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Women’s Cricket World Cup 2013 Schedule

The 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup is scheduled to be played from 31 January to 17 February in Mumbai and Cuttack.

Australia and New Zealand are drawn together in Group B alongside South Africa and the Pakistan.

India and West Indies were drawn together in Group A along with England and Sri Lanka.

Women’s Cricket World Cup 2013 Schedule

 Date  Match
Thu Jan 31
09:00 GMT |
14:30 IST
1st Match, Group A – India Women v West Indies Women
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Fri Feb 1
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
2nd Match, Group B – Australia Women v Pakistan Women
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Fri Feb 1
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
3rd Match, Group A – England Women v Sri Lanka Women
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Fri Feb 1
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
4th Match, Group B – New Zealand Women v South Africa Women
DRIEMS Ground, Tangi, Cuttack
Sun Feb 3
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
5th Match, Group B – Australia Women v South Africa Women
DRIEMS Ground, Tangi, Cuttack
Sun Feb 3
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
6th Match, Group A – India Women v England Women
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Sun Feb 3
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
7th Match, Group B – New Zealand Women v Pakistan Women
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Sun Feb 3
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
8th Match, Group A – Sri Lanka Women v West Indies Women
Middle Income Group Ground, Bandra, Mumbai
Tue Feb 5
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
9th Match, Group B – Australia Women v New Zealand Women
DRIEMS Ground, Tangi, Cuttack
Tue Feb 5
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
11th Match, Group B – Pakistan Women v South Africa Women
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Tue Feb 5
09:00 GMT |
14:30 IST
12th Match, Group A – India Women v Sri Lanka Women
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Wed Feb 6
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
10th Match, Group A – England Women v West Indies Women
Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Thu Feb 7
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
7th Place Play-off – TBC v TBC (A4 v B4)
DRIEMS Ground, Tangi, Cuttack
Fri Feb 8
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
13th Match, Super Six – TBC v TBC (A1 v B1)
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Fri Feb 8
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
14th Match, Super Six – TBC v TBC (A2 v B2)
Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Fri Feb 8
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
15th Match, Super Six – TBC v TBC (A3 v B3)
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Sun Feb 10
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
16th Match, Super Six – TBC v TBC (A2 v B1)
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Sun Feb 10
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
17th Match, Super Six – TBC v TBC (A1 v B3)
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Mon Feb 11
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
18th Match, Super Six – TBC v TBC (A3 v B2)
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Wed Feb 13
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
19th Match, Super Six – TBC v TBC (A3 v B1)
Middle Income Group Ground, Bandra, Mumbai
Wed Feb 13
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
20th Match, Super Six – TBC v TBC (A2 v B3)
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Wed Feb 13
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
21st Match, Super Six – TBC v TBC (A1 v B2)
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Fri Feb 15
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
5th Place Play-off – TBC v TBC
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Fri Feb 15
03:30 GMT |
09:00 IST
3rd Place Play-off – TBC v TBC
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Sun Feb 17
09:00 GMT |
14:30 IST
Final – TBC v TBC
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

New Zealand name preliminary squad for T20 World Cup 2012

New Zealand Cricket has announced the 30-man preliminary squad for the ICC T20 World Cup to be staged in Sri Lanka in September and October 2012.

National Selection Manager, Kim Littlejohn said: “This preliminary squad of 30 represents the best Twenty20 players in New Zealand.

“It’s a well-balanced squad with a number of proven performers, giving us plenty of options ahead of final squad selection.

“With the exception of George Worker and Anaru Kitchen, who have both shown promise at domestic level, each member has international experience.

“From this large group we believe we can select a talented Twenty20 squad that will make a strong claim in Sri Lanka.”

The squad is to be reduced to 15 players by August 18.

New Zealand Cricket has also announced a 28 player preliminary squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 to be staged in Sri Lanka in September and October 2012.

National Selection Manager, Kim Littlejohn said: “The players who have made the preliminary squad are the best players available and deserve their inclusion.”

“The group includes a lot of up and coming talent, as well as a number of experienced international players.

