The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 (CWC22) today announced that ANZ Bank New Zealand will be an official sponsor of the tournament, which will be held in New Zealand from 4 March to 3 April, 2022.
As a long-time supporter of women’s sport in New Zealand, including netball, the Olympics, Paralympics and as major sponsor of the WHITE FERNS, ANZ will be throwing its full force behind this world cup celebration.
“At ANZ, we’ve always led the way in supporting women in sport in New Zealand, so we’re excited to be extending that support through our sponsorship of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2022,” said ANZ NZ Chief Executive and CWC22 Champion Antonia Watson.
“Women’s sport is on an exciting journey, and New Zealand is making some excellent progress. But, while we’ve come a long way, there’s still a way to go.”
The opportunity to continue its role in supporting the country’s finest female athletes was a key driver in ANZ’s decision to throw its support behind the event, Ms Watson said.
“The World Cup is a fantastic opportunity to draw attention to this and help promote our national women’s cricket team.
“We’re also delighted to be getting behind young New Zealanders, particularly young women, and support them to be the best they can in cricket, sports and other walks of life.”
ANZ’s support for the event will include a nationwide search to uncover the next generation of Kiwi female cricketing stars. The ANZ Next XI will see eleven young cricketers being invited take part in a WHITE FERNS junior training academy that could put them on the pathway to sporting stardom.
CWC22 CEO Andrea Nelson says: “We’re thrilled to have ANZ on board as a regional partner – their enthusiasm for women’s sport is undeniable and we can’t wait to see Aotearoa get behind some of the incredible activities they have planned.
“Beyond the nationwide celebration of women’s cricket, major events like the CWC22 are all about inspiring the next generation. When young girls and boys see the best cricketers in the world playing right here in Aotearoa, we want them to feel that they too can do great things.”
To amplify the match day experience, selected lucky cricket fans will have the chance to jump on board the ‘ANZ Fanwagon’ – ANZ will shout tickets, the bus there and back, plus a supporter’s pack to make match day even better.