Tournament Preview: 2019 ICC Women's Qualifier Europe Region

Akshay Mhaskar
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Netherlands Preview: Time to capitalise on the home advantage for the Lioness

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The 2019 ICC Women's Qualifier Europe is a will be held in Spain from 26th June 2019 to 29th June. Scotland, Germany and The Netherlands are competing for the top spot. Each team will play twice against the other team with the top team progressing to both the 2019 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier and the 2020 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournaments.

It is the first time Germany is participating in the World Cup qualifiers. The Netherlands, however have played 16 T20 matches out of which they have lost 15 whereas one match did not produce a result. As in April 2018, the ICC granted full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all T20 matches played by the Netherlands 1 July 2018 are full T20I.

The Netherlands have previously participated in ICC Women's T20 Global Qualifier for the 2018 edition, where they lost all 3 group matches and also lost two more positional play-off matches.

Scotland, also made their T20I debut in previous Qualifier tournament in 2018. They won 2 of their 3 group matches but lost to eventual tournament champions Bangladesh in the semi-final. They however beat Papua New Guinea in a 3rd place playoff.

Scotland appear stronger on the paper and look to win the tournament, but in March 2019, Scotland was confirmed as the host nation for the Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament. Therefore, if Scotland win the Europe Qualifier group, the next highest positioned team will also progress to the 2019 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament.

Considering this scenario, The Netherlands have stronger chance to qualify for the Global qualifiers ahead of Germany.

All the fixtures will be played at La Manga Club in Murcia, Spain.


26 June, 10.30 am Scotland vs Germany

26 June 3.30 pm Scotland vs The Netherlands

27 June 10.30 am The Netherlands vs Germany

27 June 3.30 pm The Netherlands vs Scotland

29 June 10.30 am Germany vs Scotland

29 June 3.30 pm Germany vs The Netherlands