ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup: Here Is All You Need To Know

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ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup
ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup will begin from January 14. (Image: Twitter/ICC)

The world is set for the inaugural season of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup. Sixteen teams will take part in this tournament which will be held in South Africa. The season comprises 41 matches and is set to begin on the 14th of January 2023 as well. The World Cup matches will be played in Benoni and Potchefstroom across four venues.

Teams are taking part in the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup:

The teams have qualified for the event, depending on their international rankings. 11 teams thus gained direct entry, while the remaining 5 teams had to undergo qualifiers.
The eleven teams that received automatic entries are as follows: Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe. The remaining 5 teams, namely, UAE, Rwanda, USA, Scotland and Indonesia.

Here’s more about the 5 qualifying teams:

The 5 qualifying teams made it through the regional rounds. Nineteen teams participated in the regional round, that had begun in June. The teams were divided into 5 groups depending on their regions. Teams from Asia, Africa, Europe, East Asia Pacific and the Americas were accepted for these qualifiers.

From the Asian qualifiers, UAE made it to the U19 World Cup, defeating opponents like Bhutan, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, and Qatar. In the finals they defeated Thailand, winning the game by 6 wickets to secure a spot at the World Cup.

Rwanda qualified from the African group of Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda. Rwanda defeated Tanzania in the final game and secured its place. Scotland secured the series against the Netherlands to qualify from the European side. Indonesia and USA won their respective spots from EAP and American groups.

Format of the tournament

Sixteen qualified teams will be divided into 4 groups. These will first play the group level games, against each other and will then compete against each team’s finest at the quarter and the semi-finals.

The groups are as follows:

Group A: Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and USA

The first group consists of these four teams, that have played some spotlight games in the past. Australia is among the global favorite team, while Bangladesh consists of some dark horses, who have gained experience playing with the senior team.

The Sri Lankan team consists of a bunch of talented youngsters. Their skipper, Vishmi Gunaratne has fine experience playing with the senior team. The USA too seems like a tough squad that is being coached under Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Group B: England, Pakistan, Rwanda and Zimbabwe

England and Pakistan will be among the major squads of the group. The two teams consist of some of the world’s finest players. They are a talented bunch and are expected to make it through the Super 6 stage.

Zimbabwe is expected to perform well given some experienced players like Michelle Mavunga being a part of the squad. Rwanda on the other hand, performed exceptionally well at the qualifiers to make it to the World Cup tournament. They are expected to keep the same momentum at an international level.

Group C: Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand and West Indies

Indonesia are the newbie and has made it to the World Cup stage for the first time ever. They are expected to perform well, keeping up with the momentum gained at the regional games. While Ireland consists of players like Amy Hunter, New Zealand are well known for their three prime players: Fran Jonas, Georgia Plimmer and Isabella Gaze.

Group D: India, Scotland, South Africa and the UAE

The Indian team seems intimidating with the inclusion of players like Shafali Verma. Their recent win over South Africa will have provided the required confidence. Scotland Cricket Team has made it to the World Cup for the first time ever. UAE, on the other hand, played impressively well and will now hope to change their chance into a victorious one by making it to the top three.

The top three teams will from each group make it to the Super 6 stage. Competing with each other the qualifying teams will gather for the semi-finals, which are scheduled to be held on the 27th of January. The finals will be held at JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom on the 29th of January.

ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup: Live Streaming Details

Fans can watch the live coverage of each of the 41 matches in the inaugural tournament in the following countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Caribbean, the USA, the MENA region and a host of other territories as well.

However, Star Sports remain the ICC’s global broadcast partner and they have licensed rights to international broadcasters for select matches as well.

India region – FanCode

Pakistan region – PTV and ARY ZAP,

Bangladesh – Rabbithole

UK – Sky Sports,

Sub-Saharan Africa – Supersport,

West Indies – ESPN Caribbean

USA – Willow TV and ESPN+,

MENA – Etisalat and Starzplay,

Malaysia – Astro,

New Zealand – Sky Sport

Australia – Fox Sports

ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup: Squads

Group A:

Australia: Chloe Ainsworth, Jade Allen, Charis Bekker, Paris Bowdler, Maggie Clark, Sianna Ginger, Lucy Hamilton, Ella Hayward, Milly Illingworth, Eleanor Larosa, Rhys McKenna, Claire Moore, Kate Pelle, Amy Smith, Ella Wilson

Non-travelling reserves: Paris Hall, Samira Dimeglio, Sara Kennedy, Olivia Henry, Ananaya Sharma

Bangladesh: Disha Biswas (c), Shorna Akter, Rabeya, Marufa Akter, Dilara Akter, Misty Rany Shaha, Reya Akter Shika, Sumaiya Akter, Afia Humaira Anam Prottasha, Mst Unnoti Akter, Mst Dipa Khatun, Leky Chakma, Asrafi Yeasmin Arthy, Jannatul Maoua, Mst Eva

Stand-by: Suborna Kormakar, Nishita Akter Nishi, Mst Rabaya Khatun, Juairiya Ferdous

Sri Lanka: Vishmi Gunarathne (c), Dahami Sanethma, Umaya Rathnayake, Rashmi Nethranjali, Rashmika Sewwandi, Dewmi Vihanga Wijerathne, Manudi Nanayakkara, Sumudu Nisansala, Pamoda Shaini, Vidushika Perera, Dulanga Dissanayake, Rismi Sanjana, Nethmi Senarathna, Harini Perera, Vihara Sewwandi

USA: Geetika Kodali (c), Anika Kolan, Aditi Chudasama, Bhumika Bhadriraju, Disha Dhingra, Isani Vaghela, Jivana Aras, Laasya Mullapudi, Pooja Ganesh, Pooja Shah, Ritu Singh, Sai Tanmayi Eyyunni, Snigdha Paul, Suhani Thadani, Taranum Chopra.

