Bangladesh women’s cricket team has reached the ICC Women’s One Day International Cricket World Cup for the first time.
The International Cricket Council on Saturday called off the ongoing World Cup Qualifier 2021 in Harare due to the introduction of travel restrictions from a number of African countries, including the host country Zimbabwe, following the breakout of a new Covid-19 variant in southern Africa.
The qualification slots were decided by team ranking, meaning that Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will progress, according to a statement from the ICC. Sri Lanka and Ireland occupy the other two slots.
“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 ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley in a media release.
"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.
Tigresses started well in the qualifiers, taking the first match against Pakistan by 3 wickets. They then thrashed the US by 270 runs, with Sharmin Akhter scoring Bangladesh’s first ever century with the bat.
But the team stumbled in their third game with a surprise loss to Thailand.
The teams that have qualified for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 to be held in New Zealand from March 4 to April 3 are Australia, England, India, South Africa, New Zealand (hosts), Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh.