The eight top teams of the world will be vying for a winner’s prize of $ 660,000 in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, which will be held in the United Kingdom from 24 June to 23 July.
In line with the ICC’s strategy of enhancing the stature of women’s cricket, the ICC had earlier in May announced that the total prize money for the tournament would be $2 million, 10 times of the amount at stake in the 2013 edition.
The prize money filters down the ladder with the runner-up winning $ 330,000 and the losing semifinalists getting $ 165,000 each. Teams exiting at the group stage will get $ 30,000 each while each win in the group stage will earn a side $20,000.
Meanwhile, the teams will get to tune up for the pinnacle tournament with the warm-up matches which commence on 19 June with host England taking on Sri Lanka in Chesterfield and India playing New Zealand in Derbyshire.
The practice match schedule:
19 June: New Zealand v India in Derbyshire; England v Sri Lanka in Chesterfield.
20 June: West Indies v Pakistan in Leicestershire; Australia v South Africa in Oakham.
21 June: England v New Zealand in Derbyshire; India v Sri Lanka in Chesterfield.
22 June: Australia v Pakistan in Leicestershire; West Indies v South Africa in Oakham.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Please note that members of the media do not need accreditation cards to cover the warm-up matches. Access to these venues can be gained by producing any valid identity proof of being a journalist or a photographer.
The International Cricket Council has arranged for coverage of these matches as well as editorial material ahead of the pinnacle women’s tournament. The tournament proper too will be covered with match reports, reviews, previews, features and other articles shared with the media and which will also be available on its Online Media Zone.
The OMZ, which was very popular with the media during the ICC Champions Trophy, will also provide a selection of pictures from Getty Images and video interviews and features which will be available for free editorial use.
Details of the event proper coverage will be confirmed in due course.
Monday, 19 June:
· A selection of 10 legends of women’s cricket.
· Australia captain Meg Lanning on the challenges and pressures in women’s cricket.
· Amy Satterthwaite on the chance to inspire the next generation of girls to take up cricket.
· Heather Knight – recovering from injury to make World Cup/inspiring next generation.
Tuesday, 20 June:
· Suzie Bates- captaining New Zealand and the prospect of making her 100th one-day international appearance at the World Cup.
· Alyssa Healy- married to Mitchell Starc- rivalry between the two and how they grew up playing together on the same team as children.
· How are the contests in women’s cricket? What is the kind of competitiveness in women’s Ashes or India-Pakistan matches?
Wednesday, 21 June:
· The performances of the Indian team and achievement of individual players in recent years and the challenges that await it in the ICC Women’s World Cup.
· General England feature about how much the players are looking forward to playing in front of their home fans in a big tournament.
· New Zealand player Erin Bermingham- combining being a police officer with being an international cricketer.
Thursday, 22 June:
· Rankings-based preview of the tournament.
· The role the ICC Women’s Championship has been playing in developing women’s cricket, what players feel about the tournament.
· A piece on West Indies women’s cricket with reference to the two ICC World T20 wins and the under-19 title two years ago.
Friday, 23 June:
· Overall tournament preview with quotes from captains and players.
· Sri Lanka cricket, a peek into the cricket system and how it has been developing over the years
· How South Africa has prepared for the tournament, including hosting a quadrangular tournament, how it was received back home.
· Pakistan team’s aspirations, preparations and objectives.