Live streaming from the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers 2017 held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last month attracted 1.75 million views. The number for clips and highlights from the event stands at 17.8 million views on ICC’s digital and social media channels. The figures underline the growing interest in the women’s game.
In all, nine matches of the 10-team tournament were live-streamed on icc-cricket.com from the P. Sara Stadium. These included three matches of the Super Six stage and the final, featuring India and South Africa. In addition to the live games, a whole range of short form clipped content, including features and highlights, was available on ICC digital and social media channels for fans. India’s thrilling last-ball victory over South Africa, in which Harmanpreet Kaur knocked off eight runs from the last two deliveries, has also proved to be very popular with fans as the last over of the final got more than 4.6 million live views on ICC’s Facebook page.
ICC’s Head of Media Rights, Broadcast and Digital, Aarti Dabas, said the numbers had justified the extensive coverage of the tournament. “The figures have been very encouraging. We set ourselves a target of reaching one million for the live online stream but are delighted to have achieved so much more both through the live coverage and the video clips of features and highlights. This clearly demonstrates that there is a growing appetite for the women’s game and the stories behind some of its stars. “We hope to continue to build on this success and grow our fan base by providing fans with more engaging women’s cricket content in the future.”
ICC’s Women’s Cricket Officer and Tournament Director of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017, Holly Colvin, said she was impressed by the numbers.
The Colombo tournament was a qualifying event for this year’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 to be held in England and Wales from 24 June to 23 July as well as the ICC Women’s Championship. India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan emerged as the qualifiers for these two events while Bangladesh and Ireland retained their ODI status for the next four-year cycle by entering the Super Six stage.