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ICC Women World Cup 2022 Short Preview

The 12th edition of the Women’s ODI World Cup has arrived after being postponed for a year due to Covid-19. On March 4, hosts New Zealand will take on the West Indies at the Bay Oval. 

The tournament features Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa, India, and Bangladesh in an eight-team round-robin format. The 50-over matches will be held at six different locations, necessitating extensive internal travel.

Format of the Game 

Each team will play every other team once, similar to the Men’s 2019 World Cup, with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals. The top-seeded team will face the fourth-placed team in the first semi-final, while the second- and third-placed teams will compete in the other semi-final. If India finishes in the top four, they will play in the second semi-final in Christchurch, which will be a day-night match.

Venues 

Eden Park in Auckland, Hagley Oval in Christchurch, University Oval in Dunedin, Seddon Park in Hamilton, Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, and the Basin Reserve in Wellington will host the competition’s 31 matches. Wellington and Christchurch will host the semi-finals, with the latter also hosting the final.

Venues can fill up to 10% of their capacity in the early stages of the event. The organisers are expecting that as the event develops, the cap will be raised.

Favorites 

Six-time winner Australia is favourites to win the Women’s Cricket World Cup, which begins on Friday. The tournament comes at a pivotal time in the sport, with calls for pay fairness and increased worldwide exposure for the women’s game. Australia is in top shape heading into the tournament opener against defending champion England on Saturday, as evidenced by a resounding win in the previous Ashes series.

Matches to look forward to

On March 6, India will play Pakistan in a day-night match, while Australia and England will face off on March 5. On March 13, rivals New Zealand and Australia are going to face off.

Players to Watch Out for upcoming ICC Women World Cup 

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  • Richa Ghosh – India
  • Karishma Ramharack – West Indies
  • Ghulam Fatima – Pakistan  
  • Fran Jonas – New Zealand
  • Darcie Brown – Australia
  • Fargana Hoque – Bangladesh
  • Kate Cross – England

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