by WELLINGTON TONI
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE cancellation of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup qualifier scheduled for Sri Lanka in July has dealt Zimbabwe a double blow.
It comes after the Southern African side was disqualified from previous international tournaments following problems at Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).
ICC has postponed the tournament in Sri Lanka because of the raging coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Lady Chevrons, as Zimbabwe’s senior women’s side is known, was to join the hosts, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea,Pakistan, Thailand, United States of America and West Indies.
The tournament was set to confirm the three teams for the World Cup in New Zealand next year.
Mary-Anne Musonda, the Lady Chevrons skipper, is concerned with the effort her team women put into preparations for the tournament might be effort down the drain.
“We had good momentum since we had started camp so this postponement threw us off track,” she said in an interview.
“We had gained ground and all the work we had put in will not go in vain. We remain positive we will give ourselves a good chance of booking a finals spot,” Musonda said.
The Zimbabwe skipper nonetheless said the postponement was inevitable.
“It was a good call. We (Zimbabwe) are facing similar challenges with regard to COVID-19. In the end, our health and that of the cricket community matters most,” Musonda said.
Last year, the Lady Chevrons missed out on the T20 World Cup qualifiers after ICC suspended ZC.
This came after the Zimbabwe Sports Commission sanctioned the ZC due to election irregularities.
The ICC’s deferment of the tournament in Sri Lanka meanwhile comes as world sport gradually begins to find its way back.
ICC has also canceled the 2022 Under 19 Cricket World Cup qualifier Europe Division 2.
The remaining two Africa and Asia qualifiers are due between August and December.
– CAJ News