New Zealand, Australia settle for World Cup choices

Wellington, August 8

New Zealand stated on Saturday it might have in all probability hosted the ladies’s Cricket World Cup subsequent 12 months however supported the choice of the International Cricket Council to postpone the occasion for a 12 months.

Cricket Australia have additionally downplayed any solutions they have been aggravated at having the internet hosting rights of this 12 months’s postponed males’s Twenty20 World Cup pushed again to 2022, permitting the highly effective Indian board to retain the 2021 event.

The ICC selected Friday to shift the ladies’s 50-over event till February 2022 due to uncertainty round COVID-19 and to shift the boys’s Twenty20 event that was as a result of be held this October to late 2022.

“This is obviously a disappointing decision for cricket players and fans around the world,” New Zealand Sports Minister Grant Robertson stated in a press release on Saturday in regards to the postponed girls’s event.

“The organising committee in New Zealand has been working with the federal government to make sure a protected and pleasant event could possibly be performed.

“We could have done it in 2021, but now we will look to 2022. As a government we have reiterated our commitment to supporting the tournament.” The ICC final month postponed the boys’s Twenty20 event however had not selected a brand new date.

The Indian cricket board, in accordance with media reviews, was reluctant to sacrifice the 2021 slot for Australia and host back-to-back World Cups in 2022 and 2023.

Cricket Australia interim Chief Executive Nick Hockley, nonetheless, stated his organisation had been able to host the event in both 2021 or 2022, whereas there was no drawback with India holding onto their event subsequent 12 months.

“No, not at all annoyed,” Hockley advised reporters on a convention name on Saturday. “We are very respectful.

“Postponing it to 2022 in Australia offers us a greater probability of placing on the occasion that all of us initially deliberate for and have been hoping for.

“We hope by 2022 that the world is back and we have got some normalcy.” Reuters

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