The women’s 50-over Cricket World Cup that was scheduled to be held in New Zealand in February-March next year has been postponed to 2022 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 CEO Andrea Nelson has backed the decision.

“What we’re all about is staging the best possible world cup and when you look at the situation around the world and the ability for teams to qualify and train and compete in what has to be their pinnacle event, delaying it a year just makes sense to have the best possible product,” Nelson said.

“We’re dealing with a pretty unprecedented global time but it is the right thing for cricket.”

Nelson plans to meet with her organising team next week to work out what implications the 12-month postponement will have.

“There are hundreds of people around the country that have been working on this and we’ll be talking to them all over the coming days about what this means and how we go forward.

“We’ll be meeting on Monday and working through the detail of the implications, but there’s been a lot of really great work done by the team and that work will now be lost.

“We’ll be a fantastic position to build on and do an even better event a year later.”


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