DUBAI: After facing a lot of criticism post the semi-final of Women T20 World Cup 2020, the International Cricket Council released the 2021 Women's World Cup's schedule that will be having reserve day for all three knockout games (semi-finals and final).
Last week, the English team lost the semi-finals to India in the tournament without a single ball bowled. The match was washed out and due to India's better position in the ranking table and no reserve day for the semi-finals, India proceeded to the finals to face team Australia.
The ICC released the 31-match schedule for the 2021 WWC on Wednesday that will be played in New Zealand. The tournament will be hosted by Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The semi-finals will be played on March 3 at Tauranga and on March 4 at Hamilton. The final will be played on March 7 at Hagley Oval.
So far, only four teams have been confirmed and those are Australia, England, South Africa and the hosts New Zealand. There are four more spots for grabs and the remaining teams will be confirmed after the conclusion of Women's Championship and the qualifying event in Sri Lanka in July.
All the matches will be broadcasted live and the prize money for the showpiece of women's international cricket will total NZD$5.5million.
Manu Sawhney, ICC CEO 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 $NZD5.5 million dollars available in prize money compared to $NZD3.1m in 2017 and $NZD316,000 in 2013."
"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," said ICC Women's Cricket World Cup CEO Andrea Nelson.
"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 further added.