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Annual award named after Heyhoe-Flint

The award for the leading woman cricketer will now carry Rachael Heyhoe Flint's name Getty Images

The ICC has announced the annual award for the leading woman cricketer will be named after the former England captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint who died in January aged 77.

Heyhoe-Flint played 22 Tests and 23 ODIs for England and was the first woman to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame.

She was integral to the launch of the first Women's World Cup in 1973 - two years ahead of the men's event - in which she captained England to victory.

The announcement came on the day the 2017 Women's World Cup, which will be staged in England, was launched with confirmation of the fixtures.