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ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: Information About It

The ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 was the twelfth Women’s Cricket World Cup. It was held in New Zealand in March and April 2022. It was supposed to take place from February 6 to March 7, 2021. But it was postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 15, 2021, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the tournament would begin on March 4, 2022. With the final on April 3, 2022. 

New Zealand’s hosts qualified automatically. This was with all other qualification spots determined by the ICC ODI Rankings. Initially, three more teams would be eligible for the 2017–2020 ICC Women’s Championship. But this was changed in 2018 to four units plus the hosts. The remaining three spots were supposed to be determined by the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 Qualifier. It is which was postponed from 2020. However, the tournament was called off in the middle. And the remaining spots were distributed based on ODI rankings. 

ICC Women's World Cup 2022

After winning their first five matches. Australia was the first team to qualify for the semifinals. South Africa advanced to the semifinals after winning four of their first six group matches and gaining a point for a no-result against the West Indies. The results of the tournament’s final two group stage matches determined the remaining two semifinal spots. England defeated Bangladesh by 100 runs in the first match to advance to the knockout stage. South Africa beat India by three wickets in the final group stage match. As a result, India was eliminated, and the West Indies took the final spot in the semifinals.

What More to Know About ICC Women’s World Cup 2022

Both teams missed vital players in their squads ahead of the first semifinal match. Ellyse Perry of Australia was ruled out of the game due to back spasms, forcing her to miss Australia’s previous group match against Bangladesh. Afy Fletcher, the West Indies’ leg-spin bowler, was ruled out of the game after testing positive for COVID-19. Australia won by 157 runs, with Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes scoring 216 runs for the first wicket, including Healy’s century. It was Australia’s seventh appearance in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 final. England defeated South Africa by 137 runs in the second semifinal, advancing to their sixth World Cup final. The defending champions advanced to the final thanks to a century from Danni Wyatt and a five-wicket haul from Sophie Ecclestone.

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Australia won their seventh World Cup by defeating England by 71 runs in the tournament final. In the World Cup Final, Alyssa Healy of Australia scored 170 runs in the match, the most by any cricketer, male or female. England’s Nat Sciver also got a century in the final, ending with 148 not out. Alyssa Healy was the competition’s highest run-scorer, with 509, and was awarded Player of the Tournament. England’s Sophie Ecclestone was the tournament’s best wicket-taker, with 21 dismissals.

Qualification of ICC Women’s World Cup 2022

On November 27, 2021, the ICC announced that the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 Qualifier had been canceled due to concerns about a new COVID variant and travel restrictions. According to the ICC’s playing conditions, the three remaining qualification slots were based on team rankings, so Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the West Indies advanced to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022.

Venues

The ICC confirmed the six locations for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 on March 11, 2020. The final was held at Eden Park. The Hagley Oval, Seddon Park, Bay Oval, University Oval, and Basin Reserve were the other five sites utilized for the league stage and semifinals.

ICC Women's World Cup 2022

Squads

Each side chose a squad of fifteen players for the World Cup, excluding reserves. On January 6, 2022, India became the first team to reveal its roster. On February 24, 2022, the ICC modified its tournament playing criteria, allowing matches to be played with just nine players in the case of a COVID-19 outbreak in a squad. If necessary, teams might utilize two female support staff substitutes in non-batting and non-bowling capacities. 

Officials From the Match

The ICC chose the tournament officials on February 22, 2022. In addition to the twelve umpires, Gary Baxter, Shandre Fritz, and G. S. Lakshmi were the match referees. The ICC announced the officials for the semifinal matches on March 28, 2022. The ICC confirmed the officials for the final on April 1, 2022, with Lauren Agenbag and Kim Cotton appointed as on-field umpires. 

Lauren Agenbag

Kim Cotton

Ahmed Shah Paktee

Ruchira Palliyaguruge

Sue Redfern

Langton Rusere

Sharfuddoula

Eloise Sheridan

Alex Wharf

Jacqueline Williams

Paul Wilson

Claire Polosak

Matches 

A total of 31 matches were played, including semifinals and a final, with all of them being aired live. The first match was scheduled to be played at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Further followed by semifinals at Seddon Park in Hamilton and the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. And the final at Eden Park in Auckland. The ICC, however, declared on December 15, 2020, that the two semifinals would be contested at the Hagley Oval and the Basin Reserve. 

Warm-up Games

The participating nations competed in eight warm-up matches before the World Cup, which took place from February 27 to March 2, 2022. These matches were not eligible for Women’s One Day International (WODI) or Listed A classification. 

Stage of the Group

On March 11, 2020, it was revealed in the Group Stage. Eight teams will compete in a single-league format, with each team playing the other once. The last time this format was utilized was in the 2017 event. Following the end of the league matches, the top four teams advanced to the semifinals, with the winners playing in the final. As a result, 31 matches were played during the tournament. The ICC released the entire match schedule for the event in December 2020, with all fixtures confirmed in December 2021. 

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Significant Information About ICC Women’s World Cup 2022

All teams have completed their first set of matches against each other over the first three days of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. Following a thumping victory over Pakistan’s archrivals, India’s women enjoy a clear lead on the points table. On the other hand, South Africa, Australia, and the West Indies have all claimed victories.

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On Wednesday, the West Indies Women rose to the second position in the points standings after a nail-biting seven-run victory against England Women. Stafanie Taylor and her colleagues bowled well to help the West Indies upset England and win their second consecutive match at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. With their victory over Pakistan, Australia retained the top position, while India fell to third, despite Mithali Raj’s team still having a game in hand.

Suppose India Women defeat New Zealand Women on Thursday. They would have a fantastic opportunity to reclaim first place in the rankings. India’s overwhelming win has resulted in a tremendous positive net run rate of 2.140. Thanks to their emphatic victory, they have now surpassed South Africa in total performance. The team captained by Mithali Raj will now face New Zealand in the ninth match of the series. India will sustain its present momentum and defeat the United States in a two-on-two match.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 Points Table

The 12th Women’s Cricket World Cup began on March 4 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui with hosts New Zealand and the West Indies. In 2022, eight teams will play in the Women’s Cricket World Cup: India, Bangladesh, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, England, the West Indies, and Pakistan, all fighting for the prized trophy known as the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. All eight teams will compete against each other for the first time during the group stage phase.

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Each side will play seven matches in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 Group Stage. The teams who finish first, second, third, and fourth in their World Cup groups will progress to the semifinals. England will defend their championship in this year’s final, which they have done four times previously. Australia has dominated the Women’s World Cup, winning the title a record six times. The only other team to win a Women’s World Cup was New Zealand in 2000. This was when they defeated Australia in the final.

Conclusion

The ICC Women’s World Cup will begin next month and will be hosted in New Zealand in 2022. The tournament’s opening match was held on Friday, March 4. This was at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga. This was the tournament’s first match. During this time, the final will be held on April 3 at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. At the same time, Team India began their campaign against archrivals Pakistan at Bay Oval on March 6. Team Pakistan began their campaign against Team Australia on the same day.