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Bangladesh, Ireland added to expanded Women’s Championship mix

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 26 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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The International Cricket Council on Wednesday included Bangladesh and Ireland in the next Women’s Championship mix for the first time and created a 10-team league for the qualification of the 2025 ICC Women’s World Cup.

It will be the maiden appearance for both Bangladesh and Ireland in such a league as in the previous two editions, only eight teams could take part in the 2014-16 and 2017-20 cycles respectively.

Bangladesh and Ireland advanced to the league for having better rankings in the format over recent years.

Their addition to the league will also enhance their international matches as according to the format, all the 10 teams will play eight three-match series each during the 2022-25 cycle comprising four home series and four away series which have been mutually agreed by the participating teams.

According to the schedule released by the ICC, Bangladesh will host India, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland while they will travel to New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

The hosts along with the five top placed teams will get direct entry to the Cricket World Cup from the league.

The remaining two teams will be identified through a global qualifier comprising six teams – the remaining four teams from the IWC and two others which will be selected according to the ODI rankings.

Meg Lanning, who led Australia to victories in the previous two editions of the ICC Women’s Championship, welcomed Bangladesh and Ireland to the competition.

“To have Bangladesh and Ireland involved, will not only be great for us to have the chance to play more cricket against them, but also to expose them to more cricket against the top nations. We want to see the women’s game as strong as possible and developing the next tier of nations is a big part of that,” she was quoted on the ICC website.

Bangladesh skipper Nigar Sultana Joty also expressed her satisfaction to be part of the league where they will get more international exposure in the coming years.

“Actually I’m very happy. I think it’s very good news for our team. Now we only get a few international matches to play but after the decision, we will get to play more matches. I think it will be very good for us to increase our experience,” Joty told The Daily Sun in an immediate reaction.

“We will get an advantage in the home series. But I think the main challenge will be to win matches abroad. I think our target will be to overcome the challenges and perform well in these series,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, the ICC also granted ODI status to five associate women’s teams - Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand and United States with immediate effect.