The bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan have come to a halt for some time now. Due to the political tensions between the South Asian neighbors, the cricket teams from India and Pakistan have stopped taking on each other except for the ICC megaevents like World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy.

In the ongoing ICC Women’s World Championship, India’s refusal to play arch-rivals Pakistan might well cost them a direct qualification spot in the 2021 ICC World Cup.

As per the tournament’s format, eight teams will participate in the event. The hosts (New Zealand) and top four teams will earn direct qualification into the 2021 ICC World Cup.

Pakistan are ranked fourth while the Indian team is occupying the no.3 spot in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Championship. Both have 12 points each but the Women in Blue have a better net run-rate. If the Indian side decides against playing against Pakistan, they will lose six points, and the same number of points will be added to Pakistan’s tally.

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