Amidst the gloomy atmosphere in the country due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the Indian women cricket team have just brought in a news of joy for the cricketing fans. The team has just qualified for the 2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, based on their performance in the ICC Women’s Championship, as it was officially confirmed by the International Cricket Council today.
India’s berth into the 12th edition of the tournament was sealed after a confirmation came from ICC today that all the bilateral series that didn’t take place following the 2017 World Cup will see the teams share the points.
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India, having played 21 matches since the last World Cup, and secured 23 points out of 10 wins, including sharing points with Pakistan for the India-Pakistan series which was supposed to take place between July and November 2019, but was met with cancellation.
“In respect of the India v Pakistan series, the Technical Committee concluded the series could not be played because of a Force Majeure event after the BCCI demonstrated that it was unable to obtain the necessary government clearances to allow India to participate in the bilateral series against Pakistan that forms part of the ICC Women’s Championship,” an official statement was quoted by India Today.
The Coronavirus crisis also led to the cancellation of the South African vs Australia series, and the Sri Lanka vs New Zealand series, all teams which shared points in the championship table.
The Women in Blue now ranks 4th in the table, behind Australia (37 points), England (29) and South Africa (25), all of whom have already qualified, along with the hosts New Zealand, who are 6th with 17 points.
The Indian women lost the 2017 final against the hosts England, who lifted their fourth world cup trophy. This will be the Women in Blue’s tenth World Cup entry.
The World Cup qualifiers, which will see its hosts Sri Lanka, West Indies and Pakistan compete with Bangladesh, Ireland, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea United States of America and Netherlands, is scheduled to take place in July later this year.
However, the possibility of qualifiers happening is under observation due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, a statement added.