The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international women’s cricket tournament. It serves as the world championship for the sport’s One Day International (ODI) format.
Australia is the most dominant team till now and had grabbed 6 titles. England had won it three times and New Zealand had sealed the trophy once. There have been 10 world cups organised till now, out of which India had hosted it three times and currently it is being played in England (warm up tournaments).
It was first held in England in 1973 two years prior to the first men world cup. The event’s early years were marked by funding difficulties, which meant several teams had to decline invitations to compete and caused gaps of up to six years between tournaments. However, since 2005 World Cups have been hosted at regular four-year intervals.
The tournament will be played by eight nations across four venues in England and will be played from June 24 to July 23. ICC have been working very hard to increase the reputation of the women cricket all over the world and in order for its recognition it had decided to increase the amount given to the winner and runner up. Winner will get the amount of 660,000 US dollars and the runner up will get an amount of 330,000 US dollars.
In line with ICC’s strategy of enhancing the stature of women’s cricket around the world, it had been announced in May that the total prize money for the tournament would be US$ 2 million, ten times the amount at stake in the tenth edition in 2013.Winner will get the amount of 660,000 US dollars and the runner up will get an amount of 330,000 US dollars.
The ICC Women’s World Cup is the pinnacle of the women’s game and as such the players should be rewarded appropriately. Two million dollars is the first step towards greater parity and recognition,” Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive, had said in May. “The prize fund for the 2013 edition was just 200,000 USD , and this announcement shows a greater level of commitment than ever before.