Auckland, August 10
Concerns round gamers’ preparation in a short while led to the postponement of the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup and the choice had nothing to do with questions of safety pertaining to COVID-19 in New Zealand, in response to the occasion’s CEO Andrea Nelson.
The showpiece, scheduled to start out in February 2021, was postponed by a yr as a result of raging pandemic.
Host nation New Zealand, although, has carried out properly in combatting the virus. The nation has to date recorded 1,569 confirmed circumstances with a majority of them having recovered, making it one of many least affected locations on the planet.
“It came down to the ability of the teams to qualify,” Nelson instructed ‘NZME’, an area media group.
The qualifiers for the event have been imagined to be held in July, however needed to be postponed as a result of pandemic.
India, England, Australia, South Africa and the hosts had already certified for the event. They will retain that standing whereas the remaining three slots will probably be determined after a qualifying event, and Nelson harped on that time.
“We’ve carried out a number of contingency planning round this occasion, to provide it the absolute best likelihood of continuing efficiently – in the end the choice to delay it comes all the way down to cricket.
“No qualifying tournaments have been able to be held yet, so in order to qualify and then compete in the event in 2021 – it was too risky,” Nelson mentioned.
The nation was scheduled to host the premier event from February 6 to March 7 subsequent yr.
The determination to delay the 12th version of the event was taken on the ICC Board Meeting held by way of teleconference final Friday.
“We’ve got teams that can’t train, they can’t assemble – in the case of a country like the West Indies they can’t leave their islands to bring the team together – and that’s just not a feasible way to ask a team to prepare for their pinnacle event,” she mentioned.
Even as high gamers corresponding to England captain Heather Knight and Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy expressed disappointment over the postponement, Nelson believed that pushing the event by a yr would assist them in preparation.
“Having the tournament in 2022 gives the best possible chance for teams around the world to train, prepare, and come and compete in their pinnacle event,” she mentioned.
“We have absolutely no doubt we’ll be able to pick up those plans and deliver an amazing event a year later.” PTI