It is records galore at the ICC Women’s World Cup. Off the field too.The final at the Lord’s on Sunday is fully sold out. A full house will be a record for women’s cricket at the Mecca of Cricket. The numbers registered for global TV audience and new media are unprecedented too.
An International Cricket Council (ICC) summer of success comes to a record-breaking finale this weekend with a sell-out ICC Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s Cricket Ground. It will be the biggest crowd ever to attend an ICC Women’s World match which is fitting for a tournament that has shattered records on and off the field. More than 26,500 tickets have been sold for the event with only MCC Members able to purchase any remaining tickets, according to an ICC Press release.
Record-breaking global TV audiences have watched the group stage unfold with a staggering number following the event via digital channels. There is up to 300% rise in audience data in comparison to the previous edition four years ago.
On the field to it is records galore, providing fans with the highest quality Women’s World Cup to date. The event has seen more runs, more wickets and more players than ever before competing for records on the global stage.
The International Cricket Council has recorded many other figures worth being much-needed boost to women’s cricket.
Steve Elworthy, the ICC Women’s World Cup Tournament director, said: “We promised that this would be the best-ever ICC Women’s World Cup and I believe that the statistics – on and off the field – show that we have delivered on that pledge. The attendances have been outstanding and they have been treated to some exciting, exhilarating cricket.”
Clare Connor, the chair of the ICC Women’s Committee, added: “The challenge for this tournament was to ensure that we showcased the talent of the world’s best cricketers, and to inspire the next generation of girls and women to engage with the game. The quality of cricket has been truly fantastic and the demographics of the crowds we’ve seen reveal that we have attracted thousands of girls and women to attend. Now we have to retain that level of interest to continue to build a new fan base and drive levels of participation, both in this country and around the world.”
For Indian fans, the captain Mithali Raj became the first ever cricketer to surpass 6,000-run mark in women’s one-day international cricket.