The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Thursday that Zimbabwe will host the Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2021 from November 21 to December 5.
The 10-team competition, whose schedule will be released soon, will determine the three qualifiers for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022; which will be contested in New Zealand from March 4 to April 3 of that year.
They will join five teams who have already qualified through the ICC Women’s Championship; Australia, England, India, South Africa and hosts New Zealand.
The top five teams from the previous cycle, as well as the three qualifiers and the next two best-place teams, will guaranteed spots in the next ICC Women’s Championship, as the number of teams in the third cycle of the IWC increases from eight to ten.
“The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier is an extremely important event in our calendar. As it not only provides teams with 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”. ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said in an ICC release.
“I’m sure Harare will be witness to some keenly contested matches. I thank Zimbabwe Cricket for agreeing to host the tournament and wish teams all the best in their preparations for this important event.”
Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand; the United States, the West Indies, and also Zimbabwe will compete in the fifth edition of the tournament.
Zimbabwe Cricket expresses it’s gratitude
Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said: “Firstly, I wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the ICC board for their magnanimous gesture in allowing us the privilege of hosting the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021.
“On our part, we will leave no stone unturned to ensure this prestigious global event stands out as a unique event that celebrates Zimbabwe in all its magnificent splendour, richness, vibrancy, diversity and glory.”
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