Group B Preview | Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019
The four ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Group B teams Ireland, Thailand, Netherlands and Namibia who are striving for the two qualification spots for Australia 2020, look ahead to the global qualifier.
The tournament begins on 31 August at Forfarshire Cricket Club in Dundee and the Arbroath Cricket Club, with the winners of the two semifinals ensuring a place at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in the Australian cities of Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from 21 February to 8 March next year.
Thailand topped the ICC Women’s Qualifier Asia in a closely fought tournament which included Nepal, United Arab Emirates, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Kuwait. Thailand who occupy 12th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings are led by Sornnarin Tippoch who is hopeful of going one better in the 2019 Qualifier.
“It is always a good feeling to be involved in a T20 World Cup Qualification tournament. We have been in this position so many times which makes our efforts to qualify for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup a lot stronger. We have trained positively, planned well and improved into a tight unit. We are vying for a spot in the final and qualification to Australia 2020.”
Namibia qualified for the Scotland event by virtue of their finishing spot in the ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa having lost the final to Zimbabwe, their captain Yasmeen Khan said: “Every player on the team is very excited and are looking forward to taking full advantage of the opportunity to showcase their talent. Being a step away from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is an exciting experience that is sure to please any athlete or team. Therefore, to qualify is our ultimate target and we are looking forward to making our country proud.
“We do not intend to play just to fulfil the fixtures. We have set our goals to perform well throughout the tournament, from individual, to team performance. We also look forward to causing a little bit of upset! It is exciting to have the opportunity to gain the type of exposure the team will get and compare ourselves with teams that are already playing at global level.”
Netherlands who qualified from the Europe Qualifier and currently sit 21st in the rankings are keen to push on after the regional qualifier, according to captain Juliet Post. “In La Manga, Spain, we managed to qualify for the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier which was an awesome feeling. To have won the regional qualifier made us eager to push harder, take the next steps and be even more competitive. The experience gained in La Manga which has made the team stronger as a unit and we want to continue on this path.
“We are here to compete and play some good cricket and in the end you never know in T20 cricket what could happen. Qualifying for the Women’s T20 World Cup would be very special and it would be amazing if we can achieve this. To play T20 Internationals is always something special but I think the buzz around the tournament, to play against different opponents, the team building that happens and the experiences we will gain are the things which we look forward to the most.”
Ireland secured their position in the T20 Women’s World Cup Qualifier by finishing in the bottom two teams of the ICC World T20 2018. Laura Delany the captain of the team that hold 10th place in the rankings said: “I suppose trying to qualify for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is probably stating the obvious. It’s always exciting playing in these tournaments with the prospect of what lies ahead should we qualify. I think it will be a tough test for us as a squad but we can’t wait to get started.”
All ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier matches at Forfarshire Cricket Club will be live streamed and available on the ICC’s digital platforms. For the full tournament and warm-up matches schedule click here.
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