Women’s Cricket World Cup

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA:  Members of the Australian team hold their trophy after beating India in the  World Cup Cricket final at Supersport Park in Pretoria 10 April 2005. An unbeaten 107 by Karen Rolton set up Australia for a crushing 98-run win over an outclassed India in the final of the women's cricket World Cup. AFP PHOTO RAJESH JANTILAL  (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is the premier international championship of women’s One Day International cricket. The event is organised by the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was originally administered by the International Women’s Cricket Council until the two associations merged in 2005. The first tournament was held in England in 1973, two years before the first men’s tournament.

Participation in the tournament has varied through the eight competitions: fifteen different teams have played, but only Australia, England and New Zealand have appeared in every tournament. India have appeared in all but two of the competitions. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Young England have all appeared in just one tournament: in each case, the first competition, in 1973.

The most recent tournament, the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup, was held in India for the third time in February. In the final Australia beat West Indies by 114 runs at the Brabourne Stadium.bp-2_012713073540

First World Cup

Women’s international cricket was first played in 1934, when a party from England toured Australia and New Zealand. The first Test match was played on 28–31 December 1934, and was won by England. The first Test against New Zealand followed early the following year. These three nations remained the only Test playing teams in women’s cricket until 1960, when South Africa played a number of matches against England. Limited overs cricket was first played by first-class teams in England in 1962. Nine years later, the first international one day match was played in men’s cricket, when England took on Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.