DUBAI: An opening match at Tauranga’s Bay Oval and a final under lights at Hagley Oval are two of the highlights of a 31-match schedule announced Tuesday for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.
The pinnacle event for women’s cricket will see 31 matches played across 31 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.
Eight of the world’s best cricket nations will go head-to-head in six host cities across Aotearoa: Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.
New Zealand, Australia, England, South Africa and India have qualified for the World Cup. The three remaining teams will emerge from the ICC qualifying tournament, which is confirmed to take place 26 June – 10 July 2021 in Sri Lanka.
The eight-team round-robin format will see all teams play each other, with the top four teams qualifying for semi-finals.
Highlights of the match schedule:
A bumper opening match in Tauranga featuring the WHITE FERNS and a qualifier on Friday, 4 March. Tauranga also hosts the rematch of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s with England up against India on Wednesday, 16 March.
Dunedin’s University Oval, the home of global superstar Suzie Bates, to host three pool matches, with reigning champions England, hometown favourites, the WHITE FERNS and South Africa on show.
Hamilton’s Seddon Park will host seven pool matches, with staunch rivals Australia and England kicking off the city’s matches. India and South Africa will both take on the host nation’s WHITE FERNS in Hamilton.
The iconic Basin Reserve will host a Trans-Tasman showdown between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, 13 March, as well as five other pool matches and the first semi-final of the tournament
A massive double-header weekend in Auckland sees India taking on Australia on Saturday, 19 March, before the WHITE FERNS face England the following day.
Christchurch to host the final on 3 April under lights at Hagley Oval on the back of three pool matches and a semi-final.
Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 at a glance
Hosted in New Zealand from 4 March to 3 April, 2022
6 host cities: Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin