ICC has released the schedule of the pinnacle competition in women’s’ cricket which is the World Cup for the year 2022. The World Cup will start on March 4 2022 as per the released plan. Indian cricket team who will be starting their campaign against a qualifier team on March 6 will be confident to go through all the way this time.
The opening match of the World Cup 2022 will be played between New Zealand and a qualifier team on March 4 at the Bay Oval. This World Cup is being hosted by New Zealand so the Kiwis will definitely have home turf advantage with them. The six host cities where the world’s top eight cricketing nations will go head-on head are Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.
The Semifinal of the competition will be played on The Basin Reserve in Wellington and the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. While the Final of this action pack 31 match schedule competition will be played on the Hagley Oval.
India will play 7 matches in the group stage of which four are against New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and England. The other three opponents will be decided through qualifiers.
“The pinnacle event for women’s cricket will see 31 matches played across 31 action-packed days between 4 March and 3 April 2022 – the first global women’s cricket event to be played since the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia back in March. The tournament was postponed from its original window in February-March 2021 with the same six host cities and venues retained for 2022,” ICC said in a release.
India confident to win the Women World Cup 2022
Indian Captain Mithali Raj has said that she is looking forward to the competition and is confident that the team will lift the World Cup this time. Notably the last time India failed to win the WC when they lost in heart-wrenching fashion in the final against England.
ICC CEO, Manu Sawhney said: “The ICC has made a long-term commitment to elevating women’s cricket as part of our strategy to grow and develop the global game.
“We want to build a sustainable foundation for women’s cricket. It is about building a product that fans want to watch, that kids want to take up, that sponsors and broadcasters want to be part of. 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.