“The likes of Brooke Kirkbride, Felicity Leydon-Davis and Georgia Guy are all under 20 years old and are likely to have a big impact in the future.

“The return of Nicola Browne and Sophie Devine who both have experience on the big stage will also be of big benefit to the team.

“We believe this group has the right balance to make a strong bid for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.”

The squad is to be reduced to 14 players by August 25.

Men’s Squad: Ross Taylor (capt), Michael Bates, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Neil Broom, Dean Brownlie, Colin de Grandhomme, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Anaru Kitchen, Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock, George Worker.

Women’s Squad: Suzie Bates, Victoria Abbott, Erin Bermingham, Janet Brehaut, Kate Broadmore, Nicola Browne, Rachel Candy, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Lucy Doolan, Maddy Green, Georgia Guy, Melinda Hodgson, Holly Huddleston, Meg Kendal, Brooke Kirkbride, Felicity Leydon-Davis, Frances Mackay, Sara McGlashan, Katey Martin, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Liz Perry, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Sian Ruck, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu.

India captain Mithali Raj back on top of the world

India captain Mithali Raj has returned to the top of the ICC Women’s ODI Rankings for batters after top scoring in the side’s recent series against England with 251 runs.

Despite India losing the series, Mithali’s return to the top of the rankings has seen her displace ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2011, West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor.

Meanwhile, her England counterpart, Charlotte Edwards, despite leading her side to a 3-2 series win over India, has slipped down the rankings to sixth after a disappointing series with the bat.

Positive movement has been seen by India’s Harmanpreet Kaur, the second most prolific run-getter in the series, who is now ranked seventh, her highest ranking to date after beginning the series in 15th. England’s Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway have also both risen up the rankings to third and fourth respectively.

In the ICC Women’s ODI Rankings for bowlers, which is topped by Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar, England’s Katherine Brunt has forced herself into second place having taken eight wickets during the series.

Brunt is now just two rating points away from Sthalekar but with England not scheduled to play any ODIs until after the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, it may be some time before she makes her bid to reclaim the number one position.

Former India captain Jhulan Goswami has maintained her fourth place after claiming seven wickets in the series, while England’s Jenny Gunn has dropped to ninth and been leap-frogged into eighth position by India’s Gouther Sultana.

There is no change in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for all-rounders, which is currently topped by Taylor of the West Indies and Sthalekar in second place.

Daley breaks into the top five women all-rounders

West Indies’ Shanel Daley has broken into the top five women’s all-rounders’ list in the ICC Women’s ODI Rankings after the three-match ODI series between West Indies and Sri Lanka women.

The West Indies women won the series 2-1.

Daley, who entered in the series in eighth position, has jumped four places to fourth position after finishing as the leading run-getter with 150 runs which was backed up by six wickets at an average of 14 per wicket.

Her 150 runs, which included two half-centuries, gave her a jump of 14 places in the batters’ table and has put her just outside the top 20 in 22nd position while her performance with the ball has given her a ranking of 11th (up by two places).

Other players to head in the right direction include West Indies batter and captain Merissa Aguilleira in 12th position (up by five places), and bowlers Anisa Mohammed in sixth spot (up by one place) and Shakera Selman in 17th position (up by four places).

Chamani Seneviratna inspired Sri Lanka to a one-wicket victory in the second ODI when she scored 36 and bagged 3-27.

The right-hander finished the series in 54th batting (up by 12 places), 18th bowling (up by one place) and 21st all-rounders’ spots (up by six places).

Australia women’s team embraces Indian culture

Australia women have been enjoying the cultural richness of India since arriving in the country on Wednesday.

Having settled in Ahmedabad over the last couple of days, Australia have combined their busy training schedule with the opportunity to visit local tourist attractions of cultural and religious significance.

On Friday a group of players visited the Sabarmati Ashram, where Gandhi spent approximately 12 years of his life. The Ashram has since been recognised as a national monument in light of its links to the Indian independence movement and now houses a museum.

Australia batter Leah Poulton was among the group that visited the Ashram and said it was important for the players to immerse themselves in the cultures of the countries that they tour.

