September 25, 2022
Hurricane Fiona postpones first West Indies-New Zealand women’s ODI

A tropical storm, Hurricane Fiona, postponed the first women’s ODI between West Indies and New Zealand, which was to be played in Antigua on Friday.

Cricket West Indies announced that the second ODI, scheduled for September 18, will now be the first ODI of the series, with a date for the postponed game yet to be decided.

The storm has already caused widespread rainfall in Antigua, the site of all three ODIs and five T20Is on the tour, and is likely to reach its peak in Antigua and the Leeward Islands on Friday. It could also put the second ODI at risk if it causes residual damage on the island.

Both sides have indicated their intention to play this tour in full. While the storm would bring heavy winds and lightning to Antigua and the Leeward Islands, it is not believed to pose any safety threat to players.

The ODI series counts towards the women’s championship and final qualification for the 2025 ODI World Cup, while the T20I series serves as a preparation for the 2023 T20 World Cup in February. Neither side has played a match in the Women’s ODI Championship cycle so far.

This is the first series for West Indies where Hayley Matthews will lead the side, and the first since Deandra Dottin announced her sudden retirement last month. It will be West Indies’ first series in any format since they lost to eventual champions Australia in the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup in March earlier this year.

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