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Women cricketers handed tough draw

Raymond Jaravaza
THE Zimbabwe national womena��s cricket team has been handed a tough draw that will see the team play four matches in a week in the ICC Womena��s World Cup qualifier tournament scheduled for February in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

According to the International Cricket Council, ten countries will compete in the qualifiers tournament and will all be aiming to make it into the last four slots that are left for the ICC Womena��s World Cup to be hosted by England from 26 June to 23 July 2017.

Zimbabwe will start their qualifier campaign in Group A against Ireland at the Mercantile Cricket Association ground on 7 February before taking on Thailand three days later at the same venue.

On 11 February Zimbabwe and the hosts Sri Lanka will battle it out at the Nondescripts Cricket Club before Zimbabwe play their last qualifying match against India at the P Sara Stadium two days later.

Meanwhile, before engaging in the ICC Womena��s World Cup qualifier tournament Zimbabwe will face Scotland at Colombo Cricket Club in a warm up match.

Group B of the qualifiers tournament comprises South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papa New Guinea.
Each side will play four matches in the first round, following which the top three sides from Group A and Group B will progress to the Super Six Stage.

The top four sides from the Super Six Stage will compete in the eight team line up for the ICC Womena��s World Cup 2017 in England.

Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies have qualified for the ICC Womena��s World Cup.

Zimbabwea��s Group A fixtures:
Ireland v ZimbabweA� (7 February)
Thailand v Zimbabwe (10 February)
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe(11 February)
Zimbabwe v India(13 February)