Women's T20 World Cup: England vs South Africa

Women's T20 World Cup: England vs South Africa
Women's T20 World Cup: England vs South Africa

England will face South Africa in the opening match of the ICC Women's Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh later this year, the International Cricket Council announced.

The event will run from October 3 to 20 in the capital Dhaka and the northeastern city of Sylhet, with warm-up matches starting on September 27.

"Over the last six to seven years we have seen women's cricket grow exponentially," ICC chief executive officer Geoff Allardice said at the announcement of the fixture list and trophy unveiling in Dhaka.

"Everyone at the ICC is incredibly excited to be bringing this event to Bangladesh. We know the country's passionate cricket fans will turn out in force to watch the world's best players and make this a wonderful celebration of our sport. 10 teams, 23 games and two fantastic host venues in Dhaka and Sylhet. This is going to be a very special event staged in partnership with our hosts, the Bangladesh Cricket Board, who have shown outstanding commitment to making this the best women's event we have ever held."

Hosts Bangladesh and the top six teams from the previous edition in South Africa -- Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies -– qualified automatically for the tournament, with Pakistan joining them as the next best ranked team.

Ireland, the UAE, Sri Lanka and Scotland are in contention for the remaining two places, with the semi-finals of the qualifying tournament being held in the UAE.

Six-times winners and current world number one Australia will play in Group A alongside India, New Zealand, Pakistan and a Qualifier 1.

Neighbors and rivals India and Pakistan will face off on October 6.

Group B will feature South Africa, Bangladesh, England, West Indies, and Qualifier 2.

It will be the ninth edition of the tournament, with Bangladesh previously hosting in 2014.