ICC Women's T20 World Cup

Women’s sport is on the rise. Female sports professionals are finally being recognised for their talents and given the chance to play for a lot of money on the biggest world stages. This is as true for cricket as it is any other sport, and one of the biggest events in women’s cricket is the ICC Women's T20 World Cup.

In this guide we’ll look at the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in more detail, finding out what the format is like, what the history shows, and what the future holds for this event. If you want to broaden your cricket horizons and have already taken a look at some of the lesser-known events we have covered like the Sheffield Shield and the Sunfoil Series, then the ICC Women's T20 World Cup could be what you’re looking for.

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ICC WOMEN WC 2018 Group A Points Table

Team Played Wins Losses Points Net Run Rate
India Women 4 4 0 8 1.827
Australia Women 4 3 1 6 1.515
New Zealand Women 4 2 2 4 1.031
Pakistan Women 4 1 3 2 -0.990
Ireland Women 4 0 4 0 -3.525

ICC WOMEN WC 2018 Group B Points Table

Team Played Wins Losses Points Net Run Rate
West Indies Women 3 3 0 6 2.900
England Women 3 2 0 5 2.270
Sri Lanka Women 4 1 2 3 -1.171
South Africa Women 3 1 2 2 -0.910
Bangladesh Women 3 0 3 0 -2.162

ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2018 Results

Nov 25, 2018
00:00
Australia Women
106/2 in 15.1
England Women
105/10 in 19.4
ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2018 - Final Match
Australia Women won by 8 wkts
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Nov 23, 2018
00:00
India Women
112/10 in 19.3
England Women
116/2 in 17.1
ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2018 - 2nd Semi-Final Match
ENG Women won by 8 wickets
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Nov 22, 2018
20:00
Australia Women
142/5 in 20.0
West Indies Women
71/10 in 17.3
ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2018 - 1st Semi-Final Match
Australia Women won by 71 runs
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History of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup

The Women's T20 World Cup is sanctioned by the ICC, the main governing board in cricket. It was first staged in 2009, when it was held in England over the course of 10 days.

During that first competition all group games were played at the County Ground, Taunton, which is owned by Somerset Cricket Club and has a maximum capacity of just 8,500, with the final being played at Lord’s, one of the world’s best known cricket grounds. England actually won that competition during a hotly contested final against New Zealand, but in the years that followed their fierce rivals Australia quickly took control and became very dominant.

There were only 8 teams in that first tournament and they played a total of 15 games. These days a total of 10 teams contest the ICC Women's T20 World Cup over 23 games, and this extension speaks volumes for the increasing popularity of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup and the woman’s game in general.

There has been some inconstancy regarding the scheduling of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup, because while it is planned for every 2 years, there were actually 2 tournaments between 2009 and 2010. However, the schedule seems to have settled since then, and as is the case with all major tournaments, future ICC Women's T20 World Cup events are now planned years in advance.

Format of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup

There is a qualifier event for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup, and this is the event that decides the final two teams that make it through. The other teams are given automatic qualification based on their world ranking places, which basically includes the biggest cricket countries in the world. The host is also given automatic qualification.

The ICC Women's T20 World Cup format is similar to other major cricket competitions in that it follows a round-robin and play-off setup. To begin with, all teams are split into two groups, and over the course of the next week or so each team will play every other team once. There are 2 points awarded for a win, 1 for a no result, and if there are two or more teams with the same score at the end of the competition then priority is given to the team with the most wins. If the number of wins are also the same then net run rate comes into play, followed by bowling strike rate and then the head-to-head result.

The top two teams from each group progress to a playoff round, which then becomes the semi-finals. The winners of each semi-final progress to a final, and the winner of that match then becomes the champion, with the loser taking the runner-up spot. The tournament is fairly short lived, with all matches played over the course of 3 weeks, but there are also warm-up matches prior to the event kicking off and during these matches all participating teams are given the chance to get accustomed to the host stadiums and to shake off some of that jet lag.

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