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West Indies to host first standalone Women's World T20

Hosts and defending champions West Indies will defend their title against New Zealand, Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and 50-over champions England, who have all directly qualified. Photo: ESPN/ICC
ST JOHN'S, Antigua & Barbuda- Guyana, St Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda will host the Women's World T20 from November 9 to 24, 2018.

This will be the first instance of the Women's World T20 being played as a standalone event, after the previous six editions were organised alongside the men's World T20, according to cricinfo.com.

It will also mark the return of a world event to the Caribbean after the 2010 World T20 that saw England win the men's edition and Australia the women's.

Hosts and defending champions West Indies will defend their title against New Zealand, Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and 50-over champions England, who have all directly qualified. With two spots up for grabs, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand, Uganda and United Arab Emirates will fight it out in the Women's World T20 Qualifiers in the Netherlands from July 3 to 14, 2018.

West Indies captain Stafanie R. Taylor, who was named the Player of the Tournament in the previous edition, said: "As captain of the defending champions, we are keen on defending our title and since we know we will be at home, we want to use this as an opportunity to welcome the world to the region for top-class competitive Women's cricket," in an ICC release.

The preliminary round will be played at the Guyana National Stadium and the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia, while the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua & Barbuda will play host to the semi-finals and the final. The three venues were picked by Cricket West Indies through a bidding process, and have subsequently been ratified and approved by the ICC.

According to the ICC, the other details of the tournament, including groups and fixtures, will be announced in due course.

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