ICC explains women’s absence

Zimbabwe cricket team’s woeful performance at the 2011 Women Cricket World Cup Qualifiers saw them fail to make ODI status.

The team finished without a point in the tournament after defeats to South Africa, Netherlands and the United States. They resultantly failed to qualify for the 2013 World Cup, scheduled for India. The poor sun also saw the team fail to make the Reliance Mobile Women’s One Day International rankings, released last week.

“Zimbabwe women are not an ODI-status side,” said Lucy Benjamin, an ICC spokesperson. “In women’s cricket, there are 10 ODI-qualified teams and those outside of the top-10 play 50-over cricket and not ODIs.”

The West Indies were this past weekend crowned as champions of the World Cup Qualifier, following a 130 run-win over Pakistan.

They also rose in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings to occupy fifth position. Runners-up Pakistan are a step below.

England remain the highest-ranked side, followed by Australia, India, New Zealand and West Indies in the top five. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Bangladesh and Ireland complete the top 10.

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