Calcutta: The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Thursday, announced that the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 will be staged in two India cities — with Mumbai still hosting the majority of games and some group and Super Six Stage matches being relocated to Cuttack.
On the announcement of the full schedule of matches on Friday, ICC chief executive David Richardson said: “I am grateful for all the support ICC has received from the BCCI during a difficult situation, which was not of cricket’s making.
“We are also indebted to the Odisha Cricket Association for making excellent grounds available at such short notice.” Pakistan’s matches will be held at the Barabati. The final remains scheduled for the Brabourne Stadium on February 17.
The Women’s World Cup has been running for longer than the men’s version and was first staged in England in 1973, when it was won by the hosts, which beat Australia by 118 runs in the final at Edgbaston.
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Group A: England (A1), India (A2), West Indies (A3), Sri Lanka (A4)
Group B: Australia (B1), New Zealand (B2), Pakistan (B3), South Africa (B4)
Jan. 31: India vs WI (D/N), CCI
Feb. 1: Eng vs Lanka, CCI; NZ vs SA, Driems Cricket Ground, Cuttack; Aus vs Pak, Barabati, Cuttack/
Feb. 3: India vs Eng, CCI; Lanka vs WI, MIG; NZ vs Pak, Barabati Stadium, Cuttack; Aus vs SA, Driems Cricket Ground, Cuttack
Feb. 5: India vs Lanka, (D/N) CCI; Eng vs WI, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC); Pak vs SA, Barabati Stadium, Cuttack; Aus vs NZ, Driems Cricket Ground, Cuttack.
Feb. 7: A4 vs B4 (7th vs 8th play off), Driems Cricket Ground, Cuttack.
Provided they qualify, each of the top three teams will retain its ranking from the group stage through to the Super Sixes, regardless of their finishing position in the group. For example, England will be ranked A1 whether they finish first, second or third at the end of the group stage. If the fourth ranked team in a group qualifies for the Super Six stage, they will adopt the ranking of the team that they have replaced. For example if Sri Lanka qualifies at the expense of England, Sri Lanka will follow the fixtures for A1 in the Super Six stage.
Feb. 8: A1 vs B1, CCI; A2 vs B2, BKC; A3 vs B3, Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
Feb. 10: A2 vs B1, CCI; A1 vs B3, Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
Feb. 11: A3 vs B2, CCI.
Feb. 13: A1 vs B2 (D/N), CCI; A3 vs B1, MIG; A2 vs B3, Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
Feb. 15: 5th vs 6th Play Off, Barabati Stadium, Cuttack; 3rd vs 4th Play Off, CCI.
Feb. 17: Final (D/N), CCI