India set to play Pakistan in their opening game of 2022 Women's World Cup

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15 Dec 2021 | 02:49 AM
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India set to play Pakistan in their opening game of 2022 Women's World Cup

The tournament will be played in the league format, where all eight teams will face each other once

Hosts New Zealand will take on West Indies on March 4 in the opening encounter of the Women's World Cup 2022, the ICC announced on Wednesday (December 15). 

Meanwhile, two massive rivalries will take the centre stage on day two and three, with defending champions England taking on six-time winners Australia at Seddon Park in Hamilton on March 5 and India coming face to face against Pakistan at Bay Oval, Tauranga the following day. 

A total of 31 matches will be played across 31 days. The tournament will be played in the league format, where all eight teams will face each other once, at the end of which the top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals. 

Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Wellington will be the six cities that will host the showpiece event.

New Zealand automatically qualified for the tournament as they are the hosts, while Australia, England, South Africa and India made it through on the basis of their position in ICC Women's Championship 2017-20. 

Meanwhile, Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies qualified on the basis of the ODI Team Rankings after the Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier was called off due to a Covid-related uncertainty.

The two semifinals will be played on March 30 and 31 in Wellington and Christchurch respectively, while the grand finale will be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on April 3. All the three knockout encounters will have a reserve day in place.

(With inputs from the ICC media release)


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