Thailand claim their first win of the tournament. ©ACC
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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is to be hosted by Australia in 2020, as the top seven teams qualify to the World Cup, the ICC Women’s Qualifier Asia begins regionally between seven teams i.e China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand and the UAE are competing to secure a place in the qualifiers. Thailand will host the Asia Qualifiers between 18 and 27 February across Terdthai Cricket Ground and the Asian Institute Technology Ground in Bangkok. Teams also need to keep an eye on their T20 Team Rankings, as 21 Women’s T20Is will be played.

Captains Reactions:

Thailand captain, Sornnarin Tippoch said, “It is always a proud moment for the team and myself to be able to represent our country.  As the ICC tournaments are the start of the pathway into both T20 and 50 over World Cups, it makes the journey more exciting and special to know that we are just a few steps away from contending with the best in the world.”

“With that being said we are working hard at our game and committed to be considered as a top quality side. Cricket is a beautiful game, the sport has opened up a lot of opportunities for me and helped me grow as an athlete and as a human being.”

Nepal captain, Rubina Chhetry Belbashi said, “There was a ground near to my home where my cousins and brothers used to play. I would sit on my balcony and watch them play, my brother saw the craziness in me about cricket and took me to the ground and that’s how it all started. Being so passionate about cricket this is a great opportunity to be part of such tournaments and even more so as it is a pathway to the ultimate dream of a World Cup.”

Kuwait captain, Maryam Omar spoke about her journey of civil engineer plus cricketer, “My P.E teacher always sensed some potential in me since she always thought that I was a bright athlete. Although cricket was not widely played by people in the Arab world, my mother was the main reason behind my success, as she encouraged me to get involved because she realized that I was a very active child and knew that by getting involved in sports it would keep me out of trouble.”

“I personally feel very privileged to be able to lead Kuwait, at such a grand event. Women cricketers in Kuwait have a lot of potential and talent, tournaments like this will definitely support us and spark our ambition to get better.”

Hong Kong captain, Mariko Hill talks about the playing cricket at the world stage, “It means a lot to play in this tournament as there are high stakes for both T20 and ODI qualification. I remember when I started playing cricket in a grassroots program at The Hong Kong Cricket Club with my elder brother in 2007. Being the only girl, I wanted to prove the boys wrong about the preconceived idea of girls not being able to play sport. And now cricket is a vehicle for equal opportunities, no matter your age, gender or ethnicity.”

China captain, Huang Zhou said enthusiastically excited to be playing in an ICC tournament, “It is very good opportunity for us a team to participate in this tournament. Cricket is fairly new in China and all the players are trying hard to achieve the most and perform the best they can.”

Malaysia captain, Winifred Anne Duraisingam said, “Playing in this tournament is great experience for us, we are all working really hard to make our country proud and qualify for the next stage.”

The other four regional events will take place over the next four months where these teams will also embark on their journey, before the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 later this year.

Full Schedule here

ICC WOMEN’S QUALIFIERS, 2019

Event Teams Dates and Location
Asia 2019 China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, UAE 18-27 February, Thailand
Africa 2019 Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe 5-12 May Zimbabwe
EAP 2019 Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, PNG, Samoa,
Vanuatu
6-11 May, Vanuatu
Americans 2019 Canada, USA 17-19 May, USA
Europe 2019 Germany, Netherlands, Scotland  24-30 June, Spain

 

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