Dubai, July 16: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced a revised schedule for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier, to be staged in Dublin, Ireland from July 23 to 31. The event will now see three teams advancing to the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh.
The eight-team tournament is the final step in a global qualification pathway to the ICC World Twenty20 2014. Following an ICC Board decision during the ICC annual conference week in London in June, three teams from the Ireland event will progress to Bangladesh instead of one.
As a result, it is not just the tournament winner, but also the runner-up and the winner of the third-fourth place play-off that will progress to the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.
To reflect the changed qualification structure, the tournament schedule has also been amended, with the primary change being the replacement of the Super Four stage with two semi-finals.
The three qualifying teams will join Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies in the 2014 tournament, which will be staged from 16 March to 6 April 2014. The ICC Women's World Twenty20 2014 will now be a 10-team tournament, and will again be held alongside the men's event.
The teams participating in the Dublin tournament are Canada, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zimbabwe.
The decision to expand the qualification process for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 is part of the continued promotion and support of women's cricket, with the recently announced event cycle including four ICC World Twenty20 events and two World Cups between 2015 and 2023.
Group A - Pakistan (1), Netherlands (4), Thailand (5), Zimbabwe (8)
Group B - Sri Lanka (2), Ireland (3), Canada (6), Japan (7)