Full schedule for the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup announced

England - 2017 World champions. ©ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the full match schedule for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand on Tuesday (December 15).

The tournament will start on March 4, 2022 with hosts New Zealand taking on a qualifier in a day-night fixture at Tauranga’s Bay Oval. The final will be played on April 3 at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Hagley Oval will also host the second semi-final with Basin Reserve in Wellington scheduled to host the first semi-final. A total of 31 matches, including 17 day-night matches, will be played across six venues in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin during the 31-day event.

Manu Sawhney, ICC CEO, talked about ICC’s commitment to women’s cricket as part of the 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,” he said.

“We are extremely proud of the significant progress we have made in increasing prize money for ICC events over the last few years, with the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand having $NZD5.5 million dollars available in prize money, an increase of almost 60% on 2017 and more than 1000% compared to 2013.”

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The tournament was postponed from its original schedule in February- March 2021 to 2022. Hosts New Zealand and four other teams – defending champions England, Australia, South Africa and India – have qualified for the tournament. The three remaining teams will be decided from the ICC Women’s Qualifier that’s scheduled to take place in 2021.

Defending champions England will play their first match on March 5 against Australia at Seddon Park in Hamilton. South Africa will take on the third qualifying team on the same day at the University Oval in Dunedin. India’s campaign will start with their match against a qualifier on March 6 at the Bay Oval.

“It was hard to watch the T20 Women’s Cricket World Cup from the sidelines back in March. So, seeing the match schedule all locked in for the ODI World Cup here in 2022 gives both myself and the rest of the team a target to strive for as we prepare over the next 16 months,” New Zealand vice-captain Amy Satterthwaite said during the announcement at the Hagley Oval.

Schedule:

Mar 4, 2022 – New Zealand v Qualifier
Mar 5, 2022 – Australia v England
Mar 6, 2022 – Qualifier v South Africa
Mar 6, 2022 – Qualifier v India
Mar 7, 2022 – New Zealand v Qualifier
Mar 8, 2022 – Australia v Qualifier
Mar 9, 2022 – Qualifier v England
Mar 10, 2022 – New Zealand v India
Mar 11, 2022 – Qualifier v South Africa
Mar 12, 2022 – Qualifier v India
Mar 13, 2022 – New Zealand v Australia
Mar 14, 2022 – Qualifier v Qualifier
Mar 15, 2022 – Australia v Qualifier
Mar 16, 2022 – England v India
Mar 17, 2022 – New Zealand v South Africa
Mar 18, 2022 – Qualifier v Qualifier
Mar 19, 2022 – India v Australia
Mar 20, 2022 – New Zealand v England
Mar 21, 2022 – Qualifier v Qualifier
Mar 22, 2022 – India v Qualifier
Mar 22, 2022 – South Africa v Australia
Mar 24, 2022 – South Africa v Qualifier
Mar 24, 2022 – England v Qualifier
Mar 25, 2022 – Qualifier v Australia
Mar 26, 2022 – New Zealand v Qualifier
Mar 27, 2022 – England v Qualifier
Mar 27, 2022 – India v South Africa
Mar 30, 2022 – Semi-Final 1
Mar 31, 2022 – Semi-Final 2
Apr 3, 2022 – FINAL