Leicester gets ready for ICC Women’s World Cup
Published on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
THE COUNTDOWN to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup 2017 begins today (Wednesday 8 March), with less than four months to go before Leicester hosts its first match of the tournament.
Grace Road will be the venue for seven World Cup fixtures, starting with Pakistan v South Africa on Sunday 25 June and followed by England v Pakistan on Tuesday 27 June.
Leicestershire County Cricket Club chief executive Wasim Khan MBE said: “We are delighted to announce an exciting schedule of matches with the world’s best players visiting the region. Hosting the England v Pakistan match last season was a huge honour, so it is great that the teams will be returning here for an ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 fixture.”
To mark the launch of the tournament schedule – fittingly, on International Women’s Day – a large clock in Leicester’s Town Hall Square will be counting down to the start of the tournament, while England internationals Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell and Amy Jones join youngsters from Rushey Mead primary school for a game of Kwik Cricket.
David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, said: ‘I can’t think of a better moment than International Women’s Day to unveil the schedule of one of the leading global events in women’s sport.
“We are anticipating an exciting tournament and I know the players are looking forward to competing here in front of unprecedented levels of support.
“After the extremely successful qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka last month, we can already see that there will be some fiercely contested fixtures as the standard and competitiveness of women’s cricket continues to rise.”
The ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 gets under way on Saturday 24 June, with 28 matches taking place over 21 days, culminating in the final at Lord’s on Sunday 23 July.
Tickets for all 28 round-robin matches in Leicester, Bristol, Derby and Taunton will go on sale at 12 noon today (8 March). Match tickets – £10 for adults, £5 for students (aged 17-23) and £2 for under 16s – are available from www.icc-cricket.com/tickets
Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “We’re very proud that Leicester will be part of this major global tournament and we look forward to welcoming cricket fans from around the world to our city in June.”
Matches to be played in Leicester are set out below:
Pakistan v South Africa – Grace Road, Leicester
Sunday 25 June
England v Pakistan – Grace Road, Leicester
Tuesday 27 June
South Africa v West Indies – Grace Road, Leicester
Sunday 2 July
Pakistan v Australia – Grace Road, Leicester
Wednesday 5 July
South Africa v India – Grace Round, Leicester
Saturday 8 July
West Indies v Pakistan – Grace Road, Leicester
Tuesday 11 July
Pakistan v Sri Lanka – Grace Road, Leicester
Saturday 15 July
*All matches will start at 10h30 (UK time)