“You can do one of two things, you can either stay in the hotel and stay away from it (the culture) or you can get out there and explore.

“This team that we have, we love getting out there and seeing parts of India and the locals are so nice and welcoming to us we’d be crazy to not get out there and get some new experiences,” Poulton said.

Poulton said it was also important to share the cultural experiences with her teammates.

“We do get to go to lots of different places and we make a point to get out there and spend time together and really enjoy it.

“We’ve got some new people on tour as well that haven’t been to India so it’s nice for the older girls to get out there and show the younger girls different parts and different experiences,” Poulton said.

Australia plays a Tour match on Saturday and Poulton said the team was well prepared for its first hit-out since arriving in India.

“We’ve had a couple of really good training sessions.

“The wickets that we’ve been training on are very similar to what we’ll be playing on tomorrow. The Indians have been really good in giving us some good quality net bowlers as well.

“(We’ve had some) really good training sessions so we really couldn’t be better prepared,” Poulton said.

Australia Women squad for India tour

Selectors have announced a 14-player squad for Australia’s women’s cricket tour of India next month.

Australia have retained the same squad that played in the recent Women’s International Series that concluded last week against New Zealand.

Australia won that T20 series 4-1 and retaining the Rose Bowl Trophy 1-0.

“Following the recent success of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars against New Zealand, the WNSP has chosen the same squad to contest the series against India in March, said WNSP Chair Julie Savage.

“Winning the Rose Bowl 1-0 and the T20 series 4-1 was a good result with excellent performances from experienced all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar who was the T20 player of the series.

“Equally outstanding was the performance of swing bowler Julie Hunter, in both formats, which culminated in her being awarded player of the Rose Bowl Series.

“The contributions from our players with significant experience and the confident performances from players who have played less international matches bode well for our squad ahead of the tour to India.

“The performance of the entire squad during the series was generally pleasing although the WNSP would expect to see some improved consistency particularly amongst the batting group during the Indian series as we continue to prepare for the defense of the ICC World Twenty20 title in September.

“India on their own turf should represent a significant challenge and we believe this squad displays the balance of skills and experience required to continue our recent series success.”

The tour to India will be from 6-26 March 2012, while exact match dates and venues are yet to be finalised.

Squad: Jodie Fields (capt), Alex Blackwell, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Jessica Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Sharon Millanta, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Leah Poulton, Lisa Sthalekar.

Women’s ICC Rankings: Alex Blackwell continues to rise up batting rankings

Australia vice-captain, Alex Blackwell, has risen two places in the Women’s ICC ODI Player Rankings for batters to now occupy fourth place after her side won the recent Rose Bowl series over New Zealand in Sydney.

Australia

Blackwell becomes the highest ranked Australian batter in the rankings which are still headed by India’s Mithali Raj with ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2011, West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor in second place.

Joining Blackwell in the top 10 is Leah Poulton, who now occupies ninth spot in the batter rankings. This is the highest ranking to date of the 27-year-old right-hander from Newcastle, New South Wales and she earns her rankings after finishing 61 not out against New Zealand in the only completed ODI of the three-match Rose Bowl series.

Australian all-rounder Lisa Sthaleker has maintained her eighth ranking, while New Zealand’s Sara McGlashan has slipped one place to now occupy 10th spot after the first two games of the three-match series were rained off.

Outside of the top 10, New Zealand’s 25-year-old left-handed batter, Amy Satterthwaite has now risen two places to occupy 16th position in the global rankings.

In the Women’s ICC ODI Player Rankings for bowlers, India captain Jhulan Goswami is still in top spot with a 10-ratings point lead on Sthalekar. The Australia all-rounder managed only one wicket in the final ODI which meant she never made any impact on the leader.

Meanwhile, Sthalekar’s team-mate – fast bowler Ellyse Perry – has jumped four places to now sit in seventh in the global rankings. The 21-year-old claimed 3-16 against New Zealand to earn herself the rise in the rankings, while team-mate Sarah Coyte has gained her highest ranking to date, 22nd place.

