Cape Town - The
International Cricket Council (ICC) has substantially increased the prize
money for the Women's World Cup 2017 to $2 million as part of its
long-term ambition to bring parity to the women's game.
The ICC Board unanimously backed the move as it committed to
accelerate the global development of women's cricket.
It signaled its
intent to move towards equality across the game within 15 years and a
blueprint for growth and sustainability will be launched later this
"The ICC Women's World Cup
is the pinnacle of the women’s game and as such the players should be
rewarded appropriately," said ICC chief executive David Richardson.
"Two million dollars is the first step towards
greater parity and recognition. The prize fund for the 2013 edition was
just $200,000, and this announcement shows a greater level of commitment
than ever before.
"The change will not happen overnight but the women's game is crucial
to the global growth of cricket. There is undoubtedly an audience for
it - there were almost 18 million views of highlights of the Women's
World Cup Qualifier earlier this year - and we need to grow that
further. There is greater depth in the women's game and that is leading
to increased competitiveness which is what fans want to see.
"We think the Women's World Cup this summer will be a turning point
in the history of the game. There is growing interest globally in
women's sports and we want cricket to be front and centre of this and
lead by example."
In a second significant commitment to the global growth of the
women's game, the ICC also confirmed that for the first time in the
history of the ICC Women's World Cup, this year's tournament in England
and Wales will see every ball of every game being covered live.
As part of a comprehensive coverage plan of the eight-team
tournament, 10 matches will be broadcast live on television with DRS
being introduced into the women’s game for the first time and the
remaining 21 matches live-streamed.
The television broadcasts, which will include the two semifinals and
the final, will be covered with the help of 30 cameras.
eight Hawk-Eye cameras which will be employed at each broadcast game for
Ultra-motion ball-tracking that will enable a detailed analysis of the
The final at Lord's on 23 July will provide a different level of
experience with a drone camera and a Spidercam being deployed to capture
different angles, something never seen before in women's cricket or
indeed at the Home of Cricket, Lord's.
Clare Connor, chair of ICC Women's Committee added: "I am delighted
with the commitment shown to the growth of the women's game by the ICC.
The significant uplift in prize money since 2013 and the ambition of
future parity, along with every game being broadcast is a huge moment
for the sport.
"To recognize the players in this way demonstrates the value women's
cricket can add to the game globally and I know we'll see some
exceptional cricket this summer that can grow our fan-base around the