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CRICKET: International Council approves new Women's Championship

Published:Thursday | January 30, 2014 | 8:47 AM

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has approved the introduction of an International Women’s Championship.



This bi-lateral competition involving the top eight ranked women’s teams will determine qualification for the next Women’s World Cup.



Competing countries will include Australia, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, India and Pakistan with promotion and relegation at the end of the first cycle.



Each team will play the others in a series of matches between mid-2014 and the end of 2016, with the top teams qualifying automatically for the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017.



The bottom countries at the end of the International Women’s Championship will be joined by a number of teams from the ICC’s regional qualification structures to play in an ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier which will determine the final Women’s World Cup participants.



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