Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo will host the 10-team ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier which will be staged from 7 to 21 February 2017.
tournament will see the bottom four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship (likely to be South Africa, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka), along with Bangladesh, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Scotland and
Zimbabwe go head to head for the four remaining spots in the ICC Women’s World
Cup in England from 26 June to 23 July 2017.
the ICC Women’s Championship, host Sri Lanka is certain to feature in the
qualifier, while the remaining three sides will be confirmed following the
final round of matches to be played in November.
sides in Colombo will be divided into two groups of five with the top three
from each progressing to the Super Six stage, thus securing One-Day
International (ODI) status until the next ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier. The top
four sides from the Super Six stage will qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup
2017, as well as for the next ICC Women’s Championship, while the top two sides
will contest the final on 21 February. As
many as 30 50-over matches will be played in the two-week tournament, which
will provide another opportunity for the women’s sides below the leading
nations to gain vital experience and exposure as well as to hone their skills
so that they are fully prepared and geared up for the ultimate event in women’s
Chief Executive David Richardson said the Colombo event will help the competing
sides narrow the gap with the top women’s sides. “Thanks
to the ICC Women’s Championship, women’s cricket has never been so strong and I
am confident that next year’s qualifying event will give further impetus to the
women’s game. “With
six teams currently battling for the three remaining automatic World Cup
qualification spots through the Women’s Championship, there are going to be
some big names going into the qualifying event. This
will create a highly competitive environment in Colombo and will also provide
the emerging sides with an opportunity to continue to narrow the gap with the
frontrunners and with a place at the World Cup at stake anything can happen
which will make for an exciting tournament."