ICC CEO Allardice: Covid-19 has made it ‘very troublesome to re-establish the calendar’ for girls’s cricket
A number of ladies’s groups have been out of motion because the heady evening of the T20 World Cup remaining on the MCG on March 8, 2020
As a lot as Covid-19 has difficult the cricket calendar, it is influence has been essentially the most profound on ladies’s cricket, and even the ICC has admitted to struggling to discover a approach again to normalcy on that entrance, go away alone attempting to match the highs of a T20 World Cup remaining that was attended by almost 90,000 folks.
“Over the last three or four years, the momentum that we’ve built up around international women’s cricket has been fantastic,” the governing physique’s interim CEO Geoff Allardice stated in an interplay with media retailers on Wednesday. “The last match we saw before Covid – it was one of the really special moments for international cricket at the MCG, with the Twenty20 World Cup. So, just as momentum was reaching a peak, Covid’s hit and it’s made life very difficult to re-establish the calendar the way it would have been mapped out.”
A number of groups have been within the wilderness since that evening on March 8, 2020. India, who made it to the ultimate then earlier than shedding to Australia, went by way of 364 days with none worldwide matches. Sri Lanka have nonetheless not been capable of safe enjoying time. Australia and New Zealand have managed to get on the park a bit extra repeatedly, and the ICC is hoping to construct on that, particularly with the 50-over World Cup developing in March 2022.
“We’re in the lead-up to a World Cup and it would have just concluded in New Zealand if it had gone ahead as scheduled. In terms of teams getting ready for that – and that will be the focus over the next 12 months through to the World Cup.” Allardice stated.
The qualifying match for that World Cup, initially set to be performed in July, has been pushed again to permit all contributors sufficient time to get absolutely prepared.
“And that was also the same thing around the teams that are preparing for the women’s World Cup qualifier that we originally had scheduled for Sri Lanka in June [July], in that some of the countries just weren’t able to get any preparation in place to get their teams ready for that series in June, and it’s only a couple of months away,” Allardice stated. “The extra few months that we get to push that tournament back to the end of the year will hopefully allow the participating teams to prepare in a more even way, because it’s a really important tournament for us as there’s three teams that get identified to go through to the World Cup in New Zealand, and there’s also spots in the next edition of the ICC Women’s Championship at stake, depending on results in the qualifier too, so that’s a really important tournament for us later this year.
“I feel, at this stage, we’re simply attempting to get to some extent the place we will stage these tournaments not simply safely but in addition give the taking part groups an opportunity to be able to play their finest.”