Zimbabwe brace for tough ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

Zimbabwe will face Ireland in their first group match at the ICC Women s World Cup Qualifier 2017 scheduled for February in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ten sides will compete in the qualifier tournament in their quest to claim four remaining places in the event proper to be staged in England from 26 June to 23 July 2017. After playing Ireland at the Mercantile Cricket Association ground on 7 February, Zimbabwe will take on Thailand three days later in their next Group A assignment at the same venue. On 11 February, Zimbabwe and the hosts Sri Lanka will battle it out at the Nondescripts Cricket Club, before Zimbabwe play their last group match against India at the P Sara Stadium two days later.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will first face Scotland at Colombo Cricket Club in a warm-up match before the onset of the first round. Group B comprises South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea. Each side will play four matches in the first round, following which the top three sides from each group will progress to the Super Six stage, while also carrying forward points they earn against sides which have progressed to the Super Six stage from their group.

ICC Women s World Cup Qualifier 2017 schedule announced

The top four sides from the Super Six stage, in which each side will play three matches against teams from the other group, will complete the eight-team line-up for the ICC Women s World Cup 2017, while the top two sides will battle out for the title in the 21 February final. Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies have qualified automatically after finishing in the top four of the ICC Women s Championship.

Zimbabwe s Group A fixtures

Ireland v Zimbabwe 7 February 2017 Mercantile Cricket Association
Thailand v Zimbabwe 10 February 2017 Mercantile Cricket Association
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe 11 February 2017 Nondescripts Cricket Club
Zimbabwe v India 13 February 2017 P Sara Stadium