Mani: Future Womens World Cup will elevate game

ICC President Ehsan Mani believes the next two Women’s World Cups, in Australia in 2009 and India four years later, will take the sport to a new level.

The World Cups will be the first to be played under the ICC’s auspices after it merged with the International Women’s Cricket Council last year.

And Mr Mani said: “This is an exciting time for the women’s game and the fact the venues for the next two World Cups have now been decided is a further illustration of that fact.

“Both tournaments will benefit from the increased financial and logistical support that we can offer as the worldwide governing body.

“And, on top of that, there will be the extra exposure and profile that comes with being an ICC Event.

“Those factors will combine to make both tournaments the best ever in the history of women’s cricket and they will ensure the game is taken to a new level.”

The White Ferns won on home soil in 2000, having also hosted the event in 1982.

The Women’s World Cup has been running for longer than the men’s version and was first staged in England in 1973, when the hosts beat Australia at Edgbaston.

Since then there have been a further seven tournaments, with Australia and India contesting the final of the 2005 World Cup, in South Africa. Australia won by 98 runs.

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