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India eyes to play all matches in Queenstown to reduce chances of COVID-19 outbreak

Indian, Six Sports

In a revised schedule by New Zealand Cricket, the Indian women’s cricket team will play all of their six matches against the hosts in Queenstown.

This has been done to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

All matches will now be played at John Davies Oval in Queenstown.

In the earlier schedule, the series was to commence with the single T20I to be played at McLean Park in Napier with the first ODI also to be played there after two days.

India eyes to play all matches in Queenstown to reduce chances of COVID-19 outbreak, Six Sports

This bilateral series is important for the Women in Blue as it will give them much-needed practice before the ICC Women’s World Cup.

The second venue originally scheduled to host the second and third ODIs was the Saxton Oval on February 14 and 16 and ultimately Queenstown would have hosted the final two ODIs of the series on February 22 and 24.

In other changes, New Zealand Cricket will put the South Africa men’s team at Christchurch where they will play both of their Tests against the hosts.

India eyes to play all matches in Queenstown to reduce chances of COVID-19 outbreak, Six Sports

Australian men’s team will be camping at Napier and will play all of their 3 T20Is there. Meanwhile, the Netherlands men’s team will be hosted at two venues, Mount Maunganui and Hamilton.

India eyes to play all matches in Queenstown to reduce chances of COVID-19 outbreak, Six Sports
India eyes to play all matches in Queenstown to reduce chances of COVID-19 outbreak, Six Sports

All the matches will be played on their scheduled days. All measures have been taken to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

According to David White, NZC’s chief executive,

India eyes to play all matches in Queenstown to reduce chances of COVID-19 outbreak, Six Sports

These risk mitigations are based on avoiding known Covid-19 hotspots, and include limiting air travel, limiting accomodation transfers and, essentially, operating in safer environments.

Adding further he said,

We know that the more domestic flights we have, and the more movement there is between hotels, the greater the chance of a match or even a series being put at risk.

NZC has also devised a system of multiple pods that will only allow up to 100 spectators to enjoy matches at the different grounds. This will be done in accordance with strict government guidelines.

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