Mr Isaac also thanks Cricket Ireland for the successful hosting of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier
ICC President Alan Isaac has congratulated Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Ireland for qualifying for the ICC World Twenty20 that will be staged in Bangladesh early next year.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka sealed their places after qualifying for the Trophy Final and Ireland joined them both after winning the 3rd/4th Trophy play-off against the Netherlands by 2 runs in an exciting finale in Dublin on Thursday.
After watching the match via the ICC website, Mr Isaac said: “The Trophy 3rd/4th play-off was played in the spirit of our great game, and was a wonderful spectacle of cricket for the fans across the world with such an exciting finale. It was fantastic to see a women’s qualification match broadcasted by the ICC to a global audience for the first time, marking an important step in the growth of the women’s game. It was unfortunate that the Trophy Final was lost due to rain, but this will not dampen the spirits of Pakistan and Sri Lanka who will share the trophy.
“Congratulations to the three teams which have now qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year. The skillful, disciplined and exciting performances from both matches were a testament to the continuously improving standard and depth of women’s cricket.”
Mr Isaac also complimented the other four sides in the Shield Final and Shield 3rd/4th play-off for producing good cricket throughout the week.
“I would also like to congratulate, Canada, Japan, Thailand and Zimbabwe who competed superbly throughout the week. Congratulations to Thailand who beat Zimbabwe by 25 runs (D/L method) in the Shield Final, with so much to play for, the teams have played cricket of a very high quality that the fans, as well as myself, have enjoyed immensely.
“While these teams will not be progressing to Bangladesh next year, they can be very proud of their efforts in representing their countries at such a high level. I wish them all the very best of luck in future tournaments,” he said.
Mr Isaac paid tribute to the organisers, the local clubs, the volunteers and the supporters for combining to create a successful tournament.
“I would like to thank Cricket Ireland and the clubs that hosted the teams for doing a terrific job in staging these matches,” he said.
“There is a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes, and the Board as well as all its volunteers should be congratulated for their efforts.
“Thanks also to the match officials, the dedicated ground staff and all the support staff of the competing teams, who have worked tirelessly to make this event a success. You can all reflect on a job well done,” he concluded.