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Sri Lanka, Ireland fail to secure direct qualification for 2024 T20 World Cup

Both sides will have an opportunity to make the cut for 2024 T20 World Cup via the qualifier tournament later in the year

The Sri Lanka players celebrate a wicket  •  Getty Images

The Sri Lanka players celebrate a wicket  •  Getty Images

Australia, South Africa, England, India, New Zealand and West Indies have earned automatic qualification to the 2024 Women's T20 World Cup by virtue of finishing in the top three of their respective groups at the 2023 edition of the competition. Bangladesh will also feature in next year's edition, on virtue of being hosts, while Pakistan have qualified courtesy of being the seventh-ranked team as of February 27.
That means Sri Lanka (ranked eighth) and Ireland (tenth) are the only teams from the 2023 T20 World Cup who have not secured direct qualification. They will take part in a qualifier tournament later in the year with the top two sides from that event becoming the ninth and tenth teams at the 2024 event in Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka won two games at the tournament, including an upset victory over the hosts, South Africa, and finished fourth in Group 1 with four points - the same as South Africa and New Zealand but with a lower net run-rate. Ireland did not win any of their four matches and were last in Group 2. They earned their spots for the 2023 World Cup by beating Zimbabwe by four runs at a qualifying event in September last year.
The 2024 T20 World Cup will be the last edition of the tournament to feature only 10 teams with the ICC confirming that the field will increase to 12 teams in the 2026, 2028 and 2030 editions. A new ICC Women's T20 Champions Trophy will launch in 2027 and will feature six teams. The inaugural hosts are pencilled in as Sri Lanka, but only if they are able to qualify for the event.