Cameron backs WI Women

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

KINGSTON (CMC): WEST INDIES Cricket Board (WICB) pres­i­dent Dave Cameron has backed the women’s side to eas­ily qual­ify for next year’s World Cup in Eng­land, de­spite their re­cent series loss to the hosts in the Caribbean.

Cameron told Line and Length Net­work that even though he be­lieved that the Stafanie Taylor-led unit would se­cure au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion, if they did not, a place in the eight-team tour­na­ment was still vir­tu­ally as­sured.

“I think they will qual­ify eas­ily,” Cameron said. And again, it’s a 10team (qual­i­fy­ing) tour­na­ment. There are eight teams play­ing now in the Women’s Cham­pi­onship, so I think we’ll qual­ify, but if we don’t au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify, then I can’t see us miss­ing out on the World Cup.

“I think they are very re­laxed in their ap­proach right now.”

West Indies Women cur­rently sit third in the ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship, the on­go­ing com­pe­ti­tion that will de­ter­mine the four au­to­matic qual­i­fiers for the 50-overs World Cup, which runs from June 26 to July 23, 2017.

The re­main­ing four spots will be de­ter­mined by a 10-team qual­i­fier in Fe­bru­ary next year.

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