India captain of women’s cricket team, Mithali Raj appreciated the fame and recognition being received by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup at a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.
“It’s heartening to see the success of the ICC Women’s World Cup and the popularity of women’s cricket in India. That so many people followed our progress at the World Cup proves that there is an appetite for women’s cricket in India and it will only grow in the coming years”, Raj said.
Interest in women’s cricket has seen a major surge over the past couple of years and new research unveiled today by the ICC shows the scale of the impact this summer’s Women’s Cricket World Cup has had on fans and new participants
As many as 92% of sports fans in India believe they had seen an increase in media coverage of women’s cricket in the last two years while 66% in England and Wales, 66% in Australia, 58% in South Africa and 50% in New Zealand felt the same.
The ICC Women’s Championship will be played in the same format as the inaugural edition which was held from 2014-16, with all eight sides – Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Windies – taking on each other in series of three ODIs on a home or away basis.
Member boards will be encouraged to play T20Is during tours but no other ODIs can be scheduled along with Women’s Championship series. Teams will get two points for each win, one point for a tie or no-result and no points for a loss.
The next edition of the ICC Women’s Championship commences in two days