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Task cut out for Indians

Calcutta: The Indian women’s team will face England in the opening round of the inaugural ICC Championships on Thursday, a top-four finish in which will give the side a place in the 2017 World Cup.

The Championship will also see Australia host Pakistan in a multi-year, bilateral qualifying competition to the pinnacle event in women’s cricket.

The concept, proposed by the ICC Women’s Committee and approved by the ICC Board in its January meeting, is aimed at creating more extensive and meaningful bilateral playing programme for women’s cricket.

Other competing countries include New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.