India, England Square Off in Women's World Cup Qualifiers

Updated: 20 August 2014 18:46 IST

The Championship will also see Australia host Pakistan in a multi-year, bilateral qualifying competition to the pinnacle event in women's cricket, the ICC Women's World Cup England 2017.

India, England Square Off in Women's World Cup Qualifiers
Mithali Raj-led Indian women's cricket team will hope to continue their good form against England. © PTI

Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj-led Indian women's cricket team will hope to continue their good form against England.

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The Indian women's cricket team will take on England here in the opening round of the inaugural ICC Championships from Thursday, a top-four finish in which will give the side a place in the 2017 World Cup.

The Championship will also see Australia host Pakistan in a multi-year, bilateral qualifying competition to the pinnacle event in women's cricket, the ICC Women's World Cup England 2017.

Reigning world champion Australia will face Pakistan in a three match One-Day series in a three match One-Day series in Brisbane, while three-time winners England will play India for at Scarborough and Lord's.

The concept, proposed by the ICC Women's Committee and approved by the ICC Board in its January meeting, is aimed at creating more extensive and meaningful bilateral playing programme for women's cricket.

Other competing countries include New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

The tournament structure will see teams play each other in one home or away series that will include three ODIs over a two and a half year period.

As such, each side is guaranteed at least 21 ODIs over the tournament period.

"Two points will be awarded for a win, while points will be shared in case of a tie or a no-result. At the conclusion of the seven rounds, the top four sides will gain automatic qualification to the ICC Women's World Cup England 2017, while the bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in 2017," the ICC said in a statement.

England and India will meet in Scarborough in the first ODI on Thursday. They will then play in Scarborough on August 23 before facing each other in the third ODI at Lord's on August 26



Topics : India Women Cricket
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