings shows South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp has moved up two spots to 23rd, Jessica Cameron and Smriti Mandhana have gained one spot each to rise to 21 and 22 respectively. Shemaine Campbelle of the West Indies has had an impressive eight spots jump to land at 38th.
Amongst the bowlers, India’s Jhulan Goswami has held her number-one position. Katherine Brunt of England has moved up two spots to third, Ellyse Perry is up a place to fifth, while West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor has dropped three positions moving to sixth.
Marizanne Kapp who has taken 16 wickets in the Championship to date, has moved up three spots to 14th, while Hayley Matthews of the West Indies, who has 15 Championship wickets so far, has been rewarded with a six-spot jump to 41st.
The ICC Women’s Championship is back in action in June when Pakistan will travel to England and South Africa will host New Zealand.
Following is the schedule of forthcoming matches in ICC Women’s Championship:
England vs Pakistan
20 June – 1st ODI, Grace Road, Leicester
22 June – 2nd ODI, County Ground, Derby
27 June – 3rd ODI, County Ground, Derby
South Africa vs New Zealand
8 Oct – 1st ODI, De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
11 Oct – 2nd ODI, De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
13 Oct – 3rd ODI, De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have recommended that the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 follow the successful formula of the 2013 event with The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff being the venues proposed.
Steve Elworthy, the ECB’s Head of Global Events, said: ‘The format and the venues in 2013 proved extremely popular and the fans turned out in record numbers for the event.
‘All three venues will be keen to repeat their success from the last tournament and I am sure they will have learnt from the experience which will lead to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 being even more memorable.’
Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, added: ‘There has never been such a concerted period of high class international cricket in England and Wales. ECB will host three global events with the Champions Trophy 2017, the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 within two years.
‘This is a golden time for spectators to watch cricket in our country and we know from the experiences of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 that the tournament appeals to fans from all ethnic backgrounds and they are most welcome in our grounds.’
In 2013 Edgbaston held the 50-over final between India, the eventual winners, and hosts England while in 2017 it is planned that The Oval will host its second ICC Champions Trophy final – the other being in 2004 when West Indies beat England.
All venues are subject to ICC approval.