File Image of India vs Pakistan Women’s clash  |  Photo Credit: PTI
The bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan have been stagnant, considering the poor political relations between the two nations. While the cricket teams of the two countries have been playing each other in ICC events, even those matches have come with their fair share of controversies. In the ongoing ICC Women’s World Championship, India’s refusal to play Pakistan could cost them a direct qualification spot in the 2021 ICC World Cup.
With a win over West Indies, Pakistan have reached the 4th spot in the points table which sees them tied at 12 with India, although the Women in Blue occupy the third spot because of a better Net Run Rate. If the Indian side decides to forfeit the Pakistan clash, they will lose 6 points while the same would be added to the opponent’s tally.
As per the tournament’s format, hosts World Cup hosts New Zealand and 4 top teams will earn a direct qualification into the 2021 event. In the case where the Kiwis are among those best four teams, the top 5 will head into the showpiece event on the basis of direct qualification.
While a total of 8 teams are participating in the tournament, the remaining ones will be made to play a qualification event (playoffs) from where a total of 4 teams will be sent to the World Cup.
The ICC Women’s Championship is contested between the top eight teams of the ICC Women’s Rankings, with each and everyone in the list going against each other in a bilateral format. The standings presently see Australia holding the summit position with 16 points to their name while New Zealand are second with 14.
It remains to be seen how the BCCI tackle this tricky scenario of playing Pakistan since the format of the tournament is such that every team is bound to play everyone.