Women’s Cricket World Cup: History, Winners, Records

The first tournament was staged in 1973, with Australia winning the inaugural edition. The most successful team is Australia, who have won the World Cup seven times.

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The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is a global cricket tournament contested by the best women’s national cricket teams in the world. The event is organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), and is currently held every four years. The first tournament was staged in 1973, with Australia winning the inaugural edition. The most successful team is Australia, who have won the World Cup six times. Other notable teams include England and New Zealand, who have both won the World Cup twice.

The current format of the tournament involves ten teams competing in a round-robin stage, from which the top four teams progress to the semi-finals. The final is played as a one-off match, with the winner being crowned the world champion. The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup has been praised for its high standard of play, and for providing a platform for female cricketers to showcase their talents on a global stage.

Women’s Cricket First World Cup

The first Women's Cricket World Cup in 1973

The first Women’s Cricket World Cup took place in 1973, with eight teams competing. The tournament was won by England, who beat Australia in the final. The next Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in 1978, with the same eight teams competing. This time, Australia won the tournament, beating England in the final. The third Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in 1983, with the same eight teams competing. This time, Australia won again, beating New Zealand in the final. The fourth Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in 1988, with ten teams competing. Australia won for the third time, beating England in the final. The fifth Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in 1993, with twelve teams competing. Australia won for the fourth time, beating New Zealand in the final. The sixth Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in 1997, with sixteen teams competing. Australia won for the fifth time, beating South Africa in the final. The seventh Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in 2000, with twelve teams competing. This time, New Zealand won, beating Australia in the final. The eighth and most recent Women’s Cricket World Cup took place in 2005, with sixteen teams competing. This time, Australia won again, beating New Zealand in the final.

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Women’s Cricket World Cup Finals

The Women’s Cricket World Cup Finals have been contested every four years since 1973. The tournament is the highest level of international women’s cricket and features the best female cricketers from around the world. The final is one of the most popular events on the women’s cricket calendar, with fans travelling from all over to see the best teams compete for the title.

The first Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in England in 1973. The hosts were crowned champions after beating Australia in the final. The tournament was dominated by Australia, who reached the final for the fourth consecutive time, but they were finally defeated by England.

The next Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in 1978 in Australia. This time, it was Australia who emerged victorious, beating England in the final. They would go on to win the next two tournaments as well, meaning they had won four out of the first five World Cups.

The 1990s saw a changing of the guard, with New Zealand and England reaching the final for the first time in 1997. New Zealand won the match, becoming the first team other than Australia or England to lift the trophy. The following year, England got their revenge, beating New Zealand in a closely fought final to win their first World Cup.

Australia continued their dominance in the early 2000s, winning back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2009. However, their stranglehold on the tournament was finally broken in 2013 when India beat them in the final to become champions for the first time.

England regained their title in 2017 after beating India in an exciting final at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

YearWinnerRunners up
1973EnglandAustralia
1978AustraliaEngland
1982AustraliaEngland
1988AustraliaEngland
1993EnglandNew Zealand
1997AustraliaNew Zealand
2000New ZealandAustralia
2005AustraliaIndia
2009EnglandNew Zealand
2013AustraliaWest Indies
2017EnglandIndia
2022AustraliaEngland

Top Results

The Women’s Cricket World Cup is a biennial international cricket competition contested by the national women’s teams of the member countries of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The tournament is organised by the ICC, with preliminary rounds leading to a final. The first Women’s Cricket World Cup was held in England in 1973, and the latest edition was held in West Indies in 2016.

Australia are the most successful team in Women’s Cricket World Cup history, with three titles. They won the inaugural tournament in 1973, and then again in 2005 and 2013. England are the second most successful team, with two titles – they won the tournament for the first time in 2009, and then again in 2017. Other teams to have won the tournament include New Zealand (2000), India (2007), and the West Indies (2016).

The format of the Women’s Cricket World Cup has changed over time. The first two tournaments were contested as a six-team affair, with each team playing each other once. The following four tournaments were contested as an eight-team affair, with each team playing seven matches. The current format is a ten-team affair, with each team playing nine matches.

Player of the Tournament

The Women’s Cricket World Cup is a major international cricket competition contested by the women’s national teams of the member organizations of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The tournament is held every four years, with recent tournaments in England, Australia and New Zealand. The format of the tournament has changed over the years, but currently consists of fifty-over matches played in a round-robin format, followed by semi-finals and a final.

Since its inception in 1973, the Women’s Cricket World Cup has been won by six different teams. Australia is the most successful team, having won the tournament four times. Other teams to have won the tournament are England (twice), India (twice), New Zealand (once) and Pakistan (once). The current champion is Australia, who defeated England in the 2022 final.

A number of players have been particularly successful in the Women’s Cricket World Cup, with three players having won the Player of the Tournament award twice. These players are Belinda Clark of Australia, Charlotte Edwards of England and Mithali Raj of India. Other players to have won the award are Karen Rolton of Australia, Sarah Taylor of England and Ellyse Perry of Australia.

Women’s Cricket World Cup Records

Batting

Charlotte Edwards England Women's Cricket Team

In terms of individual performances, Charlotte Edwards of England has scored more runs and made more appearances than any other player in Women’s Cricket World Cup history. She is also one of only three players to have scored over 1,000 runs in the competition. Other leading run-scorers include New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and Australia’s Meg Lanning. Bates has also taken more wickets than any other player in Women’s Cricket World Cup history, with 97 dismissals to her name.

Fielding

The fielding records for the Women’s Cricket World Cup are as follows:

  • Most catches in a match: 13 (by Australia against India in 2017)
  • Most catches in a tournament: 54 (by Australia in 2017)
  • Highest catch percentage in a match: 100% (by New Zealand against Sri Lanka in 2016)

Team

Australia is the most successful team in the Women’s Cricket World Cup, with three titles. England and New Zealand have both won twice. The current champion is Australia, who won the tournament for the third time in 2017.

ICC Women’s Cricket ODI Rankings:

RankTeamRatingPoints
1Australia Women1703061
2England Women1193342
3South Africa Women1193098
4India Women1042820
5New Zealand Women1022553
6West Indies Women942535
7Bangladesh Women76983
8Thailand Women72572
9Pakistan Women631519
10Sri Lanka Women44353
11Ireland Women39548
12Netherlands Women00
13Zimbabwe Women00

ICC Women’s Cricket T20 Rankings:

RankTeamRatingPoints
1Australia Women2986565
2England Women2838489
3New Zealand Women2716509
4India Women2669825
5South Africa Women2464179
6West Indies Women2314394
7Pakistan Women2235343
8Sri Lanka Women2114851
9Bangladesh Women1914207
10Ireland Women1803953
11Zimbabwe Women1623239
12Thailand Women1573443
13Papua New Guinea Women1551553
14Scotland Women1432142
15UAE Women1273952
16Tanzania Women1122124
17Nepal Women1102093
18Netherlands Women1091420
19Namibia Women1042189
20Indonesia Women103826

Frequently Asked Questions

How many times India won Women’s Cricket World Cup?

As of now, India has won the Women’s Cricket World Cup twice – in 2005 and in 2013.

Who won most Women’s Cricket World Cup tournaments?

Australia are the most successful team, having won the tournament three times. England and New Zealand have each won the tournament twice.

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Who won the last Women’s Cricket World Cup?

The last Women’s Cricket World Cup was won by Australia. The final was played against England and Australia came out victorious, winning by six wickets.

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