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ICC abandons Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns in Zimbabwe

"Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will now qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 by virtue of their rankings," ICC confirmed.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 27 November 2021 6:21 pm

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  • Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will now qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 by virtue of their rankings.

Due to COVID-19 concerns in Zimbabwe, ICC has taken the decisive step to abandon the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021. After 9 matches had been conducted in the tournament, the next two matches kicked off on time on Saturday. However, match 12 between West Indies and Sri Lanka could not begin with a member from Sri Lanka’s support staff testing positive for COVID-19.

As a result of the development on Saturday and considering the growing concerns around the virus in that part of world, the cricket governing council opted to cancel the tournament mid-way to ensure safety of players.

Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies will now qualify for mega event

“We are incredibly disappointed to have to cancel the remainder of this event but with travel restrictions from a number of African countries being imposed at such short notice, there was a serious risk that teams would be unable to return home,” said Chris Tetley, the ICC Head of Events.

“We have explored a number of options to allow us to complete the event but it isn’t feasible and we will fly the teams out of Zimbabwe as soon as possible. Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will now qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 by virtue of their rankings, whilst Sri Lanka and Ireland will also join them in the next cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship,” he added.

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