Dubai: New Zealand and Sri Lanka have the chance to move as high as third in the ICC Women’s Championship table if it can sweep the series when they go head to head in round four of the ICC Women’s Championship, which starts in Lincoln on Tuesday.
A 3-0 series victory would elevate Suzie Bates’ side, which currently lies in sixth position on eight points, towards the top of the table and two points behind Australia and the West Indies. A 2-1 win would also improve the White Ferns’ position to third, four points behind the joint leaders.
In the event of a 3-0 away victory for seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, it would join third-placed South Africa on 11 points, while a 2-1 victory would see it rise join England on nine points.
The two sides have faced off on four occasions to date, with the White Ferns victorious on all four occasions, including their previous solitary clash in New Zealand.
The ICC Women’s Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and is being participated in by Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.
The top four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship will gain automatic qualification for the event proper which is 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.