The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced a 6 team tournament to be played in Oman from 20 to 26 March 2022. The tournament called ‘2022 GCC Women’s Gulf Cup’ is an ICC-recognized tournament and all the matches will hold an international status. The 6 teams participating in the tournament are Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
From the 6 teams, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are all set to play their first-ever official international matches during this tournament. The other 4 teams namely Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have previously participated in international fixtures.
The inaugural event of Gulf Cup was held in 2014 which was hosted by Oman and saw 4 teams (Oman, UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar) participating in it. UAE went on to defeat Kuwait by 49 Runs to lift the inaugural trophy of the Gulf Cup.
In 2015, Qatar hosted the tournament and UAE went on to defeat the hosts Qatar by 5 Wickets to retain the trophy.
In the 2016 edition, the tournament also saw guest teams from Kenya, Malaysia, Uganda participate along with the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar and it was played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Kenya won the title beating UAE by 5 Wickets in the Final.
The tournament was then on hold for almost 6 years from 2017 onwards.
The 2022 GCC Women’s Twenty20 Championship Cup is the 4th event and will see 6 teams competing for the coveted title.
Here are the squads for all 6 teams.
Bahrain National Women’s Cricket Team
Tharanga Gajanayake (c)
Rasika Hathadurage (wk)
Kuwait National Women’s Cricket Team
Amna Tariq (c)
Aakriti Bose (wk)
Oman National Women’s Cricket Team
Vaishali Jesrani (c)
Sakshi Shetty (wk)
Qatar National Women’s Cricket Team
Rizpha Bano Emmanuel (wk)
Saudi Arabia National Women’s Cricket Team
Cheryl Sewsunker (c)
Mah Noor Amir
Ruba Rashid (wk)
Saba Ali Syeda
United Arab Emirates National Women’s Cricket Team
Chaya Mughal (c)
Theertha Satish (wk)