The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday that the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 will take place in Zimbabwe from November 21 to December 5.
The 10-team tournament will determine the three qualifiers for next year’s women’s World Cup to be held in New Zealand from March 4 to April 3. The schedule of the tournament is yet to be announced. The three qualifiers of the Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier will join the five teams, which have already qualified through the ICC Women’s Championship – Australia, England, India, South Africa, and hosts New Zealand.
The three qualifiers along with the next two teams will also ensure places in the next ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) and join up with the top five from last time. The number of teams in the third cycle of the IWC will now total up to 10 teams instead of eight.
The fifth edition of the tournament will see Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, the West Indies, and Zimbabwe compete.
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 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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
“You can rest assured we will not disappoint. We will not disappoint the nation of Zimbabwe and we will not disappoint the game of cricket.”
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