The International Cricket Council (ICC) took giant strides to popularise women’s cricket ahead of the upcoming 2017 World Cup in England by increasing the prize money to $2 million, ten times the amount that was awarded in the last edition in 2013.
The ICC has also announced that Decision Review System (DRS) will be put in place for the first time in women’s cricket during the eight-team tournament starting June 24. In addition, 10 matches will be broadcasted live on television while the remaining 21 matches will be live-streamed for the viewers. The ICC has decided to extensively enhance the viewing experience and will use Spidercam and drone cameras for the final at Lord’s on July 23. 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.
The tournament will start from June 24 with hosts England taking on India and New Zealand facing off against Sri Lanka on the opening day. The eight-team tournament will also feature Australia, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan.