Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - New Covid-19 variant forces abandonment of Women's World Cup qualifier. Pakistan will now feature in the World Cup next year in New Zealand.
Pakistan will now feature in the World Cup next year in New Zealand.
Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies have progressed to the 2022 Women's World Cup in New Zealand after the nine-team qualifying tournament in Harare was called off.
The decision follows fresh travel restrictions after discovery of a new Covid variant in southern Africa. A member of the Sri Lanka team support staff also tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result the fixture between the West Indies and Sri Lanka couldn't go ahead on Saturday (November 27). The qualifying teams were thus decided according to team rankings in accordance with the tournament playing conditions, the ICC said.
The decision was taken during the preliminary league phase of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021, which was set to decide the final three qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup as well as two additional teams for the next cycle of the ICC Women's Championship.
The number of teams in the third cycle of the ICC Women's Championship (from 2022-2025) has been increased from 8 to 10, and these teams will be Australia, England, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ireland.
“We are incredibly disappointed to have to cancel the remainder of this event but with travel restrictions from a number of African countries being imposed at such short notice there was a serious risk that teams would be unable to return home,” ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said.
“We have explored a number of options to allow us to complete the event but it isn't feasible and we will fly the teams out of Zimbabwe as soon as possible. Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will now qualify for the ICC Women's World Cup 2022 by virtue of their rankings, whilst Sri Lanka and Ireland will also join them in the next cycle of the ICC Women's Championship.”