Considerations round gamers’ preparation in a short while led to the postponement of the ICC Girls’s ODI World Cup and the choice had nothing to do with issues of safety pertaining to COVID-19 in New Zealand, in line with the occasion’s CEO Andrea Nelson. The showpiece, scheduled to begin in February 2021, was postponed by a yr because of the raging pandemic.
Host nation New Zealand, although, has achieved effectively in combatting the virus. The nation has to this point recorded 1569 confirmed instances with a majority of them having recovered, making it one of many least affected locations on the earth. “It got here all the way down to the power of the groups to qualify,” Nelson informed ‘NZME’, a neighborhood media group.
The qualifiers for the event have been imagined to be held in July, however needed to be postponed because of the pandemic. India, England, Australia, South Africa and the hosts had already certified for the event. They’ll retain that standing whereas the remaining three slots can be determined after a qualifying event, and Nelson harped on that time.
“We’ve achieved a whole lot of contingency planning round this occasion, to provide it the very 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 in a position to be held but, so with the intention to qualify after which compete within the occasion in 2021 – it was too dangerous,” Nelson mentioned.
The nation was scheduled to host the premier event from February 6 to March 7 subsequent yr. The choice to delay the 12th version of the event was taken on the ICC Board Assembly held through teleconference final Friday. “We’ve obtained groups that may’t prepare, they’ll’t assemble – within the case of a rustic just like the West Indies they’ll’t go away their islands to convey the group collectively – and that’s simply not a possible strategy to ask a group to organize for his or her pinnacle occasion,” she mentioned.
Whilst high gamers akin 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 event in 2022 offers the very best likelihood for groups around the globe to coach, put together, and are available and compete of their pinnacle occasion,” she mentioned.
“Now we have completely little question we’ll be capable to decide up these plans and ship a tremendous occasion a yr later.”