While showing the great commitment to take Women’s cricket to a new high, International Cricket Council (ICC) has raised the bar of the women cricket by to the US $2 million for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup, which is further ten-fold of the prize which was awarded in 2013.
“Two million dollars is the first step towards greater parity and recognition. The prize fund for the 2013 edition was just $200,000, and this announcement shows a greater level of commitment than ever before,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said.
The cricket governing body has also made an announcement that all matches will be telecasted, which further includes the live streaming that shows the determination of the cricket board to lend full support to the cricketers in a bid to popularise the women’s cricket across the globe.
“The ICC Women’s World Cup is the pinnacle of the women’s game and as such the players should be rewarded appropriately,” Richardson added.
In 2013, after Australia claimed its sixth 50-over title after thrashing West Indies, the Women in Yellow received the prize money of $200,000.
While discussing the technology, ICC further revealed that drone cameras and Spidercam will be used for the Final. Richardson remarked with the interesting coming in for Women’s mega event as they have decided to invest in order to provide best of the action to viewers across the globe.
“The change will not happen overnight but the women’s game is crucial to the global growth of cricket. There is undoubtedly an audience for it – there were almost 18 million views of highlights of the Women’s World Cup Qualifier earlier this year – and we need to grow that further,” Richardson further added.
Richardson asserted considering the fact women’s cricket have become centre of attraction for the cricket fanatics and they are working hard to entertain the followers of the game with competitive cricket
“There is greater depth in the women’s game and that is leading to increased competitiveness which is what fans want to see,” Richardson revealed.
As cricket has united the country over the mega events, ICC has been playing a significant role to keep cricketers perform at the highest level.
“We think the Women’s World Cup this summer will be a turning point in the history of the game. There is growing interest globally in women’s sports and we want cricket to be front and centre of this and lead by example,” Richardson remarked.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland has hailed ICC’s decision and further expressed it’s a huge step towards women sport for prize parity to men’s cricket.
“This demonstrates a welcome, long-term commitment to the global growth of the women’s game, and it recognises the opportunity presented by women’s sport,” CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said.
Moreover, the ICC Women’s Committee chairperson, Clare Connor said it is wonderful to see ICC promoting women’s cricket by announcing significant steps towards uplifting the sport.
“I am delighted with the commitment shown to the growth of the women’s game by the ICC,” Clare said.
The reports suggested that 21 matches will be live-streamed, whereas, it would be aired live on television as the mega event will kick-start from June 24.
“The significant uplift in prize money since 2013 and the ambition of future parity, along with every game being broadcast is a huge moment for the sport,” Clare concluded.
With the new addition, the Decision Review System (DRS) would come into the effect for the first time in the eight team-based women’s tournament whose final will be played on July 23 at the mecca of cricket, Lord’s.