ICC announces Women’s World Cup 2022 schedule, India to begin campaign against a qualifier – cricket

India will open their campaign against a qualifier on March 6 on the Bay Oval in Tauranga within the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022, which begins a couple of days earlier on March 4, introduced the International Cricket Council on Tuesday.

The opening match of the Women’s World Cup 2022 will probably be between New Zealand and a qualifier on March 4 on the Bay Oval. The Basin Reserve in Wellington and the Hagley Oval in Christchurch will host the semi-finals with the latter additionally set to host the ultimate underneath lights on April 3, 2022.

An opening match at Tauranga’s Bay Oval and a closing underneath lights at Hagley Oval are two of the highlights of a 31-match schedule introduced in the present day for ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.

“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,” ICC mentioned in a launch.

India will play 7 matches within the group stage of which 4 are against New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and England. The different three opponents are qualifiers which will probably be decided later.

 

India captain Mithali Raj, mentioned she can also be trying ahead to main her crew to a win on the World Cup.

“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,” mentioned Raj.

Eight of the world’s greatest cricket nations will go head-to-head in six host cities throughout Aotearoa: Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

ICC CEO, Manu Sawhney mentioned: “The ICC has made a long-term commitment to elevating women’s cricket as part of our 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.

Speaking on the forthcoming women’s world cup, Sanjog Gupta, Head (Sports), Star India, official broadcasters of the event, spoke about the initiatives the network have lined up ahead of the marquee event.

“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.”

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New Zealand’s Greg Barclay elected ICC chairman – cricket

New Zealand’s Greg Barclay was elected as the brand new unbiased chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a second spherical of voting. He succeeds India’s Shashank Manohar who stepped down earlier this yr.

Barclay, an Auckland-based industrial lawyer, has been a director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) since 2012 and is presently NZC’s consultant on the board of the International Cricket Council. He will step down from his place at NZC to guide the ICC in an unbiased capability.

He was a director of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015 and is a former board member and chairman of the Northern Districts Cricket Association. Greg can be an skilled firm director holding board positions with varied New Zealand and Australian corporations.

Commenting on his appointment Greg Barclay stated: “It is an honour to be elected as the Chair of the International Cricket Council and I would like to thank my fellow ICC Directors for their support. I hope we can come together to lead the sport and emerge from the global pandemic in a strong position and poised for growth.

“I look forward to working in partnership with our Members to strengthen the game in our core markets as well as grow it beyond that ensuring more of the world can enjoy cricket. I take my position as a custodian of the game very seriously and am committed to working on behalf of all 104 ICC Members to create a sustainable future for our sport.

“I’d like to thank Imran Khwaja for his leadership as acting ICC Chair during a difficult period for the game and I look forward to continuing a close working relationship with him in the future.”

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