International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the schedule for highly anticipated 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup on March 8 as they have put tickets on sale for the tournament from 12pm GMT on Wednesday.
The tournament will feature eight of the best teams across the world as they play each other in a round-robin league before the top four make to the semifinals of the tournament which will be played at Bristol and Derby.
2017 edition will begin on June 24, Saturday when hosts England take on India and the tournament will be played for almost four weeks. The finals will be played in the iconic Lord’s stadium on July 23. Ticket prices have been decided for the tournament as rates start at £10 for adults, £5 for students (aged between 17 and 23-years-old) and £2 for under-16s.
ICC’s chief executive David Richardson 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 extremely 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 large 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.”
Hosts England, six-time champions Australia are the overwhelming favorites to clinch the trophy as India will look to make a deep run into the tournament by qualifying for the semi-finals.
India will face Engalnd in the opening game at Derby on June 24 and they face West Indies at Taunton before returning to Derby to lock horns with arch rivals Pakistan. They also play South Africa at Leicester, Australia in Bristol and New Zealand, Sri Lanka at Derby in the group matches.
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