Derby will be one of five host cities at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 in England.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that Derby will be one of five venues to host fixtures at this summer’s world cup. It’s the first global sporting event to be held in the city since the Men’s Cricket World Cup in 1999, at the same venue.
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 is an international women’s cricket tournament to be played from 26 June to 23 July 2017. Derby will host eight fixtures during the competition. It will be the eleventh edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup, and the third to be held in England (after the 1973 and 1993 tournaments). Eight teams will qualify to participate in the tournament.
During the bidding process, the Club erected a giant set of cricket stumps, manufactured by Briggs of Burton, on the Pentagon Roundabout, funded by over 60 local businesses as part of the #WereBackingTheBid campaign.
The stumps will act as a lasting legacy, while the Club hopes the global sporting event will also inspire young women across the county.
Chief Executive, Simon Storey said: “It’s tremendous news for the city and the wider county that Derby has been selected to host matches at next summer’s Women’s Cricket World Cup.
“A huge amount of work went into our bid which focused on why Derby is ideally placed to take its spot on the global sporting stage.
“We’re very grateful for the support we have received from across the community; from the local cricket clubs and girls and women cricketers, to the businesses who backed our bid financially.
“The unique support that we received from across the county – which is symbolised by the giant stumps – has helped us demonstrate that the city of Derby is a great place to live, work, enjoy sport and will be a great destination for visitors from across the world.
“It’s also an opportunity for us to create a lasting legacy, not only for the growth of women’s cricket in Derbyshire, but also to use the power of sport to inspire young women to achieve their ambitions on and off the sporting field.
“We’re looking forward to a great summer of international cricket at The 3aaa County Ground in 2017.”
Derby City Council Leader, Ranjit Banwait, added: “Derby has a fantastic opportunity with the Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2017 to once again become a leading city in the public eye and to a global audience.
“It will also attract visitors, grow local business and create jobs for local people. It’s an exciting prospect for the City.”
Derby will host eight ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 fixtures next summer at The 3aaa County Ground, starting on June 26. 2017 Derbyshire Members will be able to purchase tickets at a special discounted price. More information to be confirmed in due course.