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ICC – If there is a covid teams can field nine players

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Key Highlights

  • With only 9 Players any team will be granted permission only on grounds if their team is been hit by COVID-19 severely in the Women’s World Cup this year.
  • Traveling teams are allowed to have three travel reserves along with their existing 15-member squad
  • Hosts New Zealand will take on West Indies in their first match on March 4.

In a major setback, New Zealand is facing a new set of spikes in COVID cased in the country and registered 6,000 new cases. The government of New Zealand looking at the stats is expecting a further spike probably in the mid-march or so.  So far in total 250 hospitalizations have been made.

Given the gravity of the situation, Chris Tetley, who heads the events, has said that the teams need to provide nine players and two female members of their support staff in their camps while assuring flexibility in the field in case of the outbreak, making sure the game is ON.

Keeping a close watch on the COVID situation, Mr Tetley assured as much flexibility as possible to manage the game in these unique circumstances.

“From a Covid-19 perspective, we need to be a little bit flexible, as far as the way in which we manage the game to take into account these unique circumstances,”

Mr. Tetley further adding,

“And if they have 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.”

In a special situation, the team is allowed to have three reserves, except for the current 15 players.

Mr Tetley said there could be “logistical Constraints” but the ICC would consider that by rescheduling fixtures or on a medical crisis.

Mr Tetley assured of greater flexibility as an option providing unlimited Super Overs, unlike the scene that had happened in the past, when England won on boundary countback after the match ended in a tie.

The last move will be much appreciated because in the 2019 world cup match (Men), because of tie and limited overs the was decided based on just on a boundary leaving another team helpless. 

“We would have, were it necessary, unlimited super overs if we get to that point in the game. So we wouldn’t get to the boundaries countback,”On March 4th the first match will begin between the hosts New Zealand and the Caribbean’s the west Indies.

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