DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has on Wednesday released the complete schedule for this summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup in England and Wales.
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The tournament will kickstart from Saturday, 24 June as 28 games will be held over 21 days, including four weekends, meaning more opportunities for fans to attend.
A round-robin between the world’s eight best teams will conclude with the semi-finals at Bristol and Derby before the final at Lord’s on 23 July. Tickets for group stage matches start at £10 for adults, £5 for students (aged between 17 and 23-years-old) and £2 for under-16s.
As tickets go on sale today at noon, David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, said: “I can’t think of a better moment than International Women’s Day to unveil the schedule of one of the leading global events in women’s sport.
“We are anticipating an exciting tournament, and I know the players are looking forward to competing here in front of unprecedented levels of support. We’ve already sold 9000 tickets for the final at Lord’s which bodes well for the rest of the event going on sale today. I know we can always count on the British sport loving public to support big events.
“After the hugely successful qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka last month, we can already see that there will be some fiercely contested fixtures as the standard and competitiveness of women’s cricket continues to rise.”
Steve Elworthy, the Managing Director of the ICC Women’s World Cup, said: “We are extremely excited about the ICC Women’s World Cup being staged at four outstanding county grounds which I am sure will provide the best possible showcase for the top players in the women’s game.
“Today, the tickets for all the matches will go on sale, and I am sure they will be in high demand as each of the competing countries have a considerable support in England and Wales. This promises to be the best ICC Women’s World Cup tournament, and I am sure everyone will want to be a part of the event.”
Host England faces India on an opening day – a team it defeated in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 – in a highly anticipated fixture in Derby while powerhouse New Zealand faces qualifier Sri Lanka in Bristol on the same day – 24 June.
India will feature in four games in Derby, including the much-anticipated clash with its arch-rival Pakistan on Sunday, 2 July. India will also take on the West Indies in Taunton, Australia in Bristol and South Africa in Leicester.
England will take on the six-time and reigning champion Australia in Bristol on Sunday, 9 July and the highly-fancied New Zealand in Derby on 12 July. The big-hitting West Indies team, runner-up in the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup, will play three matches in Taunton including the repeat of the Mumbai final against Australia in the opening match at the County Ground on 26 June.
Leicester will be the home venue for Pakistan with five of its seven matches being staged at Grace Road including matches against England on 27 June and Australia on 5 July.
The two semi -finals will be in Derby and Bristol on 18 and 20, culminating with a Lord’s final on 23 July, for which tickets are already selling quickly. – AFP