England announces squad for ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has named a strong fifteen-member squad ahead of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 which is scheduled to begin on 14th January 2023.

Grace Scrivens will captain England's Women’s Under 19s side at Under 19 World Cup. PC: englandcricket / Twitter
Grace Scrivens will captain England’s Women’s Under 19s side at Under 19 World Cup. PC: englandcricket / Twitter

When are the warm-up matches scheduled for England?

England has warm-up matches scheduled against the West Indies on the 9th of January and Indonesia on the 11th of January.

Which Group is England a part of?

England is a part of Group B placed along with the likes of Pakistan, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.

When are the Group Stage fixtures?

Date

Opponent

Venue

Time (in IST)

15th January

Zimbabwe

JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom

5:15 PM

17th January

Pakistan

JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom

5:15 PM

19th January

Rwanda

North-West University Oval, Potchefstroom

1:30 PM

Who comprises the England U19’s squad?

Ellie Anderson, Hannah Baker, Josie Groves, Liberty Heap, Niamh Holland, Ryana MacDonald-Gay, Emma Marlow, Charis Pavely, Davina Perrin, Lizzie Scott, Grace Scrivens (Captain), Sophia Smale, Seren Smale, Alexa Stonehouse, Maddie Ward

Non-travelling reserves: Emily Churms, Charlotte Lambert, Bethan Miles, Jemima Spence, Mary Taylor

Takeaways

  • In a surprising move, England did not include the talented Alice Capsey, 18 and Freya Kemp, 17 who are experienced campaigners for England in the senior team for the U-19 World Cup squad.

  • The squad comprises the likes of Ryana MacDonald-Gay and Sophia Smale who were a part of the Hundred’s victorious side, The Oval Invincibles so they reek of experience. Even Hannah Baker and Grace Scrivens have featured for the Welsh Fire and London Spirit respectively, have been included.

  • Chris Guest will be the Head Coach with Laura Marsh and Darren Franklin acting as assistants.

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What did Richard Bedbrook, the head of England’s women’s pathways who chaired the selection panel have to say?

“It’s hugely exciting to name this squad and to think ahead to the opportunity that awaits the players. They’re a tremendous group of young cricketers with great potential at the beginning of their journeys in the game. They’ll all benefit hugely from this experience – on and off the field. It’s important to compete in this age group and it’s equally important to continue the process of learning what it takes to progress to the next level. I’m sure we’ll take a lot away from the tournament. We have the ambition for the next few months to be a significant life moment for all the players and ensure they use it as a springboard towards making an impact in senior regional cricket, and hopefully beyond in years to come.” He added, “The ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup will provide an exciting platform for the best young players around the world and it will be really exciting to see our players compete against their peers in a global event.”

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