Bowral: ICC's Women World Cup which kick starts with the mouth-watering clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in Bowral, Australia on Saturday.
Cricket Australia Chairman and ICC director Jack Clarke launched the sixteen-day tournament, participated by eight countries including defending champions Australia, besides India and England.
"We look forward to the tournament showcasing women's cricket around the world. We hope that the staging of this event will further accelerate Cricket Australia's vision for women's cricket in this country.
"The ICC wants cricket to be a genuinely global sport and to achieve that goal cricket has to be a genuine global sport for girls and women, we as well as boys and men," Clarke said.
All the participants were photographed together in the shadow of famous Sydney Opera House. Players and officials were then ferried to the main venue, Luna Park for an official welcome function, hosted by former Australia cricketer Ian Healy, an ICC release said.