The ECB today released the schedule for England women’s three match Royal London One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan women, the first of which will be played at Grace Road.
England women take on Pakistan women in Leicester on June 20 and it will be the first time that our ground has hosted international women’s cricket in ten years, after England women last played a drawn Test match against India here in 2006.
The teams then move on to New Road, Worcester (June 22) before the third and final Royal London ODI is played at the County Ground, Taunton, on June 27. England women memorably beat Australia in the opening match of the Women’s Ashes series at the same venue earlier this year.
The Royal London ODIs will form England’s fifth round of matches in the ICC Women’s Championship – the qualification tournament for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England.
As per the ICC Playing Conditions for the competition, in the event of the match not being completed on the scheduled date, a reserve date the following day is in place for each of the Royal London ODIs.
There will also be a three game NatWest International Twenty20 (IT20) series to be played on 3rd, 5th and 7th July at the Bristol County Ground, the Ageas Bowl and the Essex County Ground respectively. The second match at the Ageas Bowl will be played immediately before the men’s NatWest IT20 between England and Sri Lanka.
The ECB also confirmed today that Sky Sports and BBC Radio will provide live ball-by-ball television and radio coverage of all six of England women’s encounters against Pakistan in June and July next year.
ECB’s Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Pakistan next summer for a three-match Royal London ODI series and a three-match NatWest IT20 series.
“The introduction of the ICC Women’s Championship has brought context and meaning to every ODI series that we play. As we approach the business end of the competition next year with World Cup qualification the prize, every match and every point carries huge significance.
“This summer we enjoyed record crowd attendances for the Women’s Ashes, and it is fantastic to see more and more people buying tickets year on year to watch the England women’s team play.
“The women’s game continues to expand and reach new audiences and I hope we can maintain this momentum throughout next summer. All the venues that will be staging games against Pakistan have the aspiration of reaching new fans and achieving capacity crowds. This is exactly the ambition we need after such a well-supported Ashes summer.”
Next year’s tour by Pakistan will coincide with the launch of the first Women’s Cricket Super League. This major new development will help to support greater participation and encourage higher levels of performance for the women’s game in England. The competition will feature six teams and will receive a £3 million investment from the ECB over the next four years.