Ireland’s Women’s Cricket team will today commence a bid to qualify for the 2022 Women’s World Cup to be held next year in New Zealand.

Nine teams have gathered in Zimbabwe to compete for three places at the World Cup which Ireland is bidding to play at for the first time since 2005. Papua New Guinea was to have been a tenth but they withdrew last week leaving Ireland in a group of four teams from which three will progress to a Super Six tournament and then the top three from that to New Zealand.

Ireland’s group contains the West Indies, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands, ranked 6th, 8th and 20th in the ICC World Rankings. The Irish team is ranked 10th.

Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Zimbabwe and the USA are on the other side of the draw.

In addition to the top three teams qualifying for the World Cup, the top five will be included in an expanded World Championship series allowing for greater consistency of top-level matches against world-class opposition.

Ireland’s three fixtures in the first stage are against the West Indies today at 0930 AM, against the Netherlands in what could be the crunch game at the same time on Thursday morning, and against Sri Lanka at the same time again on Monday, 29th November.

All the games will be streamed live and free on www.icc.tv

The team is managed by former Ireland Cricket Captain Ed Joyce and captained by Laura Delany who is the current ICC Women’s International Player of the Month.

“My message for the squad is that this is a brilliant opportunity for us to show the world what we can do,” said Delany.

“We had a great series against Zimbabwe last month and had some great performances in a few T20 series in the summer. We will be coming up against a few sides we haven’t played in a long time, and for the younger players it will be their first time up against the likes of West Indies and Sri Lanka.”

“The players just need to focus on their processes and make sure we deliver on the field what we have been working on in training – then, if we do, the outcome will take care of itself. Enjoy it, focus on processes and work together as a team – if we do that, we can pull off a few results.”

Earlier this year Hanley Energy extended its backing as the primary commercial partner of Irish Women’s Cricket through to the end of 2023. They have been in that position since 2015.

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