ICC announces schedule for 2022 Women’s World Cup, India to open against a qualifier

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December 15, 2020 10:57:16 am





Among the marquee video games, Tauranga will host the rematch of the 2017 Women’s World Cup remaining at Lord’s with India taking over England on March 16. (FILE)

India will open their marketing campaign within the rescheduled Women’s ODI World Cup against a qualifier on March 6, 2022 at Tauranga’s Bay Oval in New Zealand, in accordance to the 31-match schedule introduced by the ICC on Tuesday.

India have two extra matches against qualifiers on March 12 and March 22 at Seddon park, Hamilton within the eight-team round-robin format occasion.

Among the marquee video games, Tauranga will host the rematch of the 2017 Women’s World Cup remaining at Lord’s with India taking over England on March 16.

India will then face Australia at Eden Park, Auckland on March 19, earlier than locking horns with South Africa on March 27 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

The occasion, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic from its unique window in February-March 2021 with the identical six host cities and venues retained, shall be held between March Four and April 3, 2022.

The first international ladies’s cricket occasion to be performed because the T20 World Cup in Australia in March, it’s going to function eight of the world’s finest nations going head-to-head throughout Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

“We have all been through a very difficult year and are happy to be getting back at playing the game we all love,” India captain Mithali Raj mentioned in an ICC launch.

“India has been doing very effectively at ICC tournaments prior to now three or 4 years, whether or not you speak concerning the (ODI) World Cup or the not too long ago concluded T20 World Cup.

“… if we manage to win the tournament in 2022, it will be a massive inspiration for the next generation of girls, as the fifty-over format, is considered the pinnacle for any cricketer. I can assure you the team and I are looking forward to it.”

According to the schedule, the Basin Reserve in Wellington and the Hagley Oval in Christchurch will host the semi-finals with the latter additionally set to host the ultimate underneath lights on April 3, 2022.

The tournament-opener shall be held in Tauranga that includes the White Ferns and a qualifier on March 4.

Besides India, New Zealand, Australia, England and South Africa have certified for the World Cup. The three remaining groups will emerge from the ICC qualifying event which shall be held from June 26 to July 10 in Sri Lanka subsequent 12 months.

It would be the first of two main cricket tournaments throughout the globe in 2022- the opposite being the Commonwealth Games in England.

“This schedule takes the world’s best cricketers across New Zealand and can help inspire a generation of girls and boys to take up the game,” ICC CEO, Manu Sawhney mentioned.

The prize cash for the showpiece will whole NZD 5.5 million, a rise of virtually 60 % on 2017 and greater than 1000 % in contrast to 2013.

All matches shall be broadcast reside to a big international viewers.

“The last five years have seen significant progress in women’s Cricket and recent success of the Women’s T20 challenge is an indicator of the same,” Sanjog Gupta, Head of Star India which can broadcast the occasion, mentioned.

“The broadcast of the ICC Women’s World Cup has grown leaps and bounds. The 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Final, one of the highest-rated sporting events of that year with a cumulative reach of 95 million, is testament to the growing fandoms for women’s cricket in India,” he added.

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