Indian women’s cricket team will start their campaign in the 2022 Women’s ODI World Cup tournament on March 6 against the qualifiers. The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the schedule for the Women’s World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2022 on Tuesday. The ODI World Cup will feature 31 matches from March 4 to April 3. According to an ICC website report, the match will be played on March 4 at Bay Oval between New Zealand and the qualifiers.
Previously, the World Cup was to be held in February March 2021, but was postponed for a year due to the Corona epidemic. This will be the first global women’s cricket tournament since the postponement of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia this year due to the corona virus epidemic. The Indian team will play its first match on March 6 with the qualifiers. The Indian women’s team will play seven matches in the group stage and out of these, they will play three matches against the team qualifiers. The qualifier team is yet to be announced.
Such is India’s schedule
The Indian team also has to compete with hosts New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England in the group stage. The Indian team will play against hosts New Zealand on 10 March, the Qualifier team on 12 March, England on 16 March, Australia on 19 March, the Qualifier Team on 22 March and South Africa on 27 March. Semifinal matches will be played at Basin Reserve in Wellington and Hegley Oval in Christchurch. After this, the final match will be played on 3 April 2022 in Crustchurch itself.
These teams are taking part
Eight teams will participate in the tournament. Apart from India, only Australia, England, New Zealand and South African teams have qualified for the World Cup, the other three teams will be decided by the qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka next year in June-July.
The ICC said in a statement, ‘Women’s cricket matches will be played in 31 days from 4 March to 3 April 2022. It will be the first global women’s cricket event to be played after the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in March 2020. This tournament was postponed from February-March 2021 following changes in the cricket world due to Corona virus epidemic.
Captain Mithali is excited
Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj has said that she is excited to lead her team in the World Cup. He said, ‘We have all gone through a very difficult year and are happy to get back to the game we all love. India has been doing very well in the ICC tournaments in the last three or four years. Whether you talk about the (ODI) World Cup or the recently concluded T20 World Cup and if we win this tournament of 2022, then it will be very inspiring for the next generation of girls. ICC CEO Manu Sauhani said that the ICC has resolved to continuously promote women cricket.
There will be prize money
He further said, ‘We have done a very good job in the last few years by increasing the prize money of ICC tournaments. The prize money for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup will be 5.5 million New Zealand dollars (about 29 crores rupees). This is an increase of 60 percent over 2017 and 1,000 percent over 2013.