Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland today congratulated the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars on winning the inaugural ICC Women’s Championship.
With the top four teams at the end of the Championship gaining automatic qualification to next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup in England, Australia took a unassailable lead overnight following England’s victory against the West Indies.
Australia sealed a top four finish and their place at the World Cup last month with three consecutive victories against Sri Lanka. The Championship began as a bilateral qualifying competition August 2014, with the eight participating nations competing against each in three One Day Internationals, between 2014 and 2016.
cMr Sutherland said: “We congratulate Meg Lanning and the Southern Stars on claiming the inaugural ICC Women’s Championship. “The Southern Stars are the holders of the ICC Women’s World Cup and winning the Championship demonstrates their continued dominance in this format.
“Meg has led the Southern Stars in a period that has produced sustained success and a number of major achievements and we look forward to supporting the team at next year’s World Cup as they look to defend their title.
“Sport plays a wonderful role in motivating and inspiring people to lead active, healthy lifestyles, and we are proud of the Southern Stars as role models on and off the field.”
The win follows Cricket Australia and the Commonwealth Bank confirming the country’s largest investment in women’s sport and diversity on Monday. Sitting on top of the table with 30 points, seven points clear of England, Australia will play its final three Championship matches as part of a five match ODI Series against South Africa in Canberra and Sydney next month.
- Australia’s leading female cricketers representing the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are now the best paid of any women’s team sport in the country, with many able to earn in excess of $100,000 a year
- Over the last 12 months, CA has almost doubled its commitment to Australia’s elite female cricketers from $2.36 million to $4.23 million
- Australia’s best domestic female cricketers (playing WNCL and WBBL) will now earn $26,000 a season
- The recently announced $1.5m per annum “Growing Cricket for Girls” fund will provide investment into grassroots cricket to create safe, fun and friendly cricket environments for females
- Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are ranked number 1 in the World (ICC Women’s rankings) and are the current holders of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup
- Australia has played in the final of the last four Women’s World T20’s, being crowned champion in three of them.
- 314,936 females participated in cricket in Australia in 2015/16, representing 24% of all cricket participants.
- The ten broadcast matches during the first season of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League on TEN and ONE had an average television audience of 231,000, while over 70,000 people attended the broadcast matches of the competition
- A women’s national cricket competition has existed in Australia since 1930/31
- Commonwealth Bank, a partner with Cricket Australia for over 30 years, is investing more than $5 million per year (from 2017-18) over three years in a partnership focussed on women’s cricket, Indigenous players, players with a disability and local clubs around the country, representing the single biggest largest investment in women’s sport and diversity sports programs in Australia