Defending champions Bangladesh will play Papua New Guinea while 2018 runners up Ireland will take on Namibia on the opening day of the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in Scotland from 31 August to 7 September.

The tournament, which decides the two qualifiers for the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, will also see Scotland take on the USA and Thailand fight it out with the Netherlands, as all eight teams play on the opening day at the two venues – Forfarshire CC in Dundee and Arbroath CC.

Namibia were named as the replacement for Zimbabwe, having finished second in the Africa regional qualifiers earlier this year, while the Netherlands (Europe), Papua New Guinea (East Asia-Pacific), Thailand (Asia) and the USA (Americas) made it after winning their respective qualifying events. Scotland qualified as hosts.

The eight teams are divided in two groups to decide the semifinalists, with the winners of the two semifinals ensuring a place at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in the Australian cities of Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from 21 February to 8 March next year.

Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and the USA form Group A, while Group B consists of Ireland, Thailand, Namibia and the Netherlands.

Both semifinals and the final will be played at Forfarshire CC.

Warm-up Matches
29 August: Ireland v PNG (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 10h00) Bangladesh v Netherlands (Arbroath Sports Club, 10h00) Scotland v Namibia (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 14h00) Thailand v USA (Arbroath Sports Club 14h00)

Tournament Matches

31 August: Bangladesh v PNG (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 10h00) Thailand v Netherlands (Arbroath Sports Club, 10h00) Scotland v USA (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 14h00) Namibia v Ireland (Arbroath Sports Club 14h00)

1 September: Thailand v Namibia (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 10h00) Scotland v PNG (Arbroath Sports Club, 10h00) Ireland v Netherlands (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 14h00) USA v Bangladesh (Arbroath Sports Club 14h00)

3 September: Ireland v Thailand (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 10h00) Netherlands v Namibia (Arbroath Sports Club, 10h00) Scotland v Bangladesh (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 14h00) PNG v USA (Arbroath Sports Club 14h00)

5 September: A1 v B2 (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 10h00) B3 v A4 (Arbroath Sports Club, 10h00) B1 v A2 (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 14h00) A3 v B4 (Arbroath Sports Club 14h00)

7 September: 3rd v 4th Place Play-Off (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 10h00) 7th v 8th Place Play-Off (Arbroath Sports Club, 10h00) Final (Forfarshire Cricket Club, 14h00) 5th v 6th Place Play-Off (Arbroath Sports Club 14h00)