India Women have been clubbed with Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand in Group A. © ACA

India Women have been clubbed with Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand in Group A. © ACA

India Women have been clubbed with Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand in Group A for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017, starting from February 7.

Group B comprises South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea.

Four out of the ten sides participating the qualifier will earn a passage to the Women’s World Cup 2017, which will be played in the United Kingdom from June 26 to July 23.

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, which will see each team play three matches against teams from the other group.

The qualifier will be held at four venues in Colombo, and the sides finishing in the top four of the Super Six stage will join defending champions Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies in the World Cup to complete an eight-team line-up. The Super Six stage for the qualifier will begin on February 15, and the final will be held on February 21.

“This is an extremely important event on the women’s cricket calendar as it offers a final opportunity to the sides to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup, which is the ultimate event for any cricketer,” said Holly Colvin, the ICC Women’s Cricket Officer, on Monday (December 19).

“The top four sides from the Super Six stage will not only qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, but they will also secure places in the next edition of the ICC Women’s Championship. There is incentive for the remaining two sides from the Super Six stage, which will secure ODI status for the next four years.”

Groups:
Group A: India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand
Group B: South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea

Tournament fixtures (first round):
February 7: Sri Lanka v India; Ireland v Zimbabwe; South Africa v Pakistan; Zimbabwe v Scotland.
February 8: Pakistan v Bangladesh; Scotland v South Africa; Sri Lanka v Ireland; India v Thailand.
February 10: India v Ireland; Thailand v Zimbabwe.
February 11: South Africa v Bangladesh; Scotland v PNG; Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe; Ireland v Thailand.
February 13: Zimbabwe v India; Sri Lanka v Thailand; South Africa v PNG; Pakistan v Scotland.