ICC women’s qualifiers

Southern Brave men’s team and Oval Invincibles women’s team celebrate after winning the Hundred Final tournament over the weekend at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. – Reuters

THE International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 will be held in Zimbabwe from Nov 21 to Dec 5.

The schedule for the 10-team tournament, which will be announced in due course, decides three qualifiers for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 to be held in New Zealand from March 4 to April 3, joining the five teams who have already qualified through the ICC Women’s Championship –- Australia, England, India, South Africa and hosts New Zealand.

The three teams as well as the next two will secure places in the next ICC Women’s Championship along with the top five from the last time, as the number goes up from eight to 10 teams.

The teams that will be in action in Zimbabwe in the fifth edition of the tournament are Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

ICC head of events Chris Tetley said: “The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier is an extremely important event in our calendar as it not only gives teams a chance to qualify for the World Cup, but will also determine the final two participants in the next edition of the ICC Women’s Championship.

“I’m sure Harare will be witness to some keenly contested matches.

“We thank Zimbabwe Cricket for agreeing to host the tournament and wish all the teams the best in their preparations for this important tournament.”

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said: “I believe being granted the right to host this tournament is a vote of confidence in what we as ZC are doing and what we are hoping to do.”

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