DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) plans to work in the future on the men’s and women’s calendars to avoid fixture clashes that can undermine events like the women’s World Cup, chief executive Geoff Allardice said on Monday.
The tournament, which begins in New Zealand on March 4, clashes with three major men’s series — Pakistan vs Australia, India vs Sri Lanka and England vs West Indies.
“Complementary fixtures between men’s and women’s events is something, in an ideal world, that we would love to have greater control over in terms of making sure there’s quality cricket on most days of the year,” Allardice told reporters.
“But in practice, issues on the ground in each country make that a challenge. Even Pakistan-Australia fixtures have moved by a day or two, as different arrangements come into force, so I don’t think it’ll impact interest in the women’s World Cup.
“But the way the men’s calendar and the women’s calendar interact is something we’re trying to work around a lot more closely in the future.” Allardice, who hailed the 2017 World Cup in England as a watershed moment for the women’s game for its attendance and overall audience figures, said he was not worried about a potential dip in the latest edition.
Stadiums will be limited to 10 per cent capacity for the opening stages of the tournament, while matches will be broadcast early in the morning in the Asian region, where the sport is popular.
“Attendance is going to be a little bit challenging with limitations. Hopefully, we’ll have the opportunity to get more people into the ground as the tournament unfolds,” Allardice said.