The historic Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) will be the venue of the first two ODIs to be played on 15 and 17 October, before the final match of the ICC Women’s Championship is played at Nondescripts Cricket Ground, which will also stage the fourth and final ODI of the tour on 21 October.
The ICC Women’s Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup with the top four sides progressing to the 2017 event to be staged in England. The bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in 2017.
The tournament structure will see each team will play each other in one home or away series that will include three ODIs over a two and a half year period. As such, each side is guaranteed at least 21 ODIs over the tournament period.
With the world’s top eight ranked sides participating in the tournament, three series of three ODIs each have been played in the first round, with Australia and West Indies sweeping side Pakistan and New Zealand respectively, and England beating India by 2-0 with one match washed-out.
Wednesday’s ODI will mark the first time that fifth-ranked Sri Lanka will host sixth-ranked South Africa and in 11 meetings to date, South Africa leads Sri Lanka by 7-3, with one match in Potchefstroom being washed-out.
South Africa has been one of the most consistent sides since the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013, having won eight out of 10 ODIs with one against Sri Lanka in Potchefstroom being washed-out. In contrast, Sri Lanka has won only one of its nine ODIs since finishing at an impressive fifth position in the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013.
In the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings, none of the batters from either side feature inside the top 10, though Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp and Trisha Chetty are inside the top 20. Imalka Mendis is Sri Lanka’s highest-ranked batter in 27thposition.
South Africa’s 10th placed Shibnam Ismail is the highest-ranked bowler in either squad. She will be aiming to climb the ladder and aiming to move ahead of Australia’s Erin Osborne whom she trails by 16 ratings points.
Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu was excited with the concept of the event, when she said: “It’s a great opportunity for women cricketers to play regular One-Day Internationals with each match counting towards the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
“From the Sri Lanka women’s cricketers’ point of view, it’s a great chance to play against the top countries and perform as a group. It will provide all of us the experience and exposure, which will help a long way in performing to high standards at the international level.”
South Africa captain Mignon du Preez, looking forward to the series against Sri Lanka, said: “I am extremely excited about the ICC Women’s Championship, as it will see the top eight sides in the world play each other in three One-Day Internationals leading up to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
“I think it is a wonderful initiative from the ICC. It provides us players, with an opportunity to play a lot more cricket on a regular basis, especially those teams ranked outside the top four. It will surely give women’s cricket more visibility.
“It is bound to create a platform for ‘rising stars’ within less known teams to shine and become role models, motivating young girls to take up cricket as a sport. The opportunity to play against some of the most experienced teams in the world is priceless. It can only help to improve the level of competitiveness all round and enhance the commercial value of women’s cricket in the world.”
Sri Lanka (from): Chamari Athapaththu (captain), Sanduni Abeywickrama, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusuriya, Imalka Mendis, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodani, Inoka Ranaweera, Madhuri Samuddhika, Anushka Sanjeewani (wkt), Nilakshi Silva, Shashikala Siriwardane, Prasadini Weerakkody, Sripali Weerakkody
South Africa (from): Mignon Du Preez (captain), Berdnadine Bezuidenhout, Trisha Chetty (wkt), Moseline Daniels, Yolani Fourie, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Marcia Letsoalo, Nadine Moodley, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Dane Van Niekerk
Sri Lanka v South Africa
15 Oct – First ODI, Colombo
17 Oct – Second ODI, Colombo
19 Oct – Third ODI, Colombo
*21 Oct – Fourth ODI, Colombo
Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result
ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings:
The ICC Women’s Championship is being contested by the following eight teams who have been seeded according to their rankings following the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013:
- West Indies
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- South Africa
Following the completion of the round-robin matches, the final standings of the points table will represent each team’s final event ranking, and the top four teams will automatically qualify for the ICC WCWC 2017.
Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings on ODIs (as on 13 October, before the start of Sri Lanka-South Africa series):
Rank Player Team Points Average Highest Ranking
1 Mithali Raj Ind 735 50.05 839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004
2 C. Edwards Eng 723! 38.07 723 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
3 Sarah Taylor Eng 707 39.71 803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009
4 Stafanie Taylor WI 697 43.50 765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012
5 Suzie Bates NZ 651 37.20 734 v WI at Kingston 2013
6 H. Kaur Ind 640* 35.06 673 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2014
7= J. Cameron Aus 635 38.53 660 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
Meg Lanning Aus 635* 39.22 673 v Eng at Hove 2013
9 Deandra Dottin WI 626 27.44 650 v NZ at Kingston 2013
10 Alex Blackwell Aus 602 33.79 683 v Ind at Canberra 2008
Rank Player Team Points Average Highest Ranking
16 M. du Preez SA 506 33.28 540 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013
17 M. Kapp SA 497* 30.56 509 v Ire at Doha 2014
18 Trisha Chetty SA 488 30.09 531 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013
24 Shandre Fritz SA 421 21.31 433 v SL at Cuttack 2013
25 D. van Niekerk SA 415* 26.78 431 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013
27 A. Mendis SL 408* 20.47 420 v Ind at Visakhapatnam 2014
36 E. Kaushalya SL 386 15.09 482 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
38 H.A.S.D.Si‘dene SL 376 19.94 497 v Pak at Canberra 2009
41 D. Rasangika SL 353* 18.19 439 v WI at Dambulla 2013
Rank Player Team Points Average Economy Highest Ranking
1 Stafanie Taylor WI 723 17.16 3.00 768 v NZ at Kingston 2013
2 A. Mohammed WI 696! 16.67 3.16 696 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
3 Jenny Gunn Eng 693! 27.00 3.73 693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
4 Jhulan Goswami Ind 671 21.36 3.20 796 v Eng at Chennai 2007
5 Shanel Daley WI 664*! 21.56 3.26 664 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
6 Katherine Brunt Eng 653 21.52 3.29 796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
7 Sana Mir Pak 590 23.84 3.46 598 v Aus at Brisbane 2014
8 Sunette Loubser SA 568*! 17.53 3.04 568 v Pak at Doha 2014
9 Erin Osborne Aus 567* 26.56 3.95 581 v Eng at Melbourne 2014
10 Shibnam Ismail SA 551* 20.20 3.51 557 v Ire at Doha 2014
14 D. van Niekerk SA 520*! 14.68 3.22 520 v Pak at Doha 2014
18 H.A.S.D.Si‘dene SL 493 23.24 3.67 535 v Eng at Colombo (NCC) 2010
24 Marizanne Kapp SA 455*! 26.65 3.51 455 v Pak at Doha 2014
33 Marcia Letsoalo SA 400*! 32.46 3.24 400 v Pak at Doha 2014
37 S. Weerakkody SL 367* 34.63 3.64 397 v SA at Potchefstroom 2013
44 E. Kaushalya SL 318* 28.44 4.18 377 v WI at Dambulla 2013
45 U. Prabodhani SL 317* 40.40 3.68 326 v SA at Potchefstroom 2013
Rank Player Team Points Highest Ranking
1 Stafanie Taylor WI 504 560 v NZ at Kingston 2013
2 Shanel Daley WI 264/* 273 v Aus at Mumbai 2013
3 Ellyse Perry Aus 243 286 v Eng at Hobart 2014
4 Jenny Gunn Eng 232 348 v Aus at Melbourne 2008
5 Marizanne Kapp SA 226*/* 227 v Ire at Doha 2014