The upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier is scheduled from September 9-19 in Botswana. Among the 11 participants, host Botswana, Cameroon, and Eswatini will play their first-ever ICC Women’s event at this tournament. The winner of this qualifier will move on to play at the Global Qualifier 2022.
Botswana captain Laura Mophakedi told ICC, “It is a great privilege for us as Botswana to be participating in the Africa Qualifier to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 for the first time and to also be hosting in these difficult times. We have been working towards the tournament covering all aspects of the game and improving from the playing experience we recently had in Rwanda. We are expecting a very competitive tournament and we are up for the challenge especially with home ground advantage. I will also take this opportunity to wish all the other teams participating all the best.”
Cameroon’s Captain Michele Solange Ekani Ngono also shared her views, “Given that this is the first that we are participating in this tournament, it is a great opportunity and opens doors for my team and our country. We have been playing cricket for a few years in Cameroon and the event provides a great platform where we can showcase our talent. We will make use of this opportunity given to us to make our country proud.”
Unfortunately, one of Cameroon’s players tested positive for Covid-19 and the whole squad has been subjected to isolation until Saturday after which they will be re-tested.
The ICC has ensured complete biosafety protocols to ensure the wellbeing of all the participants, spectators and host nation communities during an ICC event. The individuals currently affected are receiving the best possible medical support.
Source: ICC Media
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