Bangladesh and the Irish women cricket teams are the final two teams to qualify for the Women's World T20 to be staged from to be staged in the West Indies from November 9 to 24.
Bangladesh, who are currently ranked ninth in the ICC multi-format women’s team rankings, topped Group A after registering a convincing 49-run victory over Scotland at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen.
Ireland, the 10th ranked team, secured top spot in Group B after beating Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 27 runs at the same venue.
Qualification of both these low ranked teams are a testament of the fact that how competitive women's cricket has become in recent times and that moving forward is the only way from here on.
In their last group match against Scotland, Bangladesh posted 125/6 with openers Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman adding 51 in the first 6.5 overs. In reply, Scotland could only muster 76/7.
For Ireland, the successful campaign came after a streak of heavy defeats against New Zealand at home and a 1-2 loss to Bangladesh at both home and away in the run up to the qualifying tournament.
Bangladesh Women's squad - Salma Khatun (captain); Ayasha Rahman; Fahima Khatun; Fargana Hoque Pinky; Jahanara Alam; Khadiza-Tul Kubra; Lily Rani Biswas; Nahida Akter; Nigar Sultana Joty; Rumana Ahmed; Panna Ghosh; Shamima Sultana (wicketkeeper); Sanjida Islam and Sarmin Sultana. Anju Jain (coach)
Ireland's women squad: Laura Delany (captain); Kim Garth; Cecelia Joyce; Isobel Joyce; Shauna Kavanagh; Gaby Lewis; Lara Maritz; Ciara Metcalfe; Cara Murray; Lucy O'Reilly; Eimear Richardson; Clare Shillington; Rebecca Stokell and Mary Waldron (wicketkeeper). Aaron Hamilton (coach)