The venue to host the final of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup has been announced by the ICC. The final will be held at the illustrious Lord’s stadium, with the event scheduled for a month from the last week of June to the last week to July, from 26th June to 23rd July.
The event will be played out as an eight-team solo league format, with the top four teams in the round robin stage moving into the semi-finals. Early qualifications for the World Cup will be based on the results of the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship. The top-four teams in the Women’s Championship will gain automatic qualification to play the ICC Women’s World Cup, while the remaining teams will have to go through a qualification event, consisting of 10 teams that will be held at the start of 2017.
Currently, Australia, West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa – in the order mentioned – are the four teams topping the points table of the ICC Women’s Championship. Three-time former champion and host England is fifth placed, while Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka hold the remaining three places respectively.
England won the inaugural edition of the event in 1993 that it had hosted back then. Its second Women’s World Cup title came in 1999, again as a host, while its last title came in 2003, when it successfully defended its win in Sydney.
Australia, which recently won its three-match ODI series against India as a part of the ICC Women’s Championship, is the current defending champion.