New Zealand’s Sian Ruck has slipped two places to now sit 27th while Australia’s Julie Hunter has re-entered the rankings in 38th place after the 27-year-old medium pacer claimed 3-31 in Australia’s crushing nine-wicket victory over the White Ferns.

The Women’s ICC ODI Player Rankings for all-rounders, the table is still topped by West Indies’ Taylor, with Sthalekar in second, while Perry has risen one place to now sit sixth in the table.

England women to play T20Is against West Indies

England women will play West Indies women in a five-match Twenty20 series with the first two games at the Emirates Durham ICG and Old Trafford, on September 8 and 10 respectively, scheduled directly before England men take on South Africa in T20 internationals and broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The third women’s T20 will be played at the County Ground, Northampton, on September 13 followed by the penultimate match at the PROBIZ County Ground, Hove, two days later.

The series will culminate with the fifth T20 at Arundel Cricket Club in Sussex on September 16.

The series will be the last international competition for both teams before the Women’s World T20 in Sri Lanka, which starts two weeks later.

“The additional NatWest Women’s T20 Series this summer is a huge bonus for the England women’s team and for women’s cricket,” ECB head of England women’s cricket Clare Connor said.

“I’m delighted that international women’s cricket will be showcased alongside the England men’s matches in Durham and Manchester.

“Spectators will be treated to an exciting opportunity to experience two sets of double-header games before the teams fly out to Sri Lanka a couple of weeks later for the ICC World Twenty20.

“It’s fantastic once again that two matches will be shown live on Sky Sports for viewers to experience international women’s cricket at its best.”

T20 Series England women v West Indies women – Schedule

  • Sept 8: 1st T20, Emirates Durham ICG
  • Sept 10: 2nd T20, Old Trafford
  • Sept 13: 3rd T20, County Ground, Northampton
  • Sept 15: 4th T20, PROBIZ County Ground, Hove
  • Sept 16: 5th T20, Arundel Cricket Club

Jhulan Goswami conferred with Padma Shri

The Indian women’s cricket team captain Jhulan Goswami has been conferred with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for her services to cricket.

Jhulan, who heads the ICC rankings for bowlers, has taken 135 wickets in 114 one-day internationals and 33 from eight Tests for India

Goswami is the second India woman cricketer to be awarded the Padma Shri after Diana Edulji, the first Indian Women’s captain.

In 2010, she received the Arjuna Award, the highest civilian honour for sportspersons.

She also won the ICC Women’s Player of the Year 2007 and the M.A. Chidambaram trophy for Best Women Cricketer in 2011.

Goswami joined Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Bishan Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni among cricketers to have been conferred with the award.

The awards will be presented by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi in March-April.

SMBB Women Cricket Challenge Trophy Teams and Schedule 2012

The Pakistan Cricket Board and Zarai Taraqyati Bank Ltd. (ZTBL) have announced the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (SMBB) Women Cricket Challenge Trophy.

The first edition of this T20 competition commences on January 22, 2012 and from now on it will be an annual event.

Six women teams will be competing for the coveted Trophy that is named after Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

For the 2012 Trophy national level players have been divided into these six teams: Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw, Balochistan, Federal Capital and the ZTBL.

To make the format exceptionally competitive, the six teams have been divided into two pools, with the winner of each pool qualifying for the final.

The opening ceremony of the event will be held on January 22 at the Kinnaird College Ground while the final will be played on January 24 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

On the first two days, three matches a day have been scheduled, with two to be played at Gaddafi Stadium and one at the Kinnaird College ground.

The matches held at Gaddafi Stadium will be televised live by PTV Sports.

Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (SMBB) Women Cricket Challenge Trophy Schedule 2012

Date Teams Grounds
22-01-2012 Sind Women vs ZTBL Women Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Lahore
22-01-2012 Punjab Women vs Federal Capital Women Kinnaird College, Lahore
22-01-2012 Baluchistan Women vs Sind Women Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Lahore
23-01-2012 Punjab Women vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Women Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Lahore
23-01-2012 Baluchistan Women vs ZTBL Women Kinnaird College, Lahore
23-01-2012 Federal Capital Women vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Women Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Lahore