The International Cricket Council (ICC), games governing body of cricket is extremely pleased with the crowd response for ICC Women’s World T20 2018. ICC has claimed the support and following for the women cricket is increasing by the day and the attendance in the grounds for the World Cup has surpassed all previous numbers set for the international games involving women.
The tournament has seen an unprecedented surge of fans in a festive atmosphere with grounds filling up even for matches not featuring the home side. The opening day saw 6,483 people turn up for a triple-header while the two games played on 16 November at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia, between England and South Africa and then the Windies and Sri Lanka, saw more than 5000 people attend, a whopping number considering the low population of the host town.
The semi-finals of the tournament beat both those marks, with the official crowd-count at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium standing at 8,916 and reflecting the growing popularity of the women’s game.
ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley: “Attendances at the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 matches so far have been excellent and have clearly demonstrated the passion and enthusiasm for women’s cricket.
“Women’s cricket, in this case in the T20 format, is going from strength to strength and I am delighted that the cricket-loving public in the Caribbean have embraced this event with a style and vibrancy that is only possible in this part of the world.
Riding on the support of fans in the Caribbean, the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 is set for a grand finale in Antigua on Saturday. All three venues have seen enthusiastic crowds, and a strong turnout is expected for the final as the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium will host Australia and England.
With this support as the backdrop, Australia and England will meet in the final of the ICC Women’s World T20 for the third time. Australia are gunning for a record fourth title, while an England victory would see them hold both T20I and ODI world titles at the same time, a feat they previously achieved in 2009.