Threat of Tropical Storm forces postponement of Windies/New Zealand ODI

Friday's first One Day International (ODI) match between the West Indies women and New Zealand in Antigua has been postponed as a result of the threat of Tropical Storm Fiona.

Forecasters say Fiona is likely to pass over Antigua and the Leeward Islands on Friday.

In a release on Thursday afternoon, Cricket West Indies (CWI)  announced that the regional governing body in conjunction with the New Zealand Cricket  agreed to the postponement.

Both bodies will confirm the rescheduled date and any implications for dates in the eight match itinerary featuring three ODIs and five T20 internationals.

A decision will also be made on the second ODI scheduled for this Sunday, subject to the storm's impact.

CWI says both teams want to ensure that, if possible, the full eight-match series can be played, since points won in the ODI  series contribute towards the new ICC Women's Championship.

The championship provides a direct pathway to qualification for the 2025 World Cup. The T20 international series plays a key role in both teams' preparations for next year's T20 World Cup.

The series against New Zealand is the West Indies first home international cricket since September 2021.

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