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India qualify for 2021 Women's World Cup after cancelled series against Pakistan
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India qualify for 2021 Women's World Cup after cancelled series against Pakistan

India have secured a berth for the 2021 Women's World Cup after the ICC's decision to split points for the cancelled series against Pakistan.

Both teams have been awarded three points each for the ODI series scheduled to take place between July and November 2019.

The BCCI had communicated to the ICC regarding the logistical challenges involved in seeking government clearance to host Pakistan in the wake of persistent diplomatic tensions with the neighbouring rivals.

Cricket matches between India and Pakistan have been restricted to ICC events in recent years given the ongoing political tussle among the two nations.

The apex cricket body's technical committee declared the circumstances as a "force majeure" scenario and gave the teams equal points.

"The technical committee concluded that the (India v Pakistan) series could not be played because of a Force Majeure event," an ICC press release stated.

"The BCCI demonstrated that it was unable to obtain the necessary government clearances to allow India to participate in the bilateral series against Pakistan."

This is not the first time that the BCCI has refused to play a bilateral series against Pakistan in the ICC Women's Championship since a similar situation developed back in 2016.

On that occasion, the ICC considered BCCI's stance as a forfeiture of the Indian team as they did not provide a full explanation in writing for their unwillingness to compete against Pakistan and the latter were given all the points.

Two other final-round series have also been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic with the six points on offer being shared. These assignments include the series between South Africa and Australia and Sri Lanka's clashes against New Zealand.

India's progression to the top four sees them with a tally of 23 points, behind Australia (37), title-holders England (29) and South Africa (25).

Meanwhile, Pakistan have 19 points and will have to battle it out for the remaining three places in the World Cup at the 10-team qualifying competition in Sri Lanka slated to begin in the first week of July.

However, this tournament could experience a possible delay as the COVID-19 crisis has not relented.