India Women will be playing against New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the warm-up matches © Getty Images
India Women will be playing against New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the warm-up matches © Getty Images

Dubai: India will begin their 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup campaign with a practice match against New Zealand in Derbyshire on June 19. The practice matches, which will be played at four different venues from June 19-22, will give sides the chance to acclimatise to the conditions and also test the calibre of teams they will face later. India will next face Sri Lanka in their final practice game on June 21 in Chesterfield. The tournament proper, consisting of 31 matches, will be played across five venues including Lord’s, which will host the final on July 23. Rau sacked as Indian Women’s coach; Arothe named replacement

The four top teams from the ICC Women’s Championship 2014-16 – Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies, qualified directly for the tournament while the remaining four – India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan came through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 played in Colombo in February this year. Indian captain Mithali Raj said that they are eagerly awaiting the ICC Women’s World Cup, especially after their thrilling victory against South Africa in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Colombo in February.

The actual tournament will be played across five venues. There will be 31 matches played beginning from June 24 to July 23.

Date Match  Venue
June 19 India vs New Zealand Derbyshire
England vs Sri Lanka Chesterfield
June 20 Pakistan vs West Indies Leicestershire
Australia vs South Africa Oakham
June 21 England vs New Zealand Derbyshire
India vs Sri Lanka Chesterfield
June 22 Pakistan vs Australia Leicestershire
South Africa vs West Indies Oakham

“The warm-up matches provide teams with the chance to iron out any deficiencies and we look forward to making maximum use of them,” she said.