DUBAI: The rescheduled Women’s 50-over World Cup in New Zealand will resume on March 4, 2022, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday, with the final to be held on April 3.
The tournament was initially planned to take place next year from February to March, but was delayed due to the pandemic of the coronavirus (Covid-19).
The 31 matches during the competition will be hosted by the same six cities and venues, with Hagley Oval in Christchurch hosting the final under the spotlight.
The tournament has been qualified by New Zealand, Australia, England, South Africa and India, with three remaining teams to be confirmed by a qualifying event in Sri Lanka from June 26-July 10 next year.
In the opener in Tauranga, hosts New Zealand will take on a qualifying side while defending champions England, who claimed the previous event at home in 2017 by beating India at Lord’s, are scheduled to face Australia in Hamilton the following day.
The postponed tournament will continue to deliver prize money of NZ$5.5 million ($3.89 million), up almost 60% from the last edition.
With the top four progressing to the semi-finals, all eight teams will face each other in a round-robin format.
The ICC, meanwhile, announced that at the men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in 2022, as many as 86 teams will play for 15 places.
Next April, the four-step qualification phase will begin, involving up to 225 matches. There will be 11 qualification tournaments across five countries, all of which, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, have been rescheduled.
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For the first time, Hungary, Romania and Serbia will seek to qualify. The qualification events will be hosted by Japan and Finland.