Cricket: One-year postponement possible for Women's World Cup in NZ

The fate of next year's ICC Women's Cricket World Cup to be held in New Zealand will be decided in the next fortnight. 

Cricket's governing body met overnight to postpone the Men's Twenty20 World Cup for at least a year, and now Newshub has learned that the women's tournament could be heading the same way.

There are 200 days to go until the event gets underway, but the countdown clock may need to be reset, according to New Zealand Cricket chairman Greg Barclay. 

"At the moment it's business as usual," Barclay tells Newshub. "Unless something changes, in which case that event would simply move one year. 

"So, it would still be in New Zealand - same event, same term - but the COVID-19 considerations may be such that it's deemed prudent just to move it out for a year."

A definitive call will be made when the ICC board meets again in the coming weeks, where the seven teams' ability to travel to New Zealand will be one key factor under consideration. 

"If there were to be any change across border, quarantine, travel issues then that may be deemed sufficient to postpone the tournament out," Barclay adds.

In the meantime, preparations continue for the White Ferns. 

The team is hopeful - but realistic - about the possibilities. 

"I'm not actually going to hold my breath" says batsman Katie Perkins. "I think clarity is good, but things change on the daily at the moment. 

"You only have to look across the Tasman and see it's not a joke and it can come back faster than you think."

The Blackcaps are all too aware of that. 

They were hoping to head to Australia for the T20 World Cup in October. 

With that tournament postponed overnight, Trent Boult's one of half a dozen contracted Kiwis hoping the lucrative Indian Premier League can fill the gap. 

"I've got a meeting in a couple of days to see what happens there," Boult says. 

"But I think they were waiting for this decision of the world cup to be postponed or cancelled, and then they were looking to make that decision."

There's certainly plenty on the line for both our men's and women's cricketers, with more big calls to be made in the coming weeks.

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