New rules implemented for women’s world cup, teams allowed to play with nine players

Two substitute fielders will also be allowed during a 9 player game.

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The  Women’s 50-over World Cup 2022 is all set to start on March 4 in New Zealand. However, the officials are hoping that this mega-tournament in New Zealand takes place smoothly. One of the major barriers it is facing is the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thus, the cricket’s governing body has gone on to tweak the playing conditions. Matches in the tournament can now take place with just nine players. Several other contingency plans have been put in place just in case as well.

Two substitute fielders from the support staff will be allowed if the team is unable to field XI players. Matches will be rescheduled if required, and the schedule shall remain flexible. The teams will be allowed to have three more travelling reserves who will come into play if a few players test positive for COVID-19. Chris Tetley, who happens to be the Head of Events, drew light on their plans put in place to ensure that the WC takes place smoothly.

“From a COVID perspective, we need to be a little bit flexible, as far as the way in which we manage the game to take into account these unique circumstance. So firstly, we have allowed squads to increase in size. Whilst the official playing 15 is still set at 15 as would always have been the case, we’ve allowed squads to bring additional traveling reserves so that they can replace on a temporary basis, if needs be because of COVID, players in and out of the squad during the event,” said the Head of Events Chris Tetley as quoted by Sports Tiger.

In the meanwhile, he also stated that there will be unlimited Super Overs in case of a tie. Contrary to what happened during the Men’s ODI World Cup in 2019, teams will continue to play a Super Over until there is a clear winner.

“I guess I couldn’t talk about playing conditions in New Zealand without mentioning a Super Over, and we would have were it necessary unlimited Super Overs if we get to that point in the game. So we wouldn’t get to the boundaries countback that we experienced in 2019, so there will be a Super Over followed by another Super Over if we need to split the teams,” he added.

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