December 15 (India Today) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the full schedule for the 2022 Women’s World Cup which will be played in New Zealand between March 4 and April 3.
The ODI World Cup was due to be held in New Zealand next February and March but was postponed until the start of 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin have been chosen as the venues which will host 31 matches. The Basin Reserve in Wellington and the Hagley Oval in Christchurch will host the semi-finals and final, respectively.
Hosts New Zealand will feature in the opening game against a qualifier on March 4 in Tauranga.
“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.
“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,” the ICC said.
All the matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports in India.
“At Star India, we have worked towards building a more inclusive sports ecosystem in the country, one which encourages women to compete at the highest level, watch as fans, participate at the grassroots level and work behind the scenes to deliver our broadcasts. 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. We at Star India are proud to be associated with women’s cricket and are delighted to have contributed to its growth. The growing prominence of women’s cricket and showcasing of Cricketers’ journeys serve as an inspiration to young girls and encourages them to pick up the sport.
“Continuing our commitment to building women heroes for the country, Star Sports will have an exciting line-up of content leading up to the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup and will present the tournament in multiple languages with an exciting line-up of surround programming including Cricket Live.
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 95mn, is testament to the growing fandoms for women’s cricket in India,” Sanjog Gupta, Head-Sports, Star India said when asked about the channel’s commitment to women’s cricket in the country.