Home News Excitement as ICC Women's Asia Qualifier is announced

Excitement as ICC Women’s Asia Qualifier is announced

Isaac Lockett reports on the schedule for the 2021 ICC Women's Asia Qualifier which sees two new teams enter the race for qualification.

-

Following the announcement of the expansion of the ICC Women’s Qualifier Americas to include Argentina and Brazil, the World Cup news continues. Cricket Bhutan announced on their Facebook page that the ICC Women’s Asia Qualifier has been tentatively scheduled for the 16-25 September 2021 and is set to be hosted in Malaysia

As stated by Bhutan’s cricketing authority, the competition will see teams from Bhutan, Malaysia, UAE, Kuwait, China, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Nepal all compete for places at the ICC Women’s World Cup global qualifiers. However, one factor that remains unclear is how many qualification spots will be up for grabs during the competition. This is because the final number of qualification spots is still to be officially ratified and announced. 

The previous ICC Women’s Qualifier Asia was held in 2019 and was the competition that started Thailand’s qualification journey to their debut appearance at the Women’s World Cup during the 2020 edition of the tournament. Thailand both hosted and won the tournament, but the tournament was extremely close as the top three teams were only separated by four points, which equated to two wins. The Nepalese team finished second in the tournament with their only loss coming against the eventual winners so will be expecting another impressive tournament.

- Advertisement -

While Bhutan and Myanmar did not take part in the previous tournament, Cricket Bhutan’s CEO was positive about the changes of that country’s women’s team, also known as the Lady Dragons: 

“We have fulfilled the ICC criteria to compete in this event and we are proud to see our name in the participant’s list. Interestingly, we will be competing against nations that we have already played before and have won against some. We have a year to prepare and the result will be based on how we prepare. I hope our women’s will be delighted to hear the news and take up this  opportunity seriously.”

Thailand celebrate wicket against England during the World Cup

One interesting omission from the qualification list is Thailand, which has led some cricket fans into thinking that after their success at the World Cup that the country will go straight through to play at the global qualifiers. The changes being made to the Women’s World Cup pathway is exciting for many cricket fans as there is the hope that in time the increased competitive action will lead to both a more diverse Women’s World cup and help the development of players.     

You’re reading Emerging Cricket — brought to you by a passionate group of volunteers with a vision for cricket to be a truly global sport, and a mission to inspire passion to grow the game.

Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, please subscribe for regular updates, and follow EC on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and YouTube.

Don’t know where to start? Check out our features listcountry profiles, and subscribe to our podcast.

Support us from US$2 a month — and get exclusive benefits, by becoming an EC Patron.

Isaac Lockett
Isaac Lockett
Isaac has an undergraduate degree in sports psychology with a passion for the development of cricket into a completely global sport. He is furthering his academic study through the completion of a Masters degree in Sports Business Management and Policy which aims to further understand sporting globalisation.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest EC Podcast

Latest articles

Taichung Warriors win the 15th Taiwan Annual Cricket Cup

Taichung Warriors and the Taiwan Stars compete for the 15th Taiwan Annual Cricket Cup in Chiayi City on the 18th October 2020....

Italy: Kings XI, Brescia Vie for double honours

Kings XI CC and Brescia CC will contest both of Italy’s cup finals this weekend. Both teams have successfully qualified for the...

Vanuatu to host high performance T10 competition

Vanuatu Cricket has announced that it will host a new high performance domestic T10 tournament. This tournament will aim to build on...

USA name Kevin Darlington and Mujtaba as Youth Coaches

USA Cricket has announced the appointment of Kevin Darlington as Men's Youth Coach and Asia Mujtaba as Women's Youth Coach.

Support EC

Follow us

22,159FansLike
698FollowersFollow
5,911FollowersFollow
109SubscribersSubscribe

Subscribe

Sign up for weekly updates.