Sarah Taylor, who was named in the team of the tournament when England last won the World Cup in 2009, is set to play her first one-day worldwide in more than a year following a break from the game because of a stress-related illness.
Pakistan will play round-robin stage matches against South Africa, England, India, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka through out the tournament. "The support this time is huge and people are following women's cricket back home so if we can cause a couple of upsets in our campaign and improve our ranking, it would be great news for our cricket and for Pakistanis". "I know that it's easier to be more competitive in the Twenty20 format than it is in the 50-over one, but I think this tournament will show the talent that is available out there", the former South Africa wicket-keeper added.
All the fixtures will be streamed live, with 10 broadcast on television in another sign of the growing global interest in women's cricket. The one-month long tournament has 31 ODIs being played and is bound to make one exciting session for cricket fans around the world. "We've got pressure on ourselves to perform well, we hold ourselves to very high standards and we want to uphold them", she explained.
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The tournament going on from 24 June till 23 July 2017 and is being hosted by England. Every single team and a majority of players at the Women's Cricket World Cup are on Twitter and have already been sharing in real-time from the UK. England, for all their squad are now full-time professionals, have talked down their chances with captain Heather Knight saying the initial target is to get to the semi-finals.
Winfield had struck up a fine opening partnership with Tammy Beaumont following the retirement of Charlotte Edwards previous year.
England, having finished second on the Women's Championship table and won six of its nine ICC World Cup games against India, starts as favourite, but it will be without Laura Winfield, the regular opener who injured her wrist. England will be bolstered by the return of talented wicket-keeper/batsman Sarah Taylor following a stress-related illness.