WI Women clinch WCup au­to­matic spot

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

DUBAI, UAE (CMC): WEST INDIES Women were breath­ing a huge sigh of relief af­ter earn­ing au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next year’s ICC 50-overs World Cup in Eng­land.

Their bid to be­come one of the four au­to­matic qual­i­fiers had been left in tat­ters fol­low­ing a hum­bling 3-0 white­wash to In­dia Women ear­lier this month, which left them fourth in the ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship af­ter their full com­ple­ment of 21 games.

The top four in the Cham­pi­onship gain au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

How­ever, they were in dan­ger of be­ing over­taken by In­dia Women, who were fifth on 19 points with three games re­main­ing, and need­ing to win just two of their re­main­ing games to clinch the fourth au­to­matic World Cup berth.

These re­main­ing games were ex­pected to be played against bit­ter po­lit­i­cal ri­vals Pak­istan Women by Oc­to­ber 31, but the games were never sched­uled.

The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil sub­se­quently ruled this week that In­dia Women had “for­feited each of the three matches they were due to play against Pak­istan in Round 6 of the ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship, and that the as­so­ci­ated points should be awarded to Pak­istan”.

“In ac­cor­dance with the ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship play­ing con­di­tions, In­dia shall be con­sid­ered to have scored zero runs in each of the 50 overs in each of the three matches and that its net run rate shall be ad­justed ac­cord­ingly,” the ICC said.

“The Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee was sen­si­tive to the cur­rent state of re­la­tions be­tween the na­tions of In­dia and Pak­istan, but con­cluded that the BCCI (In­dia Cricket Board) had not been able to es­tab­lish ‘ac­cept­able rea­sons’ for not par­tic­i­pat­ing in this series.”

Aus­tralia Women won the Women’s Cham­pi­onship with 36 points, with Eng­land Women sec­ond on 29 and New Zealand Women third on 26.

West Indies Women clinched fourth place with 22 points, avoid­ing the tricky 10team play­off in Sri Lanka next Fe­bru­ary, which will de­ter­mine the fi­nal four spots at the World Cup.

The show­piece bowls off from June 26 to July 23 next year.

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