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Storm Fiona causes postponement of first West Indies-New Zealand women’s ODI

A tropical storm, Storm Fiona, has prompted the primary ladies’s ODI between West Indies and New Zealand, which was to be performed in Antigua on Friday, to be postponed.

Cricket West Indies introduced that the second ODI, scheduled for September 18, will now change into the primary ODI of the collection, with a date for the postponed sport but to be finalised.

The storm has already prompted in depth showers in Antigua, the venue for all three ODIs and 5 T20Is on the tour, and is prone to attain its peak over Antigua and the Leeward Islands on Friday. It might additionally put the second ODI in danger if it causes residual injury on the island.

Either side have indicated their intentions to play the tour in its entirety. Whereas the storm will carry heavy winds and lightning to Antigua and the Leeward Islands, it’s not believed to pose any security threat to the gamers.

The ODI collection counts in direction of the Girls’s Championship and eventual qualification for the 2025 ODI World Cup, whereas the T20I collection serves as preparation for the 2023 T20 World Cup in February. Neither aspect has performed a sport within the ladies’s ODI Championship cycle to date.

It’s the first collection for West Indies the place Hayley Matthews will lead the aspect, and the primary since Deandra Dottin introduced her sudden retirement final month. Will probably be West Indies’ first collection in any format since they misplaced the semi-final to eventual champions Australia within the ODI World Cup in March earlier this yr.

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