August 12, 2022
Women’s Cricket World Cup Attracted Record Viewership

Women’s Cricket World Cup Attracted Record Viewership

Women’s cricket is gaining popularity gradually and lately it is evident from the viewership data revealed by ICC. The 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup grabbed 1.65 billion views across all the channels of the organization. The total views in 2020 were just 164 million.

 

ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said the global television audience for the event was 104.8 million and the viewing hours were 215.2 million, which was an increase of 47.7 percent compared to the T20 World Cup in 2021.

 

He further added that the record viewership for the Women’s Cricket World Cup was up by 45 percent compared to that of the 2020s. This generated views of 1.1 billion.

 

The Women’s Cricket World Cup is the third most engaged event of ICC after the Men’s Cricket World Cup and Men’s T20 World Cup. The Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 was held between March 4 and April 3 in New Zealand. This host team defeated England in the final by 71 runs at Hagley Oval in Christchurch and claimed the cup. It was the 12th edition competition in the segment. Batting first, Australia set a target of 357 runs while England was bowled out in 43.3 overs bagging 285 runs. Unbeaten 148 of Nat Sciver failed to save the team.

 

Australian player Alyssa Healy was the leading run-scorer in the tournament and player of the match too. She grabbed 170 runs in the final and this is the highest score in the World Cup Final either in the men’s or women’s segment.

 

Australia has won seven Women’s World Cup and failed to win thrice while England could grab just four. New Zealand has won just one. India and West Indies reached the final twice and once respectively without any win.

 

New Zealand’s Debbie Hockley has the record of scoring the most runs (1505) in the Women’s World Cup while Sophie Ecclestone from England is the leading wicket-taker. Jhulan Goswami from India has taken the maximum wickets (45).

 

The first Women’s Cricket World Cup was hosted by England in 1973. The final match was played between England and Australia. England won on the basis of points. It had 20 points while Australia had 17. India hosted thrice – 1978, 1997 and 2013.

 

The current top five teams are Australia, England, New Zealand, India and West Indies. The last is Jamaica.

 

International Cricket Council has been organizing the event since 2005 after the merger of the International Women’s Cricket Council.