The inaugural edition of the ICC Women‘s Championship kicks off in August 2014 and will see the top eight sides in the game lock horns in a multi-year, bilateral qualifying competition that will lead into the pinnacle event in women‘s cricket, the ICC Women‘s World Cup.
Developed in order to create a more extensive and meaningful bilateral playing programme for women's cricket, the ICC Women‘s Championship will see the eight sides play each other in three One-Day Internationals, either at home or away, between 2014 and 2016.
Points will be awarded for each game, with the top four sides at the conclusion of the ICC Women‘s Championship gaining automatic qualification to the ICC Women‘s World Cup 2017, to be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The bottom four sides will have a second chance to qualify for the marquee event through the ICC Women‘s World Cup Qualifier 2017, details of which will be announced in due course. Joined by six regional qualifiers, the bottom four will face off for the final four positions at the ICC Women‘s World Cup 2017.