NZ, Australia accept World Cup decisions


New Zea­land said on Saturday it could have probably hosted the women’s Cricket World Cup next year but supported the decision of the International Cricket Council to postpone the event for a year, reports Reuters.

Cricket Australia have also downplayed any suggestions they were annoyed at having the hosting rights of this year’s postponed men’s Twenty20 World Cup pushed back to 2022, allowing the powerful Indian board to retain the 2021 tournament.

The ICC decided on Friday to shift the women’s 50-over tournament until February 2022 because of uncertainty around COVID-19 and to shift the men’s Twenty20 tournament that was due to be held this October to late 2022. [nL8N2F95K8]

“This is obviously a disappointing decision for cricket players and fans around the world,” New Zealand Sports Minister Grant Robertson said in a statement on Saturday about the postponed women’s tournament.

“The organising committee in New Zealand has been working with the government to ensure a safe 

and enjoyable tournament could 

be played.

“We could have done it in 2021, but now we will look to 2022.