India first up

West Indies women take a break from training.

DUBAI – West Indies will open against India in the International Cricket Council Women’s World cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on January 31.

The ICC has released the schedule and format of the Women’s World Cup, to be held in Mumbai from 31 January to 17 February 2013.

The Caribbean cricketers will also play against Sri Lanka on February 4th, and holders England on February 6th in Group ‘A’ preliminaries. Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa make up the other group.

The top eight women’s sides in the world will battle it out to be crowned ICC Women’s World Cup champion across five venues.

The eight teams have been divided into two groups of four, with the top three progressing into the Super Sixes stage of the tournament.

“The ICC Women’s World Cup is the pinnacle of women’s cricket and to have India hosting the top eight women’s sides in the one-day format is a real boost to women’s cricket in this part of the world” said ICC president Alan Isaac.

“This will be the third time that India has staged the Women’s World Cup but this could be by far the most significant. I feel that we are on the verge of a massive sea change in the women’s game, and where better for that to take place than in the great city of Mumbai?”

A total of 25 matches will be played across five venues in Mumbai – Wankhede Stadium, Bandra Kurla Complex, Cricket Club of India, Middle Income Group Club Ground and DY Patil Stadium – with CCI scheduled to host the final of the tournament on 17 February in a day/night ODI.

An 18-member West Indies women’s squad is presently encamped at the Sagicor High Performance Centre and will be there until December 15. They will face South Africa in five One-Day Internationals and two T20 Internationals as a prelude to the World Cup.

Former Barbadian national player Pat Greenidge has been named the West Indies women’s team manager.

West Indies women’s squad: Merissa Aguillera, Shakera Selman, Amanda Samaroo, Natasha McLean, Stafanie Taylor, Anisa Mohammed, Shanel Daley, Tremayne Smartt, Britney Cooper, Shamilia Connell, Juliana Nero, Shaquana Quintyne, Deandra Dottin, June Ogle, Shemaine Campbell, Subrina Munroe, Kyshona Knight, Kycia Knight. (windiescricket)††

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