With little clarity over the future of cricket in the near future, it looks like next year’s Women’s World Cup might get affected too. As of now, all eyes are on ICC as the cricket world eagerly waits for the decision on this year’s T20 World Cup. The ICC has deferred the decision on the tournament to July.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in October-November in Australia. However, Cricket Australia has already made it clear that the chances of the tournament going ahead as scheduled are bleak. But surprisingly, the ICC is yet to deliver the final verdict on the tournament.
Amid all these, Stuff.co.nz has reported that the ICC might be planning to conduct the tournament in February-March 2021, which is also the slated window for women’s World Cup in New Zealand. But the current crop of women players believe that the two big events aren’t likely to take place concurrently.
“It depends on what happens to the men’s T20 World Cup, that could have an impact on the women’s World Cup,” Australia’s star all-rounder Ellyse Perry said.
“If that (men’s T20) tournament is postponed to next year, it’s pretty hard to think two world events are feasible to run at about the same time. I would imagine those events can’t be played concurrently.
“It’s really hard to have a gut feel of where things might go. In the scheme of things a World Cup seems a bit irrelevant given everything else that has gone on,” she added.
According to the schedule, the White Ferns are to play the tournament opener against an unconfirmed opponent on February 6, with the final scheduled for March 7 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.