Zimbabwean women seek ICC glory

Zimbabwe face Pakistan in the 2014 ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers’ Group A match in Dublin today, hunting for a victory that will boost their chances of grabbing one of the three available tickets to the global showdown in Bangladesh.

Coach Nkululeko Nkala said his team was prepared for the challenge as they bid to take part in the global extravaganza.

“Our training went well and I believe the women will implement what we worked on during practise because that will be very crucial in this competition,” he said.

A total of eight teams are battling it out for the three tickets to Bangladesh and Nkala’s team will have to compete against Canada, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand as they bid to join Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies for the World T20.

The showdown begins on March 16 and will take place alongside the men’s event. According to the previous format, only the winner of the qualifying competition would progress to the World Cup, but following a decision made at the ICC annual conference in London last month, the runner-up and the winner of the playoff for third place will also qualify for the tournament in Bangladesh, taking the total number of participants to ten.

The change was the ICC’s move in promoting women’s cricket across the globe.

Zimbabwe Team

Ashley Burddet (captain), Loreen Tshuma, Chipo Mugeri, Sharne Meyers, Ashley Ndiraya, Precious Marange, Nonhlanhla Nyathi, Thandolwenkosi Mlilo, Christabel Chatonzwa, Pellagia Mujaji, Sharyce Saili, Tasmeen Granger, Mary-Anne Musonda, Susan Kudzibatira, Esther Mbofana. Mluleki Nkala(coach), Caroline Nyamande (manager).

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