ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier schedule announced

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Dubai, Jan 16 (UNI) The ICC today announced the schedule for the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier event which will take place in Stellenbosch, South Africa from February 18 to 24.

Besides defending champion Australia, who will host the ICC Women's World Cup next year, India, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the West Indies have earned automatic qualification following their top-six finish in the last edition in 2005.

Apart from hosts South Africa, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Bermuda, Ireland, Pakistan, Scotland and the Netherlands will vie for the two remaining available slots.

The eight teams have been divided into two pools with South Africa, Netherlands, Bermuda and Papua New Guinea forming Pool A, while Pool B will comprise of Ireland, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Scotland.

The top two teams from each pool will qualify for the semi-finals and the winners of those matches will lock horns in the final on February 24 full in the knowledge that they have already qualified for the big one in Australia next year.

POOLS : Pool A: South Africa, Netherlands, Bermuda, Papua New Guinea (PNG) Pool B: Ireland, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland UNI XC AB RKM RS2151

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