The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the full schedule of the next Women’s ODI World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2021. The 31-match schedule was announced at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 launch in New Zealand’s capital city.

The tournament will see New Zealand playing the first match on February 6 at the Eden Park in Auckland against a qualifying team. The final will be played under the lights of Hegley Oval in Christchurch on March 7.

Four sides – New Zealand (host), Australia, England and South Africa – have already qualified for the eight-team round-robin tournament. The World Cup, which will be played across six cities in New Zealand, will see all the eight teams playing each other once with the top four qualifying for the semifinals.

The launch event was attended by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, Minister for Sport Grant Robertson, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford, Australian High Commissioner Her Excellency Patricia Forsythe and ICC CEO Manu Sawhney.

“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,” ICC CEO Manu Sawhney was quoted as saying on the official website of ICC.

“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,” the CEO added.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 fixtures by venue:

Eden Park, Auckland

Saturday, 6 Feb – New Zealand v QUALIFIER

Sunday, 7 Feb – Australia v England

University Oval, Dunedin

Sunday, 7 Feb – QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER

Tuesday, 9 Feb – NZ v QUALIFIER

Saturday, 13 Feb – QUALIFIER v England

Sunday, 14 Feb – QUALIFIER v South Africa

Seddon Park, Hamilton

Monday, 8 Feb – QUALIFIER v South Africa

Wednesday, 10 Feb – England v QUALIFIER

Thursday, 11 Feb – QUALIFIER v South Africa

Saturday, 20 Feb – New Zealand v South Africa

Wednesday, 24 Feb – QUALIFIER v Australia

Friday, 26 Feb – South Africa v Australia

Thursday, 4 March – Semi-final 2 (2v3)

Bay Oval, Tauranga

Wednesday, 10 Feb – Australia v QUALIFIER

Sunday, 14 Feb – QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER

Wednesday, 17 Feb – New Zealand v QUALIFIER

Sunday, 21 Feb – England v QUALIFIER

Sunday, 28 Feb – QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER

Wednesday, 3 March – Semi-Final 1 (1v4)

Basin Reserve, Wellington

Saturday, 13 Feb – New Zealand v Australia

Tuesday, 16 Feb – Australia v QUALIFIER

Wednesday, 17 Feb – South Africa v England

Tuesday, 23 Feb – South Africa v QUALIFIER

Thursday, 25 Feb – New Zealand v QUALIFIER

Saturday, 27 Feb – QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER

Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Thursday, 18 Feb – QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER

Saturday, 20 Feb – QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER

Sunday, 21 Feb – QUALIFIER v Australia

Wednesday, 24 Feb – England v QUALIFIER

Sunday, 28 Feb – New Zealand v England

Sunday, 7 March – Final