Australia women’s keeper-batter Alyssa Healy is one of the most exciting cricketers in the country and played a vital role in their victory in the 2020 Women’s World Cup. In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, Alyssa Healy conceded that the prospect of playing four major tournaments next year is intimidating but exciting at the same time. She will appear in the upcoming limited-overs against New Zealand in September.
There exist four significant competitions scheduled for 2022. It comprises of the rescheduled ODI World Cup, which was initially supposed to take place in 2021. It also includes the T20 World Cup, Birmingham commonwealth games, and the women’s Ashes series. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 50-over World Cup had to be rescheduled to 2022.
Alyssa Healy conceded that it would be interesting to see how the ICC balances all these events. Healy feels that enabling all the sides to have proper preparation for all the tournaments is crucial and if it does not take place, the apex body will have to conduct it some other time.
“Look, it will be interesting to see how they [the ICC] are able to balance all those events. Enabling all the international sides to have proper preparation for those big tournaments is key, and if that’s not able to take place, then they’re obviously going to look at rescheduling some of the events,” Alyssa Healy stated.
The iconic women’s cricketer continued saying that the prospect of playing in these significant competitions is indeed daunting and exciting simultaneously. However, the 30-year old sees it as an opportunity to prove that women’s cricket is as massive as men’s, operating on a large scale.
“The opportunity to play four big major worldwide events in one year is obviously daunting, but it’s also exciting for us to showcase the women’s game on an international scale as big as that. I think most of the girls around the world would be chomping at the bits to be part of it,” the 30-year old asserted.
We need everyone to be safe, we need everyone to be healthy: Alyssa Healy
The Queensland cricketer underlined the postponement of the World Cup as a massive disappointment but understands the risks associated with the current uncertainties. Alyssa Healy hopes that they can be prepared for the World Cup and bilateral series happening in the near future.
“The ODI World Cup postponement was obviously a disappointing thing for the women’s game, but there are bigger factors are at play here. We need everyone to be safe, we need everyone to be healthy. For us, hopefully, we can be best prepared for the next ODI World Cup. Hopefully, we can see some bilateral series popping up in the near future when they’re safe to do so,” she added.