The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 is all set to begin n November 21 in Zimbabwe, with eight of the ten nations competing on the first day. The competition will end on December 5 and determine the three remaining berths for the ODI World Cup in New Zealand next year.
The Qualifier, which features 29 matches, will not include a knockout stage. The ten teams are split into two groups, with the top three teams from each group advancing to the Super Six round.
Group A teams: West Indies, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands
Group B teams: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Zimbabwe, USA
The points earned in the group stage will be carried over to the Super Six, which starts on December 1. The Super Six’s top three teams will qualify for the World Cup, which will be held in March and April.
Aside from the hosts, Australia, England, South Africa, and India are the other teams who have qualified for the World Cup without going through the qualifying process. The Super Six’s top five teams will also qualify for the next ICC Women’s Championship, which has been increased from eight to ten teams.
Following the warm-up matches on November 19, the Qualifier matches will be held at four venues: Old Hararians, Harare Sports Club, Sunrise Cricket Club, and Takashinga Cricket Club.
The Zimbabwe ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 tournament is significant on the calendar because it will determine three qualifiers for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, which will be held in New Zealand from March 4 to April 3, 2022. It will join five teams that have already qualified through the ICC Women’s Championship: Australia, England, India, South Africa, and hosts New Zealand.
The Qualifier was meant to take place in July 2020 in Sri Lanka, however, it was postponed due to COVID-19, along with the main competition, which was slated to take place in February-March 2021.