The women of Zimbabwe and the women of Ireland have met a couple of times in the past couple of years.
The camaraderie between the two camps has seen the development of a friendly rivalry. The two sides have developed at similar rates and find each other a time when they are vying for reputable places in a higher challenge.
The highlight of this year is the qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup which will take place at the end of November in Zimbabwe. Eight other countries fight with the pair for availability. The top three teams in qualification will advance to the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. The top three teams, along with the next two best-placed teams, will also qualify for the next round of the ICC Women’s Championship.
Zimbabwean women get the ODI, the test status
But in this game, for Zimbabwe, it is a great moment. It becomes their first official ODI since they got their status earlier this year. This also comes with the test status.
This opens a new chapter in which they can claim greater competition off the coast. it’s all very well for Zimbabwe to travel to the women’s qualifiers matches in Africa and win seven straight games all the time, booking a seat in the global one. It’s just that he does little here for the development of the national team. And it does so even less for the rest of Africa which, in the near future, will see its path and progress inhibited.
For Zimbabwe, they learn nothing by always winning and develop better by challenging themselves. And that slot could be offered to another country that could benefit more from it.
The ODI cricket initiation seriously will be tough, but after playing in South Africa Emerging (with some national players included) and Thailand in the 50 over format, there is some, albeit little, experience for Mary-Anne Musonda and her pupils. .
There will be problems related to fitness, concerns already expressed during the recent success of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Africa in Botswana. That was the shortest format and this will be punitive.
Their being a permanent ODI nation opens up spaces. They will have to prove to the ICC from now on that the decision was right.
Matches are scheduled for 5, 7, 9 and 11 October at Harare Sports Club.
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