In the recently concluded virtual ceremony organized by Cricket South Africa, Laura Wolvaardt was the star of the show and emerged as pride for women playing cricket throughout the world.
In a recent report, the cricketer seems to have opened about the uncertainties surrounding the cricket world nowadays. She revealed that her side has invested a lot of their efforts in the past two years to prepare for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup scheduled in New Zealand in January next year. She, further, had the hope that pandemic will not hamper the coronavirus pandemic.
CSA has, however, installed a pause button on cricket for three months in March. Interestingly, Cricket was one of the sporting codes approved by the sports ministry and Laura adds that she misses the smell of grass and is eager and excited to return to training. She added that “I think as soon as we can start playing and getting back together again‚ it would be full steam towards (preparing for) that tournament”.
Laura is just-21-years-old and has been a member of the South African side for four years. There have been numerous speculations in the media around changes in the ICC calendar. The most eminent of these have been around IPL and BCCI’s desire to see the tournament in the world cup slot. On the reports indicating changes, Laura said “Nothing is going to change in our minds. We are still fully convinced it is going to happen and going to prepare for it as if it is happening in January”.
🏆 Laura Wolvaardt bagged several honors at CSA Annual Awards held virtually last Saturday night.
Congratulations Laura! Very well-deserved 😃👏 pic.twitter.com/vPM0ANJLVB
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) July 6, 2020
She was not only planning for 2021 but 2022 was in her mind too. She, as per HeraldLIVE, was looking ahead to have a go at 2022 Twenty20 World Cup. The tournament is scheduled in South Africa. Further, there is also the Commonwealth Games to be hosted in Birmingham‚ England‚ later in 2022 as well. She said that “I think it will be great to regroup again and discuss all the plans moving forward and continue with our ODI plans for the World Cup in January”. It has to be noted that women in the South African side had to face West Indies in May but the pandemic had different plans.
For women, cricket has seen unprecedented momentum in the recent past. It is wise of players to hope for the streak to be unbroken. More competitive matches will ensure more fans from all parts of the globe.