ICC Women's World T20 Qualifier Gets Underway

The ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier captains at Croke Park Stadium
©ICC / Ian Jacobs
The eight captains on the roof of Croke Park Stadium
©ICC / Ian Jacobs

The qualifying tournament for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2014 in Ireland is set to get underway with eight teams battling for three places at next year's main event.

The hosts are joined by Canada, Japan, Pakistan, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zimbabwe and the opening match of the tournament sees Ireland take on Japan.

"We have had some good preparation starting off with winter training at the beginning of the year in the indoor training facility focusing on Twenty20 cricket," Ireland captain Isobel Joyce said.

"Then leading into this tournament we have been playing lots of cricket and most recently against Pakistan.
"We are excited to play at home, it is growing as a game in the country and that’s a great thing for us, younger girls as well as boys can now see their team playing."

Sri Lanka open their campaign against Canada having missed out on direct qualification when they met India in last year's tournament in Sri Lanka. Captain Shashikala Siriwardene is hopeful they can make it second time lucky.

"It is really important to play in the next ICC World Twenty20, first up will be Canada we will do our best to get off to a good start and look to build momentum to take through the tournament," she said.

Pakistan, led by Sana Mir, also missed out on qualification when they were beaten by South Africa and Mir says: "We have been in Europe for the past month playing against England, Ireland and against domestic teams, so I feel we are very well prepared.

"Thailand are a very good team, we will try to bring our best performance onto the field and get a good start."

Other selected quotes from the captains:

Mikaela Turik, Canada captain: "We had a series against Scotland and Thailand to prepare us for the conditions here in Ireland.

Against Sri Lanka we are the underdog, but we are going to take every ball as it comes and hopefully get a good result."
Denise Hannema, Netherlands captain: "It’s been a hectic year including the ECB 50 Over matches and we have played a few Twenty20 warm ups.

"We will look at the opening match against Zimbabwe as any other game, play as best we can, we are looking forward to it."
Sornnarin Tippoch, Thailand captain: "It is a great opportunity for us to be here, we’ve been working really hard for the past 6 months.

"We are very excited to play Pakistan in the first match, we have played them before and gained good experience we can take into the game."
Ashley Burdette, Zimbabwe captain: "We got to play against South Africa before this event and learnt a lot from them, we can hopefully take a lot from that experience.

"Netherlands are a strong team and we will need to play our best cricket against them."
Mariko Yamamoto, Japan captain: "We have focused on our game and we are pleased with the way have prepared.

"Facing the hosts tomorrow we will look to take improvements into that match and get a good result."

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

23rd July: Ireland v Japan
IRE 170-1 beat JAP 53 by 117 runs
23rd July: Netherlands v Zimbabwe
NED 95-7 beat ZIM 92-9 by 3 runs
23rd July: Sri Lanka v Canada
SRI 47-1 beat CAN 44 by 9 wickets
23rd July: Pakistan v Thailand
PAK 145-6 beat THA 76-8 by 69 runs
25th July: Thailand v Netherlands
THA 85-4 beat NED 84-5 by 6 wickets
25th July: Canada v Ireland
IRE 146-7 beat CAN 69 by 77 runs
25th July: Zimbabwe v Pakistan
PAK 142-4 beat ZIM 70-9 by 72 runs
25th July: Japan v Sri Lanka
SRI 22-0 beat JAP 21 by 10 wickets
27th July: Thailand v Zimbabwe
ZIM 103-8 beat THA 74 by 29 runs
27th July: Pakistan v Netherlands
PAK 72-4 beat NED 52-5 by 20 runs
27th July: Japan v Canada
CAN 100-5 beat JAP 97-5 by 5 wickets
27th July: Ireland v Sri Lanka
SRI 63-2 beat IRE 62-9 by 8 wickets
29th July: Trophy & Shield Semi-FInals
PAK 66-1 beat IRE 65 by 9 wickets
SRI 157-6 beat NED 51-4 by 33 runs
ZIM 59-7 beat JAP 58 by 3 wickets
THA 92-6 beat CAN 79-8 by 13 runs
31st July: Finals and play-offs
Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka
3rd/4th: Ireland v Netherlands
Shield: Thailand v Zimbabwe
7th/8th: Canada v Japan