The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the schedule for Women’s next 50 overs World Cup in 2022. The tournament was postponed from 2021 to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. New Zealand will be the host for the tournament, kicking off the tournament in Tauranga’s Bay Oval and concluding in Hagley Oval. The World Cup will have 31 matches across a month from March 4 until April 3, 2022.
The hosts will start the tournament against a winner from qualifiers on March 4. India will also play their first game of the tournament against one of the teams that will come through qualifiers on March 6. England, the current holders of the trophy will begin the tournament in a day-night match against arch-rivals Australia on March 5.
Australia, India, England, South Africa, and New Zealand have already booked a place in the tournament, while the remaining three teams will qualify through a mini tournament that will take place in late June 2021. The qualifying tournament will be taking place in Sri Lanka.
India has suffered heartbreak in the last two World Cups across different formats. They lost against Australia in the final earlier this year. In the 50 overs World Cup, India fell short against England, four years ago. Indian captain Mithali Raj is likely to play her last World Cup, so she will be eager to get the team over the line this time around.
Earlier in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic had forced ICC to shift the next Women’s T-20 World Cup from 2022 to 2023. The Men’s T-20 World Cup in Australia was also moved from 2020 to 2022. Meanwhile, the 2021 T-20 Men’s World Cup will go ahead in India after BCCI and ICC started the countdown for the tournament in November.