Cricket Current Affairs - 2019
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England’s women’s cricket team won 2017 ICC World Cup title by defeating India by 9 runs at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. It was England’s fourth Women’s World Cup title. Besides the inaugural edition in 1973, England had won the World Cup in 1993 and 2009 as well.
In this edition of World Cup, Tammy Beaumont of England was awarded Player of the Series title. She had made most runs (410) in the tournament. Dane van Niekerk of South Africa took most wickets (15) in the tournament.
The 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup was the eleventh edition of the Cup since 1973, and the third to be held in England after 1973 and 1993 tournaments. Notably, it was India’s second appearance in the Women’s World Cup final, having lost to Australia in 2005.
About ICC Women’s World Cup
The Women’s Cricket World Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international women’s cricket tournament currently organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The first edition was held in England in 1973. To date, eleven World Cups have been played in five different countries, with India and England having hosted the for record three times. Australia has won the women’s cricket world Cup for record six times (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013) followed by England (four titles- 1973, 1993, 2009, 2017) and New Zealand (one title- 2000).
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named former Indian all-rounder and captain Ravi Shastri as the new chief coach of the Indian cricket team till ICC World Cup 2019. He will succeed Anil Kumble who had resigned from the post after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
The decision was announced after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) zeroed in on his name ahead of other strong contenders, including Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody.
Besides, BCCI also appointed former fast bowler Zaheer Khan as bowling coach for a period of two years. Former Indian Captain Rahul Dravid was also appointed as batting consultant for specific overseas tours.
Ravi Shastri is a veteran of 80 Tests and 150 ODIs. He had played for the India national cricket team between 1981 and 1992. He was team India’s manager during their Bangladesh tour in 2007. Most recently, he was Indian cricket’s team director from their tour of England in 2014 to the 2016 ICC World T20, where India lost to eventual champions West Indies in the semi-final.