ICC Women’s One Day World Cup CEO Andrea Nelson said on Friday that there will be no change in the number of venues or the schedule of events despite the recent spread of the Omicron version of COVID-19 in host nation New Zealand. The World Cup is scheduled to take place in New Zealand from March 4, with the hosts taking on West Indies in the opening match of the tournament. However, New Zealand has recently seen a surge in COVID-19 cases due to several restrictions.
“We have been preparing to host the World Cup in 2022 for quite some time, originally it was scheduled for 2021. We are well on track and 35 days away from the opening match in Tauranga and 66 from the final. Days away. Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
“The first thing to do is keep the tournament schedule in place, and that includes moving around New Zealand,” Nelson told a select group of reporters on a post-call Friday morning.
“We are working in a managed environment with the ICC. But broadly speaking, the tournament will go ahead as planned across the country,” he added.
On Thursday, New Zealand Cricket announced a rescheduled schedule to curb the risk of COVID-19 by ensuring that teams do not have to travel a lot for matches in both the men’s and women’s events.
“The last week or so has changed a lot, although New Zealand has the Omicron edition. But what hasn’t changed is our absolute commitment to organizing an incredible event for athletes,” Nelson said.
The World Cup is to be played at six venues – Tauranga, Dunedin, Hamilton, Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch and Nelson said there has been no change of venue as of now.
“The plan is to maintain the schedule as it is with six locations. Contingency measures were taken to protect travel between those locations as much as possible.
“We are currently staging the program according to the schedule that has been published with changes to the first location.” “Therefore, there have been no significant changes in the way the event is held for the players. The main changes relate to the spectators inside the stadium.” Nelson said the New Zealand government was doing its best to “maximize” attendance at the event.
“New Zealand has moved to a traffic light system. With the advent of the new version, we are on the red of the traffic light system. And, roughly speaking, it only has attendance at events in groups of 100.
Responding to a PTI query on what has changed in the organization of the tournament after the Omicron edition, Nelson said, “So, what we are working on at the moment is how many groups of 100 we have in each stadium.” can fit.” PTI NRB APA PM PM
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