The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the launch of the second edition of Women's Championship that will get underway with the One-Day International series between Sri Lanka and West Indies in the Caribbean.
The tournament has retained its inaugural format which was won by Australia during the 2014-16 period and they will be competing with England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies which will see the 2021 Women's World Cup host White Ferns along with three other top-ranked teams gaining an automatic qualification to the showpiece event.
The teams will compete with each other in a three each of home and away ODIs with the Championship coming to a conclusion in 2020.
West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor sees the ICC Women's Championship as a big platform to help the women's game move to the next level.
"For many of us, we relish any and every opportunity we get to play, so the ICC Women’s Championship has proven to be a very important platform in the development of the women’s game in the last few years.
"This was evidenced by the huge response to the ICC Women’s World Cup that was staged earlier this year in England, so we are looking forward to the start of the Championship and the journey that we face to qualify for the next ICC WWC.
“The journey to reach the next ICC Women’s World Cup starts here, so we will be taking it one match at a time. At the same time, we also have to continue to expose players and fortify our side, so it will be an interesting challenge.
"We have won six of our last eight matches against the Sri Lankans, including at this year’s ICC WWC, so we are working to ensure that this trend continues."
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Inoka Ranaweera is looking forward to an exciting series against West Indies.
"As women's cricket gains momentum across the globe, I am proud to lead my team off to this exciting series. This tour for us is a combination of a bilateral series and the launch of the ICC Women's Championship.
“Our performance as a team has been improving consistently and we look forward to the opportunity to show our prowess. Playing away from home is never an easy task, but we intend to bring our A game as I am sure our Windies counterparts do.
“My team and I look forward to the next few weeks playing some great cricket in the Caribbean."
The three ODIs which will be part of the ICC Women's Championship will be played between 11th and 15th October in Trinidad following which the two teams will also compete in three Twenty20 Internationals in Antigua.
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