Reserves: Chetnaa Prasad, Kasturi Vedantham, Lisa Ramjit, Mitali Patwardhan, Tya Gonsalves.

Group B:

England: Ellie Anderson, Hannah Baker, Josie Groves, Liberty Heap, Niamh Holland, Ryana MacDonald-Gay, Emma Marlow, Charis Pavely, Davina Perrin, Lizzie Scott, Grace Scrivens, Sophia Smale, Seren Smale, Alexa Stonehouse, Maddie Ward

Non-travelling reserves: Emily Churms, Charlotte Lambert, Bethan Miles, Jemima Spence, Mary Taylor

Pakistan: Syeda Aroob Shah (c), Aliza Khan, Anosha Nasir, Areesha Noor Bhatti, Eyman Fatima, Haleema Azeem Dar, Haniah Ahmer, Laiba Nasir, Mahnoor, Quratulain Ahsen, Rida Aslam, Shawaal Zulfiqar, Warda Yousaf, Zaibunnisa, Zamina Tahir Chughtai

Reserves: Aqsa Yousaf, Dina Razvi, Maham Anees, Muskan Abid, Tahzeeb Shah

Rwanda: Gisele Ishimwe (c), Merveille Uwase, Henriette Isimbi, Marie Josee Tumukunde, Geovanis Uwase, Shakila Niyomuhoza, Sylvia Usabyimana, Henriette T. Ishimwe, Divine Ishimwe Gihozo, Belise Murekatete, Cynthia Tuyizere, Cesarie Muragijimana, Rosine Irera, Zurafat M. Ishimwe, Synthia Uwera.

Zimbabwe: Kelis Ndhlovu (c), Kelly Ndiraya, Kay Ndiraya, Adel Zimunu, Natasha Mtomba, Vimbai Mutungwindu, Danielle Meikle, Tawana Marumani, Michelle Mavunga, Olinder Chare, Kudzai Chigora, Betty Mangachena, Chipo Moyo, Faith Ndhlalambi, Rukudzo Mwakayeni

Group C:

Indonesia: Ni Luh Ketut Wesika Ratna Dewi (c), Thersiana Feibrene Catrina Penu Weo (vc), Ni Kadek Ariani, Yessny Yolanda Djahilepang, Sang Ayu Ketut Puspita Dewi, Lie Qiao, I Gusti Sandya Febri Pratiwi, Ni Kadek Devi Murtiari, Ni Putu Cantika, Ni Kadek Dwi Indriyani, Desi Wulandari, Ni Made Suarniasih, Gusti Ayu Made Ratna Ulansari, Dewa Ayu Sasrikayoni, Kadek Ayu Kurniartini.

Ireland: Amy Hunter (c), Siúin Woods (vc), Zara Craig, Georgina Dempsey, Rebecca Gough, Abbi Harrison, Jennifer Jackson, Joanna Loughran, Niamh MacNulty, Aimee Maguire, Kia McCartney, Ellie McGee, Julie McNally, Freya Sargent, Annabel Squires

Non-travelling reserves: Aoife Fisher, Alice Walsh

New Zealand: Izzy Sharp (c), Olivia Anderson, Anna Browning, Kate Chandler, Natasha Codyre, Izzy Gaze, Antonia Hamilton, Abby Hotton, Fran Jonas, Louisa Kotkamp, Kayley Knight, Paige Loggenberg, Emma McLeod, Georgia Plimmer, Natasha Wakelin

West Indies: Ashmini Munisar (c), Asabi Callendar, Jahzara Claxton, Naijanni Cumberbatch, Earnisha Fontaine, Jannillea Glasgow, Realanna Grimmond, Trishan Holder, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph, K D Jazz Mitchell, Shalini Samaroo, Shunelle Sawh, Lena Scott, Abini St Jean

Group D:

India: Shafali Verma (c), Shweta Sehrawat (vc), Richa Ghosh (wk), G Trisha, Soumya Tiwari, Sonia Mehdiya, Hurley Gala, Hrishita Basu (wk), Sonam Yadav, Mannat Kashyap, Archana Devi, Parshavi Chopra, Titas Sadhu, Falak Naz, Shabnam

Standby players: Shikha, Najla CMC, Yashashree

Scotland: Katherine Fraser (c), Ailsa Lister (vc)(wk), Olivia Bell, Darcey Carter, Maryam Faisal, Maisie Maceira, Kirsty McColl, Orla Montgomery, Niamh Muir, Molly Paton, Niamh Robertson-Jack, Nayma Sheikh, Anne Sturgess, Emily Tucker, Emma Walsingham

South Africa: Elandri Janse Van Rensburg, Simone Lourens, Anica Swart, Karabo Meso, Madison Landsman (vc), Oluhle Siyo (c), Kayla Reyneke, Jenna Evans, Miane Smit, Ayanda Hlubi, Seshnie Naidu, Refilwe Moncho, Monalisa Legodi, Nthabiseng Nini, Jemma Botha

Non-Travelling Reserves: Caitlin Wyngaard, Diara Ramlakan

UAE: Theertha Satish (c), Vaishnave Mahesh, Samaira Dharnidharka, Lavanya Keny, Sanchin, Rinitha Rajith, Indhuja Nandakumar, Siya Gokhale, Mahika Gaur, Avanee Patil, Archara Supriya, Rishitha Rajith, Geethika Jyothis, Sanjana Ramesh, Ishitha Zehra


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