LAHORE - Pakistan team has moved to fourth place in the ICC Women’s Championship after defeating Sri Lanka 3-0 in the second round clash, which concluded in Sharjah on Tuesday.

The ICC Women’s Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 with the top four sides earning automatic qualification for the event to be staged in England, while the bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in 2017.

The tournament structure sees each team will play each other in one home or away series that will include three ODIs over a two and a half year period. As such, each side is guaranteed at least 21 ODIs over the tournament period. As a consequence, in the latest ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Batters, Sri Lanka’s Jayangani has moved up four places to a career-high joint ninth position alongside Australia’s Jessica Cameron on 580 points, while Pakistan’s Javeria Khan has moved up two places to a career high 13th. However, the biggest movers from either camp were Sri Lanka duo Dilani Surangika in 51st spot (up eight places) and Prasadani Weerakkody (up 18 places to a career high 85th), while there were also significant advances for Pakistan duo Sana Mir (up 13 places to 63rd) and Marina Iqbal (up 22 places to 72nd).

In the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Bowlers, there was no change in the top 10, however Sri Lanka off-spinner Siriwardene has moved up three places to 16th. Sana Mir is Pakistan’s highest ranked bowler in seventh place, 22 points adrift of West Indies’ Shanel Daley. The biggest mover from either side was Pakistan’s Sumaiya Siddiqui (up six places to a career high 52nd) and Inoka Ranaweera (up 12 places to a career high 48th). Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies continues to lead the bowlers’ and all-rounders’ tables.

In the fourth and final series of the second round, fifth-placed England will travel to face bottom-placed New Zealand in February with all three ODIs taking place in Mount Maunganui.

PCB chief greets team for superb show: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan has congratulated Pakistan women’s team captain Sana Mir, manager Ayesha Ashhar and the team management for the clean-sweep in the three-match one-day series against Sri Lanka.

The series win also means that Pakistan team got all six points to qualify for the ICC Women’s Championship. “I would like to congratulate the team on completing their highest chase in ODI history and also Javeria Khan on her maiden limited-overs century. “Qualifying for the ICC World Cup Women’s Cricket is a significant achievement. In recent years, Pakistan women team has consistently performed. This reflects the hard work and commitment of all the players and management. The board and I are really proud of you all.”

“At this occasion, I also hope that the recent achievements of our women team shall inspire more women and girls across the country to take to cricket. To increase the spread of women cricket, the board has already taken several initiatives, like holding the inaugural U-21 Malala Women Championship and increasing the number of facilities dedicated for our women cricketers,” the PCB chief added.

“The board has also recently acquired a ground here at Model Town from the Punjab government exclusively for women cricket. The PCB has also signed an MoU with LUMS which will, for our women cricketers, open the its ground and excellent training facilities in a superb environment,” Shaharyar concluded.

Points table 

TEAMS    P    W    L    TIE    N/R    PTS

Australia    6    6    0    0    0    12

South Africa    6    3    2    0    1    7

West Indies    6    3    3    0    0    6

Pakistan    6    3    3    0    0    6

England    3    2    0    0    1    5

Sri Lanka    6    1    4    0    1    3

India    6    1    4    0    1    3

New Zealand    3    0    3    0    0    0