West Indies – New Zealand ODI series start delayed by tropical storm

The start of the West Indies-New Zealand series has been delayed.

The 1st ODI between West Indies and New Zealand on September 16 has been postponed due to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Fiona in Antigua.

 

The storm, which has already caused extensive showers in Antigua, is likely to reach its peak over Antigua and the Leeward Islands on Friday (local time) meaning no play will be possible.

 

The second ODI due to take place on Sunday 18 September is still set to go ahead, however the match could also be at risk if Tropical Storm Fiona causes any residual damages in Antigua.

 

Both sides have confirmed their intention to complete the full tour and will discuss rescheduling matches to accommodate postponed matches. Sunday’s match, originally scheduled to be ODI 2, will now be played as ODI 1.

 

Both the ODI and T20 series carry particular importance for the teams. The ODI series counts towards the ICC Women’s Championship and eventual qualification for the 2025 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, while the T20 series provides important preparation for the 2023 ICC T20 World Cup in February.

 

Tropical storm Fiona is predicted to bring lightning and heavy winds but will pose no safety risks to the players.