The decision by the ICC to abandon the ongoing Women's World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe means that although Ireland miss out on the chance to play in the World Cup, they do have the consolation of a place in the Women's Championship.

With the cancellation of the competition, the three World Cup places based on rankings go to Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh.

Ireland and Sri Lanka get the additional two places in the extended ten-team Women's Championship which gets under way next summer after the World Cup in New Zealand which runs from March 4th to April 3rd.

This means Ireland Women will have at least a guaranteed 27 ODI's against the top teams in the world between 2022 and 2025.

Spare a thought for Thailand, who had earlier this week beaten Bangladesh and would have fancied their chances of qualification if given the chance.


World Cup 2022:
Australia, England, India, South Africa, New Zealand (hosts), Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh.

Women’s Championship (from 2022-2025):
Australia, England, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ireland.