Hundreds party in the streets as the Caribbean region prepares for its first major ICC event since 2010
20-foot giant cricket bats to showcase tournament details in host countries
The first-ever stand-alone ICC Women’s World T20 2018 launched across all the three host countries (Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, and St Lucia) on Thursday, 26 July. The ICC Women’s World T20 2018 will be played 9–24 November, and hosts the West Indies will defend the title they won in Kolkata, India in 2016.
Nelecia Yeates, Head of Commercial for the tournament, said three giant bats — standing 20 feet tall — will be erected across the host territories to display all the information and will also serve as markers across the countries. “This was a great event as we launched the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament in the three host territories. It was fantastic to see so many people turning out to participate and get the first look and admiring the amazing giant bats. The countdown is on to November. Now, with the launch of the theme song as well, we are well on the road to hosting this event. We believe fans will come on board and feel the excitement and the vibes. They will surely answer the call to Watch This as we prepare to showcase this amazing region. Players will love this, fans will love this, the whole cricket world will watch and love this!”
The campaign also showcases the vibrant West Indian culture and lifestyle. It incorporates dancing and music, with a catchy theme song. In the coming months various activities will be held in three host territories featuring musicians, entertainers, and present cricketers.
The tournament will feature the 10 best teams in the world. Defending champions the Windies are in Group A along with Bangladesh, England, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, while Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, and Pakistan form Group B.
The event kicks off at the Guyana National Stadium, starting with India and New Zealand. In the second match, Australia will play Pakistan, and the Windies round off the day playing Qualifier 1 under lights. This venue will also host matches between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on 11 November, and trans-Tansman adversaries Australia and New Zealand two days later.
The Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia will be the other venue for the group stage with the first match there pitting England against Sri Lanka on 10 November, while the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua will host both semifinals on 22 November and the final on 24 November.
All 23 matches of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 will be broadcast live to maintain the momentum and focus on women’s cricket, while the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the first time in any ICC World Twenty20 event, ensuring consistency in the use of technology in top world-level events.
The ICC Women’s World T20 is the first ICC event taking place in the Caribbean in eight years. In the ICC World T20 2010, the women’s event was staged alongside the men’s event, and in the final played after the men’s final in Barbados, Australia had defeated New Zealand by three runs.
Cricket fans around the world can now book seats to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018. Tickets are priced from just US$3 with the focus on ensuring more people across the Caribbean can enjoy the event and support their world champions.
The group stage matches in Guyana and St Lucia start at just US$3 (or GY$500) and US$4 (or EC$10) respectively, while the semi-finals and finals will be played in Antigua with tickets for the semi-finals starting at just US$7 (or EC$20) and the final at US$11 (or EC$30). A combination ticket package for the semis and final is priced at only US$15 (EC$40).
Tickets are available online at ICC-cricket.com/worldtwenty20, with the box offices opening in all three host countries on Monday 29 October.
Johnny Grave, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket West Indies, said: “We have set the prices so that everyone can come out and see the best women’s cricketers in the world play. This is an invitation to the entire Caribbean to buy tickets and support their world champion team. We look forward to welcoming many travelling fans from all over the world to be part of this tournament and enjoy the Caribbean and West Indian hospitality.”
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson added: “This is the first ever stand-alone ICC Women’s World T20 event and there is no better place to host it than in the West Indies with the home team as defending champions. This event belongs to the Caribbean and its cricket fans. We are working closely with Cricket West Indies, the event team, governments and communities to ensure that it is the most welcoming, open and inclusive global event ever to be staged there, encapsulating everything that is so special about cricket in the region – that unique combination of fantastic cricket, music and entertainment. I’d love to see West Indian cricket fans come out in force to support the world’s best cricketers and watch the world champions defend their title on home soil.”
ABOUT THE ICC WOMEN’S WORLD TWENTY20 2018
This is the sixth edition of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and the second time it is being held in the Windies, the previous occasion being in 2010. It is for the first time that the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 is being organised as a stand-alone event. According to the event format, the top two sides from each group of five will advance to the semi-finals. The tournament will feature 23 matches and will be played at three venues – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, North Sound Antigua; Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Beausejour, Saint Lucia; Guyana National Stadium, Providence, Guyana. Australia have won the tournament three times while England and the West Indies have won once each