The ICC have increased the total prize money for the Women’s World Cup from $200 000 to $2-million in one of several changes.
It’s a massive $1,8-million increase on the 2013 prize fund as the ICC takes significant steps towards boosting the women’s game.
ICC CEO Dave Richardson stated the governing body’s intention to promote gender equality in the next 15 years.
‘The ICC Women’s World Cup is the pinnacle of the women’s game and as such the players should be rewarded appropriately,’ Richardson told cricinfo.
‘Two million dollars is the first step towards greater parity and recognition. The prize fund for the 2013 edition was just $200 000, and this announcement shows a greater level of commitment than ever before,’ he continued.
A second noteworthy commitment by the ICC is to provide live coverage of the entire World Cup, with 10 matches being televised and the other 31 available via live streaming.
‘We think the Women’s World Cup this summer will be a turning point in the history of the game. There is growing interest globally in women’s sports and we want cricket to be front and centre of this and lead by example,’ he added.
The final change announced by the ICC, is the implementation of DRS at the event. This will mark the first time in the history of the women’s game that the review system will be used.
The ICC Women’s World Cup begins on 24 June, with the final taking place on 23 July.