The New Zealand government is funding a NZD 2 million (approximately USD 1.38 million) upgrade at five venues to ensure gender-neutral facilities for players. The tournament will be played at five venues: Basin Reserve in Wellington, Seddon Park in Hamilton, Hagley Oval and NZC High Performance Center in Christchurch, and University Oval in Dunedin.
Upgrading the venues will focus on renovating the players’ facilities, including the toilets on the grounds, to ensure they are gender neutral ahead of the World Cup.
“This is what big events are all about,” said Andrea Nelson, Executive Director of the ICC 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup, welcoming the package announcement. “Beyond the national celebration of cricket in 2022, the legacy of the Cricket World Cup ’22 will enhance our women’s and girls’ experience of cricket for future generations.”
Earlier this year, Grant Robertson, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Sports and Recreation, had also announced a sports recovery package of NZD 265 million (approximately $ 183 million) as part of the Covid-19 response funding. Of that amount, NZD 7.3 million (approximately USD 5.04 million) were part of the World Cup Accessible Venues Fund to drive the improvement of facilities at the venues of three major women’s events: the Cricket World Cup in 2022 and the Rugby World Cup. in 2021 and the 2023 FIFA World Cup.
“Hosting three Women’s World Cups in three years is a great opportunity to drive positive change and put New Zealand on the world map when it comes to women in sport,” said Robertson.
An ICC statement said that Auckland’s Eden Park, which could host matches in all three World Cups, has also been earmarked for gender-neutral improvements, while the facilities at Bay Oval on Mount Maunganui have already been awarded. to an acceptable level.
In August, the ICC had postponed the ODI Women’s World Cup from 2021 to 2022 because the Covid-19 situation around the world did not allow participating teams to prepare for the event. The qualifiers for the 2022 edition are scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka in July 2021.