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The International Cricket Council (ICC) have decided to launch a Women’s Championship, which is set to begin in August.
The Championship will be a multi-year competition and will also be the preliminary qualifying tournament for the women’s World Cup, which will be held in England in 2017.
Former England captain Claire Connor, who chairs the ICC women’s committee, was ecstatic about the idea of holding a Women’s Championship.
“The ICC Women’s Championship is an exciting new initiative that represents a significant step in the continued development of women’s cricket,” Connor said. “The multi-year structure provides regular playing opportunities for the leading women’s teams, as well as clear context around bi-lateral series that provides a competitive pathway into the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.”
ICC chief executive David Richardson added: “The ICC Women’s Championship provides another fantastic opportunity for women’s cricket. Following the ICC Board’s decision to hold a stand-alone ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament every four years, alternately with the ongoing joint men’s and women’s ICC World Twenty20, this tournament guarantees both regular playing opportunities and a meritocratic pathway to the ICC Women’s World Cup.”