Meg Lanning is optimistic about the future of Women’s ODI World Cup 2021. She still thinks that it is possible to go ahead with the original schedule of the showpiece event in New Zealand next February.
Meg Lanning hopeful about World Cup 2021
Meg Lanning, the captain of Australia women’s cricket team on Wednesday said that she is hoping for an improved situation where the ODI World Cup 2021 can be organized in its original schedule. “You want to know one way or another whether it’s going ahead, and fingers crossed things continue to improve around the world and the tournament can go ahead.”
She further explained that despite logistic issues, as players they are just preparing for whatever is planned and waiting for the final call for World Cup 2021. “In an ideal world you’d like to get (certainty)… but I understand there’s a lot of complexities involved in the situation from week to week and who knows what the situation’s going to be in a few months’ time, so it would be a very difficult job for the organisers to work out what the best plan of attack is. But as players we’re just preparing for it to go ahead and we’ll just wait for the decision to be made … and make sure we’re ready to go if that’s the case.”
Meg Lanning on the preparation of World Cup participants
New Zealand was one of the first countries and very few as well to tackle the deadly virus. The pandemic situation in New Zealand has improved but with very few months in hands, the ICC needs to check situation of every team associated with the event. While the men’s teams are gradually returning to the field all across the globe, the case is not similar in case of women in every country. Moreover, they have a few games scheduled before the World Cup 2021. Meg Lanning, understanding the situation commented, “That’s something the ICC are going to have to weigh up in terms of whether the tournament goes ahead. Will every team in the competition have an opportunity to prepare adequately for a World Cup?”
She further opined, “That’s a decision they’ve got to make and there’ll still be a few teams who have to go through the qualifying process to work out who’s even going to be at the World Cup, so I’m not sure how that’s going to pan out either. (So) there’s a few more decisions to be made around it, not just simply whether it can go ahead or not.”
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