THE Zimbabwe women’s cricket team will be hoping for a positive start when they square off against Netherlands in their opening match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers in Dublin, Ireland today.
With two more Group A matches ahead against Pakistan on Thursday and Thailand on Saturday, Zimbabwe will be aiming for a winning start to enhance their chances of qualifying for the women’s global showpiece to be held in Bangladesh.
Subcontinent side Sri Lanka, Ireland, Canada and Japan feature in Group A.
Following an ICC Board decision during the ICC annual conference in London in June, three teams from the Ireland event will progress to Bangladesh instead of one.
As a result, it is not just the tournament winner, but also the runner-up and the winner of the third-fourth place play-off that will progress to the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.
The three qualifying teams will join Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies in the 2014 tournament, which will be staged from March 16 to April 6.
Zimbabwe are coached by former national team all-rounder Mluleki Nkala while Ashley Burdett is the team’s captain.
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Zimbabwe Team: Ashley Burdett (captain), Loreen Tshuma, Chipo Mugeri, Sharne Meyers, Ashley Ndiraya, Precious Marange, Nonhlanhla Nyathi, Thandolwenkosi Mlilo, Christabel Chatonzwa, Pellagia Mujaji, Sharyce Saili, Tasmeen Granger, Mary-Anne Musonda, Susan Kudzibatira, Esther Mbofana Mluleki Nkala (coach), Caroline Nyamande (team manager).