The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 is all set to take place in New Zealand starting March 4 at the Bay Oval in Tauranga. The tournament opener would be a blockbuster clash between the hosts and the West Indies team.
There will be a total of 31 games played over the course of 31 days, with the eight teams competing for the coveted World Cup trophy. The tournament will be held in six cities: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Wellington.
Australia, England, South Africa, and India qualified for the tournament based on their finishes in the ICC Women’s Championship 2017-20, while New Zealand qualified automatically as hosts.
Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the West Indies were the final three nations to qualify for the World Cup based on ODI Team Rankings after the Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier was cancelled owing to a Covid-related uncertainty in 2021.
The competition will be held in a league format, with each of the eight teams facing each other once, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
The first semi-final will take place on March 30 at The Basin Reserve in Wellington, with the second semi-final (March 31) and final taking place at The Hagley Oval in Christchurch (3 April). There will be a reserve day for both the semi-finals and the finals.
With all the nitty-gritty of the tournament, here is the look at all the eight squads competing in the 50-over global showpiece tournament.
Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh Thakur, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav.
Sophie Devine (c), Amy Satterthwaite (vc), Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Melie Kerr, Frankie Mackay, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nic Carey, Ash Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver (vc), Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt.
Travelling Reserves: Lauren Bell, Mady Villiers
Nigar Sultana (c), Salma Khatun, Rumana Ahmed, Fargana Hoque, Jahanara Alam, Shamima Sultana, Fahima Khatun, Ritu Moni, Murshida Khatun, Nahida Akter, Sharmin Akhter, Lata Mondal, Sobhana Mostary, Fariha Trisna, Suraiya Azmin, Sanjida Akter Meghla.
Bismah Maroof (c), Nida Dar (vc), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Ghulam Fatima, Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Omaima Sohail, Sidra Amin and Sidra Nawaz.
Suné Luus (c), Chloé Tryon (vc), Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Maria Klaas, Mignon du Preez, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Tazmin Brits, Trisha Chetty, Tumi Sekhukhune
Travelling reserves: Andrie Steyn, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe