The Australian women’s cricket team was named number one in the world at the beginning of October this year. But as of 2016, international women’s cricket will be the winners from recent International Cricket upgrades and changes.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) released a report last week explaining the outcomes of the ICC Board and Committee meetings, and things are looking up for the women.
The ICC’s release said: “The Board…recognised the improved standard and professionaliam in women’s cricket.”
Hallelujah, they’ve recognised that women also do sport really, really well.
As a result they have approved a ‘five-fold increase’ in the prize money allocated to the six ICC women’s events that will be held between 2016 – 2023. That’s five times more money that will be injected in to a women’s sports competition on the international stage.
From next year, the women will be competing for a total prize money pool of $4.4 million. This will include $1 million of prize money for the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017.
The board also said there would be changes to the format of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. It will be an eight team tournament and will be played as a round-robin. Four teams will make it to the semi-finals and then onto the final.
This change means that now there will be 31 matches, as opposed to the 23 that were played in 2013. Every team will be guaranteed a minimum of seven matches.
The other big change is that there will be a second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship played after 2017. The Board thinks that this Championship has really improved the standard of women’s cricket. All teams will get to play at least 21 One Day International games over two years. At the moment, the Championship is also a qualification platform to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. The top four teams from the tournament will automatically qualify.
And the final, big, approval to come from the meetings was that the women’s playing conditions should adopt all of the changes that the men had introduced to them in June this year.