India qualify for 2021 Women’s World Cup after ICC splits points from unplayed Pakistan series


India have certified for the 2021 Women’s World Cup following a choice by the ICC’s technical committee to separate points for an ICC Women’s Championship series towards Pakistan that went unplayed. That series was initially scheduled to happen between July and November 2019, however it didn’t go forward, in a local weather of political tensions between the 2 neighbouring nations.

The ICC has additionally determined to separate points for the South Africa-Australia and Sri Lanka-New Zealand series which have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“With respect to the India v Pakistan series, the TC (technical committee) concluded that the series couldn’t be performed due to a Force Majeure occasion after the BCCI demonstrated that it was unable to acquire the required authorities clearances to permit India to take part within the bilateral series towards Pakistan, which kinds part of the ICC Women’s Championship,” the ICC mentioned within the media launch on Wednesday.

The technical committee contains Geoff Allardice (ICC normal supervisor of cricket), Chris Tetley (ICC head of occasions) and Jonathan Hall (ICC normal counsel).

Faced with an analogous situation in 2016, the ICC’s technical committee had awarded Pakistan full points for a equally unplayed series towards India. On this event, there was one distinction that prompted the ICC to separate points.

In 2016 the BCCI had neither responded in writing nor offered any rationalization about why they might not play Pakistan. The technical committee therefore went forward and awarded full points to Pakistan.

This time round, the BCCI engaged with the ICC early on on this spherical of the Women’s Championship, making its stand clear about why it couldn’t play Pakistan within the ODI series scheduled in 2019. ESPNcricinfo understands the BCCI made in depth submissions as early as 2018 demonstrating that it couldn’t get the related permission from the Indian authorities to play Pakistan. That helped the ICC’s technical committee to invoke the power majeure clause on this event.

Due to the splitting of points (three to India, three to Pakistan), India qualify because the fourth-placed group on the ICC Women’s Championship desk with 23 points, behind Australia (37), England (29) and South Africa (25). Had all six points gone to Pakistan, they might have certified with 22 points, forward of India with 20.

Pakistan as an alternative end with 19 points, simply above sixth-placed New Zealand (17), who qualify for the World Cup robotically as hosts. West Indies (13) and Sri Lanka (5) deliver up the underside two spots.

The remaining three locations on the World Cup are as a result of be determined in July’s qualifying occasion in Sri Lanka, although the ICC confirmed that the dates for the match are “under review” on account of the pandemic.

The groups competing in that qualifier can be Pakistan, West Indies and Sri Lanka (by the ICC Championship), Bangladesh and Ireland (by their ODI standing), and the winners of the 5 regional qualifying tournaments: Thailand, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, USA and Netherlands.

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