The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifiers have been canceled due to the breakout of a new variant of COVID-19 in African countries.
The decision was made during the preliminary league stage of the nine-team tournament, which decided the final three qualifiers for the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, as well as two additional teams for the next cycle.
The qualifiers will now be decided on the basis of team rankings as set out in the tournament rules. Now Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies have qualified for the event in New Zealand.
Two of the three matches were scheduled for Saturday, with Zimbabwe playing Pakistan and the United States playing Thailand having started on schedule, but the third match of the day between the West Indies and Sri Lanka could not go through, as a player from Sri Lanka’s squad tested positive.