The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the schedule of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 with hosts New Zealand opening the proceedings against West Indies on March 4 at Bay Oval in Tauranga.
Meanwhile, the India women’s cricket team will start their campaign against Pakistan women on March 6.
Defending champions England will face old foes Australia in their tournament opener on March 5 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The twelfth edition of the Women’s World Cup will have a total of 31 matches - including the semi-finals and the final - played across 31 days with Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Wellington being the host cities.
The competition is set to be played in a league format meaning that eight teams will play other competitors once. By the end of the league stage games, teams finishing within the top-four spots will qualify for the semi-final.
The first semi-final will be played on March 30 at Basin Reserve in Wellington followed by the second semi-final on March 31 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The final of Women’s World Cup 2022 will be played at Hagley Oval on April 3.
New Zealand automatically qualified for the showcase event as they are the hosts. The likes of Australia, England, India and South Africa qualified on the back of their position in ICC Women's Championship 2017-20. And since the qualifiers were earlier called off due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies were given the final three spots on the basis of their ODI rankings.
ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 schedule, fixtures and live India match times
|Date and Day||Match||Time (IST)||Venue|
|Friday, March 4||New Zealand vs West Indies||6:30 AM IST||Bay Oval|
|Saturday, March 5||Bangladesh vs South Africa||2:30 AM IST||University Oval|
|Saturday, March 5||Australia vs England||6:30 AM IST||Seddon Park|
|Sunday, March 6||Pakistan vs India||6:30 AM IST||Bay Oval|
|Monday, March 7||New Zealand vs Bangladesh||2:30 AM IST||University Oval|
|Tuesday, March 8||Australia vs Pakistan||6:30 AM IST||Bay Oval|
|Wednesday, March 9||West Indies vs England||2:30 AM IST||University Oval|
|Thursday, March 10||New Zealand vs India||6:30 AM IST||Seddon Park|
|Friday, March 11||Pakistan vs South Africa||6:30 AM IST||Bay Oval|
|Saturday, March 12||West Indies vs India||6:30 AM IST||Seddon Park|
|Sunday, March 13||New Zealand vs Australia||2:30 AM IST||Basin Reserve|
|Monday, March 14||Pakistan vs Bangladesh||2:30 AM IST||Seddon Park|
|Monday, March 14||South Africa vs England||6:30 AM IST||Bay Oval|
|Tuesday, March 15||Australia vs West Indies||2:30 AM IST||Basin Reserve|
|Wednesday, March 16||England vs India||6:30 AM IST||Bay Oval|
|Thursday, March 17||New Zealand vs South Africa||6:30 AM IST||Seddon Park|
|Friday, March 18||Bangladesh vs West Indies||2:30 AM IST||Bay Oval|
|Saturday, March 19||India vs Australia||6:30 AM IST||Eden Park|
|Sunday, March 20||New Zealand vs England||2:30 AM IST||Eden Park|
|Monday, March 21||West Indies vs Pakistan||6:30 AM IST||Seddon Park|
|Tuesday, March 22||South Africa vs Australia||2:30 AM IST||Basin Reserve|
|Tuesday, March 22||India vs Bangladesh||6:30 AM IST||Seddon Park|
|Thursday, March 24||South Africa vs West Indies||2:30 AM IST||Basin Reserve|
|Thursday, March 24||England vs Pakistan||6:30 AM IST||Hagley Oval|
|Friday, March 25||Bangladesh vs Australia||2:30 AM IST||Basin Reserve|
|Saturday, March 26||New Zealand vs Pakistan||2:30 AM IST||Hagley Oval|
|Sunday, March 27||England vs Bangladesh||2:30 AM IST||Basin Reserve|
|Sunday, March 27||India vs South Africa||6:30 AM IST||Hagley Oval|
|Wednesday, March 30||Semi-final 1||2:30 AM IST||Basin Reserve|
|Thursday, March 31||Semi-final 2||6:30 AM IST||Hagley Oval|
|Sunday, April 3||ICC Women's World Cup 2022 final||6:30 AM IST||Hagley Oval|
Where to watch ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 live in India?
The ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 will be telecast live on the Star Sports network in India.
Live streaming of ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and JioTV.
Featured photo: AFP / Adrian Dennis