NZ women’s cricket team regroup for first camp post lockdown

The New Zealand women’s cricket team regrouped for their first camp in Lincoln on Monday after coronavirus pandemic put a halt to sport in the country in March.

The social media handle of the White Ferns announced the news on social media and their post read: “We are back! Our 1st post lockdown camp is underway in Lincoln. Players from @cricketwgtn, @CanterburyCrick and @OtagoVolts are attending the first camp with @aucklandcricket, @ndcricket and @CDCricket players getting set for a camp next week at @BayOvalOfficial #CricketNation.”

It was also reported that men’s cricket team will also be taking to the field for the first time this week following coronavirus stoppage.

New Zealand have been one of the countries where COVID-19 hasn’t created havoc as compared to some of the other parts of the world.

According to worldometer, the country has seen 1544 confirmed cases thus far with 22 people losing their lives to the deadly virus.

The conditions seem to be apt in the country to resume the sport which has been suspended since a long time. Also, they can refer to the example set by England, which successfully hosted the first Test of #raisethebat series in Southampton.

Earlier, New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine had batted for innovations that, according to her, would help in getting more eyeballs to the women’s game.

She feels the traditional size of the cricket field shouldn’t be tinkered with, however, she did suggest changes with respect to the size of the ball.

“I think if we are stuck with traditional formats, we’d be missing out on a lot of new players, new kids, new athletes to the game,” Devine, who was New Zealand’s highest run-getter at this year’s T20 World Cup, was quoted as saying by ICC last month.

“So, I think it’s really an exciting idea to say that we might be able to encourage people along that make it tailored towards the female side of things.

“It’s always good to have a little trial and error and see what works. I’m probably a big fan of looking at a smaller ball, but keeping the pitch the same size, where I think pacers are going to be able to bowl quicker, spinners are going be able to turn the ball more,” she added.

“Hopefully, the ball should fly a bit further as well whereas still keeping the traditional length of the pitch.”