The ICC committee has released a full-fledged 31 days match schedule for the Women’s T20 World Cup which will be played across six venues, namely Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.
The 2021 Women’s T20 World Cup is set to be played in New-Zealand and this time the prestigious tournament will have a reserve day for all its crucial knockout games, each for the Semifinals and Finals. This decision has been taken in the view of lots of criticism which the International Cricket Council (ICC) had faced last week after one of the semi-finals of the Women’s T20 World Cup between India and England was washed out. And with no province for Reserve Day, India had directly progressed to the finals of the T20 World Cup without playing the Semi-finals on account of their unbeaten run in the group stage.
Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin will host the games in the tournament. The two semi-finals will be played at Tauranga and Hamilton on March 3 and March 4 respectively while the final will be held on March 7 under lights at the Hagley Oval.
This time New-Zealand is the host for the tournament and the tournament will commence the tournament with a clash against a qualifier at Eden Park, Auckland on February 6, 2021.
So far only four teams have been confirmed for the World Cup so far and they are, Australia, England, South Africa and hosts New Zealand have already qualified while four more spots are left to be grabbed. The remaining teams will be confirmed on the conclusion of the Women’s Championship and the qualifying event in Sri Lanka in July. The neighboring countries clash featuring Australia and New Zealand on February 13 and the clash between defending champions England and Australia on the second day of the tournament stands out.
“It is a match which we will be definitely looking forward as players- taking on the Aussies is always a huge thrill”, remarked New-Zealand skipper Sophie Devine. “Cricket fans who come along to the Basin Reserve on Saturday the 13th of February will no doubt see a lot of passion from both teams,” added New-Zealand Skipper Sophie Devine.
“Playing in a World Cup against our arch-rivals in my home city will be an unreal feeling,” she added.
Prize money for the showpiece of women’s international cricket will total NZD$5.5million, and all matches will be broadcast live.
ICC CEO, Manu Sawhney said: “The ICC has made a long-term commitment to elevating women’s cricket as part of our strategy to grow and develop the global game.
“We are extremely proud of the significant progress we have made in increasing prize money for ICC events over the last few years, with the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand having $NZD’ 5.5 million dollars available in prize money compared to $NZD3.1m in 2017 and $NZD316,000 in 2013, she added.
“Our team is proud to be delivering a tournament where Kiwis across the whole country, in each of our six host cities, can really get involved in what is a truly special event”, ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup CEO Andrea Nelson said. “We can’t wait to see the excitement build around New Zealand as we prepare to roll out the welcome mat for the rest of the world,” she added.
Talking about the venue of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Hamilton will play host to seven games in the tournament, which is the most, including the semifinal. Christchurch, Wellington and Tauranga will host six games each. Auckland and Dunedin will host two and four matches respectively.
Let’s see whether Indian Women’s Cricket Team will raise its bar of performance and qualify for the highly awaited ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2021! Fingers crossed for Women in Blue!