ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 fixtures
The fixtures of ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 has now been officially announced. The 31 days tournament will see 8 nations battling hard to conquer the World Cup. The tournament is set to begin from 4th March to 3rd April, 2022 and will be played across 6 host cities in New Zealand: Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The tournament was earlier scheduled to be played on 2021, from February to March, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced ICC to postponed the World Cup to 2022. While the first Semi Final is set to take place in Basin Reserve Wellington, the Semi Final 2 and final will be played at Hagley Oval Christchurch.
Seeing the level of Global Broadcast and more importantly a global tournament after a pale year, high expectations are riding on all the stakeholders of the tournament. The biggest highlight of this tournament is increase in the prize money of the winning team. The winning team of Women’s World Cup 2022 will be awarded with the prize money of $NZ 5.5 million dollars. The increase in prize money denotes the growing fan base and love for the game among the people.
New Zealand, Australia, England, South Africa and India have already qualified for the tournament while the rest 3 teams will emerge from the ICC Qualifying tournament which will be played on Sri Lanka in 2021.
This tournament will carry forward the legacy of the game. The rise in watch time and popularity of Women’s cricket among the fans is surely a motivating factor for the respective Boards and ICC. The past tournament witnessed some historic moment on and off the field and the Women are again set to fight hard for the country and making the ground their own yard.
India In World Cup 2022
Mithali Raj the captain of Team India said, “We have all been through a very difficult year and are happy to be getting back at playing the game we all love. India has been doing very well at ICC tournaments in the past three or four years, whether you talk about the (ODI) World Cup or the recently concluded T20 World Cup, and if we manage to win the tournament in 2022, it will be a massive inspiration for the next generation of girls, as the fifty-over format, is considered the pinnacle for any cricketer. I can assure you the team and I are looking forward to it.”
The Indian Women’s team has been performing well since past few years. The likes of Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shefali Verma have become a role model for millions of boys and girls. The Indian Women’s team is now one of the best sides of World Cricket. But the best thing that happened in India is, now the expectations from our women are not just to play the tournament, but to conquer it.