ICC Women's T20I World Cup Qualifier Asia
ICC Women's T20I World Cup Qualifier Asia. Image Credits: Twitter

Papua New Guinea (PNG) have pulled out of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2021 in Zimbabwe due to several players getting tested positive for COVID-19.

Team PNG were all set to lock horns with the Group A team West Indies on the first day of the marquee event, which is set to commence from November 21 and will end on December 5.

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Meanwhile, no team will replace Papua New Guinea (PNG) in Group A, and it will now only have four teams, including Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and the West Indies. However, Group B will continue to have 5 teams which consist of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Zimbabwe and the United States.

ICC Head Of Events Chris Tetley Disappointed After Papua New Guinea Withdraws From The World Cup Qualifier

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea. Image Credits: ICC

ICC Head of events Chris Tetley said that they are extremely disappointed after hearing the news of Papua New Guinea players getting tested positive for the Covid-19. He said:

Obviously we’re incredibly disappointed not to be able to welcome PNG to the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier, but they have been unable to field a team because a number of the squad have contracted COVID-19. The safety of the players and everyone involved in our events is paramount and we will go ahead with the tournament maintaining our bio-security standards.”

I really feel for the PNG players, who have been preparing extensively for this event and for whom it would have been a wonderful experience playing against several top sides in Harare, with the opportunity to qualify for the Women’s World Cup and the next round of the ICC Women’s Championship. We hope that they are back playing international cricket soon and continue to develop as a team,” he added.

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Indian Women's Team during the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia (Photo-Getty)
Indian Women’s Team during the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia (Photo-Getty)

The Zimbabwe Qualifying round will be very crucial for all the teams as three teams will be finalised for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, which is set to begin from March 4 to April 3 in New Zealand. The 3 qualifying teams, as well as the next two teams, will further join the 5 teams that have already qualified through the ICC Women’s Championship – Australia, England, India, South Africa and New Zealand.

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