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The global cricket event for women is organized and ready to originate and the Women`s cricket team of Pakistan is all set to travel for the forthcoming play-offs competition starting from 21st November 2021 at Harare Zimbabwe. The tournament is a qualifier for the Women`s World Cup scheduled in 2022. The matches played will be 50 over a game. Nine teams will compete in 25 matches excluding Papua New Guinea as they are standoffish from the tournament after most of the sportswomen get affected by Covid. Three teams from the mountaintops will be entitled to play in the women`s world cup next year to be held in New Zealand.
New Zealand is the host of the Women’s World Cup 2022 and already qualified for the event, accompanying Australia, England, India, and South Africa. The rest of the teams will play qualifiers.
Three topmost teams from each group will reach stage Super 6, and they will carry forward their stage 1 points to the super 6 stages. The three top most from super 6 will be eligible to play in the women`s cricket world cup 2022.
Women’s World Cup: Pakistan’s path to qualify
Pakistan team needs to put some extraordinary efforts to stay unbeaten in most of the crucial matches maintaining their position in the top three teams, hence making them eligible to qualify for the women`s world cup 2022.
Pakistan will play with Bangladesh, Thailand, Zimbabwe, and the USA in stage 1 and it will be obligatory to win at least 3 matches out of 4 to get their spot confirmed at super 6. If the Pakistani squad manages to win all four matches from stage 1, it would be a surplus point, and qualifying for the women`s world cup will be a contended target for them.
Pakistan-West Indies Series in National Stadium, Karachi
Three matches one-day international series between Pakistan and West Indies was held at National Stadium, Karachi at the beginning of November. The series was prodigious to promote Women`s cricket in Pakistan. Moreover, the tournament provides quality time to get groomed for ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. However, team West Indies under the captaincy of Stafanie Taylor creates history by playing professionally and defeating Pakistan with 3-0 in the series. Prior to this event, a women`s one-day event was held at National Stadium Karachi to provide an opportunity to play and practice more.
Present-day situation of Women`s Pakistan Cricket team
Winning only 50 one-day international matches out of 173 marked them as a weak team in international cricket. 8 encounter games were held this year and the Pakistan Women team won merely 2 of them. However, the team`s encounter with the West Indies Women team turns out rewarding as Pakistan won via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Nevertheless, the Pakistan team has some brilliant players like Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar, and Jaweria Khan who can perform dazzlingly to help Pakistan qualify for the women`s world cup.
Javeria Khan: The captain of Pakistan`s women’s cricket team is an all-rounder player. She has slashed 2777 runs in 111 one-day international matches played so far with an excellent strike rate. She can also be entitled as a worthy captain with good leadership qualities.
Nashra Sandhu: a left-arm leg spinner marked the economic rate of 4.29 in 38 matches played since 2017. Her ICC bowling rank is 22. She can be a game-changer in challenging situations.
Nida Dar: is an excellent addition to the team as an all-rounder player. She has picked 73 wickets in 82 one-day international matches and slashed the score of 1186 runs. Her excellent all-rounder performance makes her eligible to get the topmost rating in Pakistan`s team.
Women’s World Cup: Tournament Schedule
Scroll down to view the schedule of all the nine teams playing in the ICC Women`s World Cup qualifier 2021:
|Match No.||Date||Match Centers||Venue|
|1||21-11-2021||Pakistan vs Bangladesh||Old Hararians|
|2||21-11-2021||Thailand vs Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club|
|3||23-11-2021||West Indies vs Ireland||Old Hararians|
|4||23-11-2021||Netherlands vs Sri Lanka||Harare Sports Club|
|5||23-11-2021||Pakistan vs Thailand||Sunrise Cricket Club|
|6||23-11-2021||Bangladesh vs U.S.A||Takashinga Cricket Club|
|7||25-11-2021||Ireland vs Netherland||Old Hararians|
|8||25-11-2021||Bangladesh vs Thailand||Harare Sports Club|
|9||25-11-2021||Zimbabwe vs U.S.A||Takashinga Cricket Club|
|10||27-11-2021||Sri Lanka vs West Indies||Old Hararians|
|11||27-11-2021||Pakistan vs Zimbabwe||Sunrise Cricket Club|
|12||27-11-2021||U.S.A vs Thailand||Takashinga Cricket Club|
|13||29-11-2021||Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe||Old Hararians|
|14||29-11-2021||Pakistan vs U.S.A||Harare Sports Club|
|15||29-11-2021||West Indies vs Netherlands||Sunrise Cricket Club|
|16||29-11-2021||Sri Lanka vs Ireland||Takashinga Cricket Club|
|17||01-12-2021||Super 6 Match 17||Old Hararians|
|18||01-12-2021||Super 6 Match 18||Harare Sports Club|
|19||01-12-2021||Super 6 Match 19||Sunrise Cricket Club|
|20||03-12-2021||Super 6 Match 20||Old Hararians|
|21||03-12-2021||Super 6 Match 21||Harare Sports Club|
|22||03-12-2021||Super 6 Match 22||Sunrise Cricket Club|
|23||05-12-2021||Super 6 Match 23||Old Hararians|
|24||05-12-2021||Super 6 Match 24||Harare Sports Club|
|25||05-12-2021||Super 6 Match 25||Sunrise Cricket Club|
The top three teams from each group will then progress to Super 6s with their points carried forward. Nine matches will be played in the Super 6 round, where the top three will qualify for the 2022 Women’s World Cup.
Written by Zeenat Shahid