With the intention of conducting an uninterrupted tournament, the International Cricket Council on Thursday said all the matches in the upcoming Women’s ODI World Cup which will be hosted by New Zealand can be played even with just 9 players in case of an unfortunate COVID-19 outbreak in any of the squad. The 9 player-a-side game is already in the guidelines released by International Cricket Council related to playing conditions and has been in effect since the U-19 World Cup in the West Indies, where India won the title for the 5th time.
If it becomes necessary we would allow a team to field nine players as an exception for this environment,” Tetley was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “And if they had female substitutes from within their management team, we would allow two substitutes to play – non-batting, non-bowling – to enable a game to take place.” Keeping the pandemic scenario in mind, all teams have been allowed to take along three extra players as traveling reserves, who can be brought in the 15-member main squad should there be a COVID casualty. The International Cricket Council also stated officially that they can reschedule the games of the tournament if needed. “We’ll be asking teams to show maximum flexibility and we’ll be as flexible as possible if the need arises to fulfill our objective, which is to get the games on,” he said. The tournament will kick off on March 4 with the opening match of the tournament between hosts New Zealand and West Indies in Mount Maunganui.