Women’s World Cup 2022: No change to Women’s ODI WC schedule, confirms Tournament CEO;
Women’s World Cup 2022: The Women’s ODI World Cup will take place as per schedule across the six sites in New Zealand, commencing March 4, event CEO Andrea Nelson has confirmed.
Following a community breakout of the Omicron strain that put the country under additional Covid-19 restrictions, New Zealand’s bilateral series for the rest of the season was shifted to a condensed list of venues on Sunday.
“We did look at multiple contingency plans over the last 12 months as you can well imagine. But the plan is to retain the schedule as it is with the six venues. The contingency measures we’re putting in place relate to kind of partaking the travel. Between those venues as much as possible,” said Andrea Nelson as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
“One of the factors [of hosting a multi-team cricket event] in New Zealand is that our venues are very different to, for example, some of the venues in the subcontinent or the UK. For those that have watched cricket in New Zealand, we’ve got grass-bank stadiums, [and] smaller stadiums that don’t have hotels built into them. So it’s a very different environment to how some of it have been staged recently,” she added.
Mount Maunganui, Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch will host the 31-match competition.
“In terms of the delivery of the event for the players. It has not brought about any changes because we had been planning alongside the ICC for the safest possible tournament. So there are no significant changes to the way we deliver it for the players. Predominantly, the changes are related to the spectators inside the stadium,” Nelson said.
“New Zealand has moved to a traffic-light system… And broadly speaking, that puts at the moment attendance [which] can be only in groups of 100. So the work we’re undertaking at the moment is how many groups of 100 can we fit within each stadium. And we’re working through a bit of detail on all that … But really, the message is: we set out to kind of create a fantastic platform for these athletes to perform on. And we remain fully committed to doing that,” she added.
The NZC announced various changes to the locations for its forthcoming international season on Thursday. In order to decrease the possibility of exposure to the Omicron type. All six of India Women’s limited-overs matches have shifted to Queenstown’s John Davies Oval.
The one-off T20I and the first ODI supposed to played at McLean Park in Napier. The second and third ODIs supposed to played at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on February 14 and 16. And the remaining two ODIs supposed to played in Queenstown on February 22 and 24.