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ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Thailand Team Preview

Thailand are the real story of the the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020. A country with a limited history of cricket participating as one of the top 10 teams of the world is an achievement in itself.

Key players

Courtesy of having come up against not the best oppositions in the world, several Thailand players led the batting and bowling charts in 2019. Naruemol Chaiwai was the team's top scorer in 2019 in T20Is and among the top 10 in the world with 517 runs from 25 matches at an average of over 25 and a strike rate of 80 +. She scored two half-centuries in this period with the highest of 64.

Natthakan Chantham was just below her with just two runs shy of 500 from 24 games at an average of almost 30 and a strike rate of over 90 with two half-centuries as well.

In fact, four of the team's players were among the top five wicket-takers in T20Is in 2019. Nattaya Boochatham and Suleeporn Laomi occupy the top two spots while skipper Sornnarin Tippoch and Chanida Sutthiruang are placed at the fourth and fifth spot respectively.


Squad details

ICC Emerging Player of the Year, Chanida Sutthiruang picked up 12 wickets from five matches in the qualifiers last year and is a key member of the Thailand squad. That helped the team qualify for the first time to the T20 World Cup.

The selectors have not tinkered with the group that won them the qualification event in Scotland. Sornnarin Tippoch continues to lead the team.

Thipatcha Puttawong and Suwanan Khiaoto, who featured in a recent T20 quadrangular series in India, are also part of the squad. Pacer Chanida Sutthiruangand and batters Naruemol Chaiwai and Natthakan Chantham will be in focus.

Squad: Sornnarin Tippoch (c), Nattaya Boochatham, Wongpaka Liengprasert, Phannita Maya, Ratanaporn Padunglerd, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Naruemol Chaiwai, Chanida Sutthiruang, Nannapat Koncharoenkai, Soraya Lateh, Rosenanee Kanoh, Thipatcha Puttawong, Suleeporn Laomi, Natthakan Chantham, Suwanan Khiaoto

Current form

After winning the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Asia region qualifier held in Thailand, the team participated in the T20I triangular series held in Netherlands. Ireland and Scotland were the other teams participating teams. Thai women won once again.

The team last faced Bangladesh in a two-match affair in Netherlands where they lost the series 2-0.

Best bet

Thailand are the first-ever team from the South East Asian region to qualify for an event like the World Cup. The team earned the spot by beating Papua New Guinea in Scotland in the qualifiers.

But, let's face it, the highest total that Thailand have made through their 35-match career is 133 against Netherland. Even that score might not be enough for them to earn a win on most days in the World Cup.

The fact of the matter is that not many are expecting them to win. Even if the Thai team can win one game in the tournament, it will be a laudable breakthrough.


Thailand are at the 11th spot in the Women's T20I rankings with 6582 points and 161 rating. They are the lowest-ranked team among the 10 participating teams in the tournament. In fact, Ireland, who failed to qualify for this tournament, are placed above them.

None of their players find a place in the top 10 T20I rankings.

Captain's corner

Sornnarin Tippoch - "Over the years, we have shown our unity and adaptability to situations to be one of the biggest strengths in our team, and we want to be able to do that again in Australia. If we do that, then we believe we can attain our aim of winning one or two games and being able to demonstrate a good brand of cricket for all the fans to see.

"When it comes to Australia 2020, it does not affect our mentality or preparation in games – our aim is to just go out there and show what we can do, and hopefully that will be enough to impress on our historic occasion."

Prediction - Eliminated in Group stage

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