The Pakistan women’s team has qualified for the upcoming ICC Women’s ODI Cricket World Cup after the tournament’s qualifiers were cancelled due to the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant known as ‘Omicron.’
The qualifiers in Zimbabwe had to be cancelled after the new COVID-19 variant struck Southern Africa, including the host country, Zimbabwe. The International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to cancel the qualifiers because the teams competing would not have been able to return home due to travel restrictions.
“We are incredibly disappointed to have to cancel the remainder of this event,” said ICC’s head of events Chris Tetley, “but with travel restrictions from a number of African countries being imposed at such short notice, there was a serious risk that teams would be unable to return home.”
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Pakistan, along with the West Indies and Bangladesh, will advance to the Women’s World Cup due to their higher ranking than their competitors. Sri Lanka and Ireland have also qualified for other ICC Women’s Championship slots for the 2022-25 cycle.
The qualifiers were in full swing when the tournament was cancelled after six members of Sri Lanka’s squad tested positive for COVID-19. Pakistan had two victories in three matches, defeating Zimbabwe and Thailand.