Pakistan Women's T20 Cricket

Here is how Pakistan have qualified for Women’s T20 World Cup 2024

Here is how Pakistan have qualified for Women's T20 World Cup 2024
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Pakistan’s women’s cricket team has qualified for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 after being the highest-ranked team outside of the six direct qualifiers and the hosts. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the qualifiers on Monday.

The top three teams from Group 1 in the league stage of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 – Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa – earned direct qualification. Similarly, England, India, and the West Indies made it from Group 2. Bangladesh qualified as hosts of the ninth edition of the tournament.

Pakistan secured their spot after being the next highest-ranked team in the ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings as of February 27, 2023. The remaining two spots will be filled through a Global Qualifier to be held in early 2024, with the dates and venues yet to be announced.

Sri Lanka and Ireland are the two teams who played in the 2023 tournament but failed to get direct qualification. Sri Lanka is currently ranked eighth in the rankings, while Ireland is ranked tenth.

Meanwhile, Australia won the Women’s T20 World Cup for the sixth time, beating South Africa by 19 runs in the final at Newlands on Sunday. Opening batter Beth Mooney anchored the Australian innings, scoring an unbeaten 74 in a total of 156 for six.

Although South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt scored a valiant 61 off 48 balls, the team could not keep up with the required run rate and were restricted to 137 for six. Mooney credited Australia’s hunger for winning as the key factor in their success.

“We want to continue winning as many as there is out there. We don’t get tired of it,” Mooney said. “Something we speak about as a group is making sure we’re always evolving along the way. We’ve seen in this tournament that teams around the world are getting better and better as the years go on. We know that we’re being hunted, people are looking at us for what we do and how we go about it. So certainly, it won’t last forever, but we’ll enjoy it for as long as we can, and hopefully, we can keep piling up those trophies and enjoying our streak.”

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