India secured its place in the ICC Womens World Cup to be held in 2021 after the cancellation of the One Day Championship against Pakistan. The Indian team was not allowed by the government to play against its arch-rival. Matches between India and Pakistan were to be played between July and November last year. But it depended on getting approval from the government.
Due to the cancellation of the three-match series in both teams, equal points were distributed. The International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement, “In the context of the series between India and Pakistan, the Technical Committee reached the decision that the series could not be played due to some specific reasons. Because the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) said that it did not get government approval to play a bilateral series against Pakistan. This series was part of the ICC Women’s Championship.’
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It added, ‘The series between India and Pakistan was included in the sixth round of the competition, which was to be held between July and November 2019, but the series could not take place despite the best efforts of both the boards.’ This means that India, the runners-up in 2017, qualified for the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand.
Teams in India and Pakistan only play in ICC competitions due to diplomatic tensions between the two countries. In the ICC Women’s Championship between 2017 and 2020, all eight teams played a three-match series against each other. Host New Zealand and the next four teams topping the table qualified directly for this ODI tournament.
“Australia (37 points), England (29 points), South Africa (25 points) and now India (23 points) have qualified because of the top four positions,” the statement said. Pakistan (19), New Zealand (17), West Indies (13) and Sri Lanka (5) are the other teams included in this table.
Two other rounds of matches had to be canceled due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. South Africa had to host Australia, while Sri Lanka had to host New Zealand. Points will also be distributed in their case. The World Cup qualifiers are to be played in Sri Lanka from July 3 to 19, but now it depends on the condition of the coronavirus epidemic. Ten teams will compete for the remaining three places in the qualifiers.
Apart from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies, Bangladesh and Ireland having ODI status and winners of regional qualifiers team Thailand (Asia) Zimbabwe (Africa), Papua New Guinea (East Asia Pacific), America (American Region) and Netherlands (Europe) will take part in the Womens World Cup.
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