Women's cricket January 30, 2012

England women to play T20Is against West Indies

ESPNcricinfo staff

England women will play a five-match Twenty20 international series against West Indies in September, the ECB has announced. Two of the games, at the Riverside Ground and Old Trafford, will take place before the England men's team take on South Africa at the same venue in day-night T20s, and will also be televised.

The series will act as a prelude to the women's World Twenty20, which will start 10 days after the fifth match on September 26. England are set to travel to New Zealand next month for a five-match T20 series and three ODI fixtures, and will also play limited-overs games against India in July.

"The additional women's T20 series this summer is a huge bonus for the England women's team and for women's cricket," ECB head of England women's cricket Clare Connor said. "I'm delighted that international women's cricket will be showcased alongside the England men's matches in Durham and Manchester.

"Spectators will be treated to an exciting opportunity to experience two sets of double header games before the teams fly out to Sri Lanka a couple of weeks later for the ICC World Twenty20. It's fantastic once again that two matches will be shown live on Sky Sports for viewers to experience international women's cricket at its best."