The arch-rivals, India and Pakistan haven’t got involved in any bilateral tie for six years now. Though both the Asian heavyweights face off during the ICC held events including the World Cups (50 over and T20Is), Champions Trophies and Asia Cup; they don’t share the field regularly due to political tensions. Meanwhile, India and Pakistan are scheduled to face off in the ICC Women’s Championship. However, their refusal to come up against their neighbours could well cost them the spot in the ICC World Cup 2021.
Could India be out of the 2021 World Cup?
In the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship, Pakistan is 4th on the table with 12 points to its name after their win against the Windies. India, on the other end, is having the same points although they are placed third because of a better run-rate. Now, if the India team refuses to turn up for the clash against Pakistan, they will directly lose six points, and it would instead get added to the opposition’s tally.
As per the tournament’s format, the hosts, New Zealand and top four teams will earn the direct qualification into the 2021 mega event. If New Zealand happens to be among the top four sides, the top five will head into the 2021 World Cup on direct qualification. Though a total of eight teams are listed to partake in the tournament, the remaining ones will play a qualification event (Playoffs) from where four teams will head to showpiece event.
Meanwhile, the ICC Women’s Championship is contested between the top eight teams. All the sides are scheduled to play each of them in a bilateral format. As per the standings, Australia holds the numero uno position with 16 points; while their Trans-Tasmanian neighbours, New Zealand is second on the table with 14 points.
However, it is there to be seen how the BCCI copes with such an issue and make an official statement on the same.