The Indian women’s cricket team has been clubbed alongside Sri Lanka among others for next month’s ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers from where top four sides would make the cut for tournament-proper in June.
The tournament will run from January 7 to 21 at four Colombo venues and the sides finishing in the top four of the Super Six stage will join defending champion Australia, host England, former winner New Zealand and reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies in the World Cup from June 26 to July 23.
Asian champion and former World Cup finalist India leads Group A which also includes Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand, while South Africa heads Group B which comprises Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Each side will play four matches in the first round, following which the top three sides from each group will progress to the Super Six stage, while also carrying forward points they earn against teams which have progressed to the Super Six stage from their group. The top four sides from the Super Six stage, in which each side will play three matches against teams from the other group, will complete the eight-team line-up for the World Cup 2017.
Holly Colvin, ICC’s Women’s Cricket Officer and a World Cup winner with England in 2009, said: “This is an extremely important event on the women’s cricket calendar as it offers a final opportunity to the sides to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup, which is the ultimate event for any cricketer.”
“The top four sides from the Super Six stage will not only qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, but they will also secure places in the next edition of the ICC Women’s Championship.” she added.
Group A: India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand
Group B: South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea
India’s matches in first round
7 February: Sri Lanka vs India
8 February: India vs Thailand
10 February: India vs Ireland
13 February: Zimbabwe vs India